This beef stew called ropa vieja, which literally translates to “old clothes,” is either made with braised and shredded flank steak or brisket. The shredded meat stews with chipotle and tomatoes for an unforgettable dish. There is an old wives tale that says ropa vieja was created by an extremely poor man whose family was coming to visit. He realized he didn’t have any food to feed them, so he tore up his old clothes and put them in a pot to cook. While the old clothes were cooking, he thought of how much he loved his family, and with that love, the pot miraculously turned into a delicious beef stew.
Recipe via Sweet Life