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Tacos Ropa Vieja

Tacos Ropa Vieja

I’d like to believe I’m Superwoman.  But I’m not.

I often wish I were type A.  Sadly, I’m not that either.

I can multi-task.  I think all women can multi-task.  It’s in our blood. Right?

Organic Poblano Peppers

But again, I’m not really the best at multi-tasking either.

Just ask the Bennett Crew.

Tacos Ropa Vieja (Shredded Beef Tacos)

I’m sitting in my office (the dining room) writing client menu’s, researching nutrition information, responding to an email or maybe writing a blog post.  I see someone in front of my computer.

I see their lips moving.  But I hear nothing.  I’m totally focused.  Or maybe it’s selective hearing?  Hmmm… There are moments my daughters have this affliction. 🙂

Then Ranger Craig does the subtle “walk by the dining room several times” trick.  Must be time for dinner.

The girls and Ranger Craig haven’t had much luck getting my attention so they send in Mr. Brown Eyes.

Tank aka "Mr. Brown Eyes"

Tank sits patiently beside my chair, staring me down. Just waiting for me to make eye contact.

Because he wants a snack.

Tank always wants a snack. And the Bennett Crew knows I’ll cave in and get Mr. Brown Eyes a snack.  How could anyone resist that face?

Tank gets his snack, and despite how it might look, the Bennett Crew gets dinner.  Ahhh… all is good in my world.

Tacos Ropa Vieja

A lovely way to celebrate the warmth of Latin food in the middle of Winter. 


For the Roast:

2-3 lb chuck roast

1 teaspoon chipotle chili powder

1 teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon black pepper

For the Tacos

1 poblano pepper, roasted, peeled, seeded and diced

1 red pepper, roasted, peeled, seeded and diced

3 cloves garlic, minced

Salt and pepper to taste

12-18 corn tortillas (I like the small white corn tortillas)

Corn oil

1/2 cup chopped white onion

½ cup chopped cilantro

1 cup Ranchero or Mexican Shredded cheese

Avocado slices


To prepare the roast

Preheat the oven to 300F.  Place the roast in a roasting pan or baking dish. Mix together the chili powder, salt and pepper and then rub over the roast.

Place the roast in the oven and let it slowly cook for about 2 ½ – 3 hours until done.

For the Tacos

If you haven’t completed this step… prep the peppers and mince the garlic and place in a bowl. For more information about how to roast, peel and seed a pepper check out this website.

Once the roast is done and slightly cooled, shred the beef into strips or into small diced pieces, removing any extra fat.  This recipe is traditionally cut into strips or shredded but I really love the beef small diced.

Add the beef, peppers and garlic to a skillet over medium high heat.  Let the beef brown a bit and blend with the flavors of the peppers and garlic.  This should only take about 5-8 minutes.  Taste for salt and pepper.  Take it off the heat and set aside.

Combine the ½ cup chopped white onion and ½ cup chopped cilantro. Reserve.

Place the tortillas on a lined baking sheet and brush with corn oil.  Put them under the broiler and toast each side lightly.  Be careful not to walk away as these will burn quickly.

Once the tortillas are slightly toasted, fold them in half to form a taco shell.

You’re now ready to eat!

Fill the tortillas with Ropa Vieja and top with a tablespoon or so of the white onion cilantro mixture.

Next top with crumbled or shredded Mexican cheese and Avocado slices.  Serve with salsa if desired.

Bonita Delicioso!

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  • Reply
    Lisa Michele
    March 12, 2012 at 9:52 am

    Looks delicious! I will have to get this on my menu quick!
    You are correct, we women are the best multi-tasking jugglers around..sometimes I think to our demise….;( Need to make more still time in our lives to nurture ourselves so we can give our “best selves” to our family and friends..

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      March 12, 2012 at 9:55 am

      Well said Lisa!! And so great to hear from you! Hope all is fabulous in your life and say hello to your handsome little guy for me. 🙂

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    March 12, 2012 at 10:05 am

    Who could resist Mr. Brown Eyes…I’d have to stop what I was doing too. Your taco sound delicious with lots of flavor.

    • Reply
      March 12, 2012 at 12:17 pm

      Haha! Thanks Karen. Tank is a fiesty little guy who completely owns my heart!

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    March 12, 2012 at 10:28 am

    This looks like a great use of a cheap roast!

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      March 12, 2012 at 12:19 pm

      Well it certainly makes good use of the more inexpensive cuts. I just hope those cuts are quality beef. That truly makes the difference in taste. Thanks for the comment!

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    March 12, 2012 at 11:06 am

    Tacos – what a great idea for this time of year. I love, LOVE homemade tacos. And your photography is awesome!

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      March 12, 2012 at 12:18 pm

      Thanks Bill! I think I could eat tacos every night of the week! Which is probably why I post so many taco recipes. 🙂

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    March 12, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    Tank is sooo cute but your Tacos look so delicious! Luring me in with cute animals and delicious food — I need to try that next time 🙂

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    March 12, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    Oh my gosh…Tank is so cute!!! I would give him a snack too!!

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      March 12, 2012 at 9:20 pm

      Haha! Thank you… That seems to be the general consensus around here. Which is why he’s such a good beggar. 🙂

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    March 13, 2012 at 12:52 am

    sounds really delicious 🙂

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      March 13, 2012 at 8:08 am

      Thanks Tandy! They are delicious and worth the effort. Happy Cooking 🙂

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    March 13, 2012 at 4:36 am

    I’m good for this! Wonder if I can’sell’ it to my Crew?

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      March 13, 2012 at 8:10 am

      🙂 When my niece is visiting I leave out the peppers and just add the garlic and onion. Then serve the tacos with the garnishes plus some sour cream for my niece. Plain and simple… just the way she likes. Enjoy!

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    March 13, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    I just favorited your blog and I’ll definitely be coming back. The recipes look delicious and I’m always looking for fun and nutritious ways to feed my family. I love your writing style…so honest. Thanks so much for visiting my blog today and leaving a comment. I think you’re right that woman are inherently amazing multi-taskers but sometimes I feel so overwhelmed by it all. I need to take my own advice and just live in the moment, not rush and just remember to breath. thanks, again! x

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      March 13, 2012 at 7:00 pm

      Chessa, Deepest thanks for the lovely compliment! I am a huge admirer of your work, your blog, your writing. Thank you again and Delicious Wishes!

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    March 13, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    This recipe for ropa vieja tacos looks fantastic. My husband is particularly fond of rop vieja and this looks like the recipe to try!

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      March 13, 2012 at 7:14 pm

      Thank you for the comment!! Hope your husband likes the recipe. 🙂

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    March 15, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    I love tacos, I’ve just made some yesterday…..your ones looks delicious, have a great weekend 🙂

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      March 16, 2012 at 7:47 am

      Thanks Katya! Happy Weekend to you too 🙂

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    March 16, 2012 at 6:47 am

    Love Mr Brown Eyes – precious little pup.
    🙂 Mandy

    • Reply
      March 16, 2012 at 7:48 am

      Awww… thanks Mandy. He’s a keeper that one. Melts my heart most days.

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    March 16, 2012 at 7:43 am

    There is no way anyone could resist that little cutie!

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      March 16, 2012 at 12:19 pm

      Allison… which is why he’s sporting a few extra pounds. 🙂

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    Bam's Kitchen
    March 16, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    Thanks so much for stopping by my website so I could find yours. You have so many lovely recipes and your taco ropa vieja looks like and awesome weekend meal. Do you like to serve it with salsa verde or tomato salsa? Take care, BAM

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      March 20, 2012 at 9:21 am

      Thanks Bam! And you’re so welcome. I love these tacos with tomato salsa, but I really love fish tacos with salsa verde. Yum!

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    March 16, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    How gorgeous is Mr Brown eyes and how amazing do those Taco’s look! Quick, healthy and tasty, all great things to have in a meal. Seriously, yum 🙂

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      March 20, 2012 at 9:22 am

      Thank you! And we completely adore our Mr. Brown Eyes aka Tank. LOL! He thinks he’s one of the kids.

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    Renee Lalane
    March 17, 2012 at 5:45 am

    Wow I love your recipes

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      March 17, 2012 at 10:07 am

      Thank you Renee! I’ll have to scoot on over to your blog and check out your recipes too. Looking forward to it!

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    Chica Andaluza
    March 18, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    Seriously good tacos, but little Tank stole my heart!

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      March 18, 2012 at 5:03 pm

      Haha! Thanks Chica! Yes, he steals our hearts on a regular basis. Which is why he’s on a diet. No one can resist those brown eyes and he gets way too many treats. 🙂

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    An Irish Village Pantry
    March 20, 2012 at 9:09 am

    Great post as always Karista, and I also have a Mrs Brown Eyes. The guilt trip staring eyes must be part of their small hairy genes 🙂

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      March 20, 2012 at 9:19 am

      Thank you! What type of pup is your Mr. Brown Eyes? Gotta love those eyes, which is why my brown eyes is up a few extra pounds. LOL!

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        An Irish Village Pantry
        March 20, 2012 at 2:27 pm

        Pippa is a Yorkshire Terrier and just about to turn 1 🙂 She’s in love with sausages, we can’t say the word aloud and I have to sneak the frying pan from the drawer to cook anything! Pic of her here

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          March 20, 2012 at 3:31 pm

          She is adorable! What a beautiful girl. We love terriers. And how funny she loves sausages. Haha! They are quite the little comedians these terriers.

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    Leslie Chapman
    April 13, 2012 at 9:44 am


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