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Vaca Frita

Enjoy this crispy shredded beef steak recipe that’s garnished with cilantro – a hearty Cuban dinner.

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  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 30 min
  • Servings 5

Cooked Beef

2
lb beef flank steak or skirt steak
6
cups water (enough to cover steak)
1
large onion, cut into fourths
1
teaspoon salt
1/2
teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1/2
teaspoon dried oregano leaves
1
bay leaf

Crispy Beef and Onions

1/4
cup olive oil
1
large sweet onion, thinly sliced
3
cloves garlic, finely chopped
3
tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro
1/3
cup fresh lime juice or sour orange juice
1/2
teaspoon salt
Fresh cilantro leaves, if desired

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LOCATION

Directions

  • 1 In 6-quart Dutch oven, mix beef ingredients. Heat to boiling over high heat. Cover; simmer about 1 hour or until beef is tender. Remove beef from liquid; reserve liquid.
  • 2 Meanwhile, in 12-inch skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Cook and stir onion in oil 15 to 20 minutes or until onion is light golden brown; remove from skillet and set aside. In same skillet, cook garlic 1 to 2 minutes; remove from skillet and set aside.
  • 3 Using 2 forks, shred beef. In same skillet heat oil over medium-high heat and add shredded beef to skillet; cook over medium-high heat about 10 minutes or until crispy. Stir in chopped cilantro, lime juice and salt. Add cooked onions and garlic; mix well. Place shredded beef on plates. Serve with reserved liquid. Garnish with cilantro leaves.

EXPERT TIPS

Expert Tips

Tradition says to serve this tasty crispy beef dish with tostones.

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
370
(
Calories from Fat
120),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
13g
13%
(Saturated Fat
3 1/2g,
3 1/2%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
130mg
130%;
Sodium
790mg
790%;
Total Carbohydrate
8g
8%
(Dietary Fiber
1g
1%
  Sugars
3g
3%
),
Protein
54g
54%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
2%;
Vitamin C
8%;
Calcium
4%;
Iron
35%;
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1/2 Vegetable; 4 1/2 Very Lean Meat; 3 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 0 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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