Vaca Frita

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

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

Ingredients

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
  • 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

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

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.