Boliche (Cuban Pot Roast) Recipe -
Boliche (Cuban Pot Roast) Recipe
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Boliche (Cuban Pot Roast)

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"A Cuban style pot roast recipe we use at the fire house."

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    30 mins
  • COOK

    3 hrs

    6 hrs 40 mins


  1. Lay the eye of round roast on your work surface. Use the tip of a sharp boning or paring knife to cut a pocket by inserting the knife all the way through the center of the roast, beginning on the flat side. Rotate the blade 90 degrees and insert the knife in the same spot, creating an cross shape that extends through the roast. Stuff the chorizo pieces into the pocket. Using the same knife, pierce the roast all over. Set aside.
  2. Mash garlic and oregano with a mortar and pestle to create a paste. Rub paste all over the roast, then season with paprika, salt, and pepper. Pour the orange juice, lime juice, and lemon juice over the roast. Cover with plastic wrap and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours, or overnight. Remove the roast from the marinade, and shake off excess. Reserve marinade.
  3. Heat a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Place the roast in the Dutch oven and brown on all sides, about 10 minutes. Remove roast to a platter, and set aside. Stir in the onions; cook and stir until the onion has softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes. Return the roast to the pot. Add the bay leaves, sherry, beef broth, and reserved marinade. Increase heat to medium-high, bring to a boil, then cover and reduce heat to low; simmer 2 hours.
  4. Drop potatoes into the pot, cover, and continue to simmer until potatoes are tender and easily pierced with a fork, about 30 minutes more, adding additional beef broth as needed.
  5. Remove the roast and place on a platter. Cover the meat with two layers of aluminum foil, and allow to rest in a warm area for 10 minutes. Slice roast into 1/2-inch thick slices, and arrange potatoes on the platter. Spoon the remaining sauce over, and serve.
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  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Mar 15, 2011

I have been making a version of this all my life. Having grown up in Tampa, it was a staple for Sunday lunches or anytime during the week. The ONLY difference in this reciped and mine is that I use ham steak instead of chorizo. You just chop it up and stuff it in the roast like the chorizo. My grandma could not eat the spice chorizo and there was always leftover ham to use in this. For optimal flavor, marinate overnight. You can do it in three hours if you must but it is even better if you plan ahead and let it sit. WONDERFUL!!!!!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Sep 23, 2012

This was pretty good, my wife didn't like it tho. I used all the ingredients the recipe called for, but after stuffing the roast with chorizo, and rubbing the spice paste, I threw everything, including the marinade, in the slow cooker, and cooked on low for 6 hours. The beef was tender and had a nice citrus flavor. I served it over rice, and poured the juice over it. I don't know if it would have been any better if I had seared it, and cooked in the oven.


12 Ratings

Dec 11, 2011

I made a few changes. No oregano. Rosemary and sage for the rub. Red wine rather than sherry No potatoes. I didn’t use too much olive oil for browning the roast. After bringing roast and liquid to boil on cooktop in cast iron pot, I put it in oven (covered) at 400°C for 30-45 minutes, basting every 15 minutes or so and then turned it down to 350°C for another 90 minutes. Let roast sit covered with foil for at least 20 minutes while you reduce the liquid. It got rave reviews.

May 03, 2011

Amazing!!! I used ham instead of chorize, because of my kids and didn't have any potatoes, so I thickened the gravy with a little cornstarch and served over rice. It was a hit!

Nov 14, 2011

I made this with the Chorizo but my roast wasn't really thick enough to stuff the chorizo into the middle so I stuffed it in the crevices where I could. It was very yummy. Everyone loved it!

Mar 04, 2012

This was the first time I cooked with Chorizo Sausage and cooking Sherry. It didn’t call for the baby carrots, but what pot roast is complete with them? This was amazing! I'll be keeping this one in the book.

Jun 28, 2015

I've never liked Pot Roast, but this was delicious. I skipped all the marinate ingredients and bought "Mojo" sauce. (I live in Miami, it's a standard Hispanic marinate sold everywhere here). It has all the same ingredients and it's much easier to open a bottle!

Dec 29, 2014

I changed up a little bit...I used an elk roast instead of beef and made it in a slow cooker. I marinaded the roast overnight. The meat was well flavored throughout (not just the outside) and plenty tender. Pleasant tangy flavor with a hint of sweetness. I will make it again. I think adding a little cumin, a pinch of red pepper (or a chopped jalapeno) and a little cilantro at the end could take this to a whole new level.


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  • Calories
  • 585 kcal
  • 29%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 31.1 g
  • 10%
  • Cholesterol
  • 94 mg
  • 31%
  • Fat
  • 32.7 g
  • 50%
  • Fiber
  • 3.2 g
  • 13%
  • Protein
  • 38.5 g
  • 77%
  • Sodium
  • 890 mg
  • 36%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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