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Cuban Beef Stew Recipe

Cuban Beef Stew

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"The traditional dish uses a good amount of olive oil and meat with a lot of marbling. This version is lower in fat, but is true to the spirit of the recipe. Although it does take a fair amount of time, it is not difficult to make."

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Original recipe makes 6 to 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    2 hrs

    2 hrs 10 mins


  1. In a large saute pan, heat oil over medium heat. Cook onion and garlic in oil, stirring frequently, until transparent. Stir in cubed meat, and cook until browned. Stir in red bell pepper, bay leaf, cumin, and oregano; cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
  2. Stir in sherry, tomato sauce, vinegar, olives, raisins, and capers. Pour in enough water to just cover meat. Bring to boil, reduce heat to low, and cover. Simmer until fork tender, about 1 1/2 hours. Add more water if the stew becomes too thick.
  3. Stir potatoes into the stew. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Cook, covered, until potatoes are almost tender. Uncover, and cook until done.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Oct 08, 2003

I am not a big beef lover but this broth has such a rich depth of flavor that I loved this. I did not add the capers or red pepper because I didn't have it on hand-and it still was very good. The only thing I think it needed was veggies. I added carrot chunks this time. My husband ate over white rice. I had over red beans and rice (leftovers). Added 2-27-03:I've made this a few times now,and have noticed each time, when you add the potatoes,it loses quite a bit of flavor. I now add extra spices WHEN I make with the potatoes. When I serve over rice, beans etc., I simply omit the potatoes.Also, we did not like the flavor of the capers, when used.To our taste, the capers really changed the flavor (to "sour" instead of nice and "tangy")., Will make again WITHOUT the capers."

Most Helpful Critical Review
Nov 24, 2010

Lacked flavor. Have a similar recipe that includes lime juice. That may have saved this recipe but did not have limes on hand. Was really disappointed with the results. Won't make again.

Jan 08, 2003

i grew up eating cuban food, and this is pretty authentic. delicious! serve with black beans & yellow rice, and fried (ripe) plantains.

Apr 01, 2003

I love all kinds of stews and this was a great departure from common European stews. My husband raved and my son ate it without complaints, even with the olives. I departed from the recipe by slow cooking in a crock pot (love my crock pot!) - after browning meat, adding spices and simmering for 3 minutes. Ate it in a sourdough bread bowl - yummy. Next time must try more authentic Cuban meal with fried plantains.

Sep 21, 2003

This was without a doubt the best stew ever! I made this for our weekly"extended family", 12 people, dinner . That required doubling the recipe. I used my crock-pot and cooked the beef and other ingred. (except the potatoes) for 8 hours on low. I cooked the potatoes separately and added them to the stew for the last 1/2 hour. I served this with crusty bread, steaned whole green beans and a salad. This is a winner.

Jan 03, 2008

Oh, my, my, my, my, my! Or should I say, que bueno! My hubby LOVED this dish, giving it an off the charts "10"! Tweaks: I made exactly as directed except used beef broth instead of water, did not add potatoes, served with mashed (thanks previous reviewer), and added a tablespoon of cornstarch with beef broth at the end for a lovely gravy. AH, the sweet, the savory, very well done, indeed. Will be a winter classic in this home!

Jan 09, 2003

I left out the potatoes and served this over rice. I put all the liquids in a measuring cup and added just enough water to make 2 cups. I threw the meat and liquid in my pressure cooker and cooked it for 50 minutes. Very tender and excellent!!!

Jul 13, 2003

Loved this! Another hit at my Soup and Stew party. Interesting blending of flavors that only got better the longer it simmered away in the crock pot. Next time I will make it spicy by adding some crushed red pepper or a fresh jalapeno or two. Great Stew!


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  • Calories
  • 353 kcal
  • 18%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 29.4 g
  • 9%
  • Cholesterol
  • 57 mg
  • 19%
  • Fat
  • 17.2 g
  • 27%
  • Fiber
  • 3.7 g
  • 15%
  • Protein
  • 19.5 g
  • 39%
  • Sodium
  • 498 mg
  • 20%

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

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