Carne Deshebrada (Shredded Beef) cooked to tender perfection in a savory tomato sauce with onions, peppers, olives and cilantro. Serve with a side of rice for a complete meal! Comfort food at its best!
Cuisine: Puerto Rican
Keyword: ropa vieja meat, shredded beef
Author: Mexican Appetizers and More
To Make Shredded Beef
2lbschuck roast, beef round, brisket, flank or skirt steak
½tspcrushed red pepper flakes
1dried bay leaf
1cupbeef or chicken broth
handful fresh cilantrochopped
Spices & Veggies for Carne Deshebrada
1pepperrinsed, seeded and sliced
4garlic cloveschopped finely
1½tsptomato pastecan also use ⅓ cup of tomato sauce
pimiento stuffed olives
¾-1cupbroth from cooked beef (or water)
handful fresh cilantro
salt and pepper to taste
To Make Shredded Beef in Instant Pot or Slow Cooker
Add meat to a large pot and add enough water to cover beef. Add the spices included in the instant pot recipe with broth and cook beef over medium heat for 2-3 hours or until beef is very tender. Make sure to check that meat has enough water every 30 minutes and is not drying out.
Once beef is done, bring to a cutting board and shred with two forks.
Cooking the Carne Deshebrada
In a large skillet over medium high heat, add a tablespoon of oil and stir in onions, peppers and olives.
Cook for 4-5 minutes or until onions and peppers are to your liking.
Add chopped garlic and stir. Cook for 1 minute.
Stir in the tomato paste, sofrito, bay leaf, oregano and broth from cooked beef (or water). Allow sauce to cook for 5 minutes on medium heat.
Add the shredded beef to the sauce and incorporate well with sauce.Cook on medium low heat for 20-30 minutes.
Add cilantro. Stir.Add salt and pepper to taste.Beef is done!
When you're ready to serve, sprinkle with lime juice. (optional)