Canarian Ropa Vieja Recipe
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Spanish
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Serves: 6
Canarian ropa vieja is a delicious dish made with shredded beef and chicken, garbanzo beans and tomatoes. It's a hearty stew that will warm you up!
  • 1 large can of chickpeas/garbanzo beans (you could also soak dried beans the night prior, but I find it easier to buy good quality canned beans)
  • About one pound (half a kilo) of beef
  • About one pound (half a kilo) of chicken
  • 2 links of chorizo (optional)
  • About two pounds (one kilo) of potatoes
  • 6 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, peeled and chopped
  • ½ cup white wine
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • Smoked Spanish paprika (about 2 teaspoons)
  • Black pepper
  • Cloves (about 3)
  • Bay leaf
  • Salt
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  1. Cover the chicken and beef with water and bring to a boil
  2. Simmer until cooked through, remove and let cool
  3. Shred the meat and add to a large frying pan filled with a splash of hot olive oil
  4. Add the garbanzos to the pan and fry the shredded meat and garbanzo beans
  5. Once crispy, remove from pan and set aside
  6. In the same oil (you may need to add a bit more) add the chopped onion, pepper, tomato, and garlic
  7. Once the sofrito (fried vegetables) is cooked down, add 3 cloves and some black pepper
  8. Add two teaspoons of paprika, the white wine, broth, and bay leaf
  9. When simmering, add back in the meat and garbanzos and bring to a simmer
  10. Add the diced potatoes and cover for 15 minutes while simmering (a more traditional way is to fry the potatoes separately, but this is a bit more healthy)
  11. Uncover after 15 minutes and allow to simmer until the potatoes are cooked through
  12. Enjoy!
Recipe by Spanish Sabores - Simple Spanish Recipes & Travel Tips at