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Another Cuban influence in the Canaries, this tasty dish is inadequately named Ropa Vieja which translated means old clothes. Very popular in Canarian households its a good way of using up leftovers from a dish called Puchero which is another type of stew. I suppose its the same idea in the way we would make Bubble and Squeak from the leftovers of a roast. It has become so popular that most people now do make it as a dish and not wait until they have leftovers. There are 2 main ingredients usually shredded beef and chicken and sometimes pork or maybe all 3 meats. Added to the meat you will normally find garbanzo beans, tomato sauce and boiled potatoes.

What you will need

  • 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