Vaca Frita – Fried Beef


Vaca Frita is a very traditional Cuban entrée that is easy and fast to prepare. And it is very delicious too.

Here is the recipe from Three Guys from Miami.

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Total time: 30 minutes
Yield: 4-6 servings

Tender beef shredded and crisped in the frying pan for a unique taste treat.


1 1/2 pounds leftover beef roast
3 tablespoons dry sherry
salt and black pepper by eye
1 teaspoon oregano
cumin by eye
3 tablespoons olive oil for sautéing
5 cloves garlic, chopped fine
2 1/2 cups yellow onion, sliced
2 cups green bell peppers, cored and sliced
juice of 1/2 lime
8 lime wedges

Take the meat and pound it out with a meat hammer or rolling pin to break into strands. Sprinkle meat with a little sherry and season with salt, pepper, oregano, and cumin.

Sauté the garlic cloves, onions, and green peppers in the oil until the onions begin to go limp. Then add the meat. Continue sautéing until the meat is hot and somewhat crispy. Squeeze the lime juice over the meat.

Serve with lime wedges, steamed white rice, and sweet plantains. You can also add black beans or congri as a side dish. Enjoy.

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