Vegan Ropa Vieja Recipe made using okra, red bell peppers and other fresh veggies. I took this traditional Cuban recipe and made a vegan version of it. Instead of shredded beef, I shredded the okra and it was so good. My favorite part of this recipe is saying that I am eating “old clothes” for dinner
“Mom, what’s for dinner?”
That will be the conversation you will have with your kids when you make these Ropa Vieja at home.
So, I am an eavesdropper and I make no apologies for it!
Whenever I am at the supermarket, my ears will perk up every time I hear someone talking about food or making dinner plans. I just can’t help myself because I am always intrigued by what people are putting on their dinner tables.
I am lucky to be living in a vibrant Latin community because they have a deep passion for food and are always talking about recipes at the supermarket
That’s how I came across “arroz con frijoles” that I made for Bowl-Me-Over’s Vegan Cuban Bowl. I was so inspired by a conversation at the Cuban supermarket that I ran home and made Rice and Beans, Cuban style.
Today’s recipe is yet another one inspired by a Cuban conversation at my local supermarket. Two Cuban women were waiting at the Deli counter to purchase beef for “Ropa Vieja” they were making for family visiting over the weekend.
I googled the recipe immediately and was completely fascinated by it. I couldn’t wait to try a vegan version of this Cuban staple. One of the main things in this recipe is to use shredded beef that has been oven roasted to perfection.
So, what works best a beef replacement? I found that eggplant is the perfect consistency and it was dense enough to provide this recipe with a nice flavor. I oven roasted the eggplant to perfection and then shredded it with a fork before mixing it with all the other ingredients
In my recipe, I used Okra that I had left over from my “Okra in a Blanket” recipe. I also added other roasted veggies like Mushrooms, bell peppers and tomatoes. For spices, I was so happy to make use of my homemade Cuban seasoning! You wouldn’t believe how delicious it all the ingredients worked together.
Look how vibrant and colorful that veggie tray looks!!! Its the perfect representation of the vibrant Cuban culture!
It was soooo good and I am so glad I experimented with this recipe because I would never have thought of making it for my blog. I served it with white rice, but, you could also serve it with brown rice or tortillas.
This is one of my proudest recipes and I can’t wait to see what all of you thought of this recipe. Feel free to leave me a comment below with your favorite cultural recipe.
Do you love eating Ropa Vieja for dinner?
Vegan Ropa Vieja
Vegan Ropa Vieja made with shredded eggplant, okra, bell peppers, tomatoes and topped with Homemade Cuban Seasoning
- 1/2 tsp Corn Oil
- 1 tbsp Ginger Crushed
- 1 Tsp Garlic Crushed
- 1/4 Red Onion Jullienned
- 2/3 cup Tomato Sauce
- 2 Tbsp Water
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1/2 tsp Red Pepper Flakes Optional
- 1 tsp Cuban Seasoning
- 1/4 cup Green Olives With Pimento
- 1.5 Tbsp Capers
- 1/4 cup Red Bell Peppers Deli Sliced Roasted Bell Pepper
- 1/2 tsp Lime Juice Freshly Squeezed
- Cilantro Optional
Preheat oven to 450 Degrees
In a mixing bowl, add the Oil, Oregano and Parsley. Mix well
Using a brush, use some of the oil mixture to brush the outside of the eggplant
Cover the eggplant with Aluminum Foil and place in the oven. Cook for 1hr 10 minutes
In a mixing bowl, add the okra, green bell peppers, tomatoes and mushrooms.
Add the remainder of the oil mixture remaining after the eggplant basting
Mix well and place these veggies on a baking tray
Place the tray in the bottom rack of the oven
Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a fork easily pierces the okra
When all the veggies have completed roasted, remove them from the oven and let them cool
Open the aluminum foil and shred the eggplant using a fork. Discard the green part and the skin of the eggplant
Roughly chop the eggplant and green bell pepper. Set aside
In a small pan, add the corn oil and onions. Cook until onions are translucent
Add the ginger, garlic, tomato sauce and water
Add all the roasted veggies, salt, red pepper flakes and Cuban seasoning. Mix well
Add all the remaining ingredients and mix well
Garnish with cilantro and serve.
- I made a slightly drier version of Ropa Vieja. If you are looking for a more liquid version, add 1.5 cups of tomato sauce and 1/2 cup of water.
- Serve with Rice or Tortillas