Carne Deshebrada/ Shredded Beef

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I am sitting right now in front of my computer thinking about writing something deep and meaningful, but I am hesitant because this is a food blog after all. You probably want to know about shredded beef and peppers, that’s why we are here right? Well, listen to this… Yesterday, I woke up pretty early, as usual, and while my daughter was eating her breakfast I was slicing peppers and getting the meat ready for the crockpot, it took me about 5 minutes to get dinner ready, 8 hours ahead of time. I don’t use the crockpot very much and I don’t understand why. It is so convenient! Anyway, I had a piece of flank steak (skirt, fajita) in my fridge and I thought about making Carne Deshebrada. The Cubans call it “Ropa Vieja” which means “old rags”, this dish does look a little like rags, it is not very pretty that’s for sure but It is certantly delicious! 

My crockpot was ready to go so I got dress and head out to the Y like every morning (almost every morning).You know, you get there and see people and talk-visit a little before you start whatever class you do or your work out routine, right? So, one of the instructors gets up on the stage and starts talking, trying to give a message to the crowd, something motivational and encouraging to get you in the right mood before class. There was one small group of people that would not stop talking! so disrespectful! you could tell the instructor wasn’t happy about it. I mean, C’mon! we are adults, we are the ones who teach our kids about respect, and listening and give the other person their time and to look at them when they’re talking to you; right? Well, the same day, a few hours later I was talking to somebody (we were in a completely different environment) and I was telling them a story about something I saw that morning (not about the Y, although I should’ve had) and all the sudden he looks down and reaches for his phone and starts talking on it… R.e.s.p.e.c.t! Have we lost it? Are we too busy to give it the time? What is going on with our society?! make your mommas proud, people! There are my five cents. 

Back to the food…I love food. The one thing I am sure is, if you dump meat, peppers and seasoning in a crockpot, 8 hours later you’ll come home and have dinner ready and it will be juicy, tender and delicious (unless you’re Jack Pearson). That’s such a comfort! (Movie quote).

I sliced peppers, onions and minced a cuple of garlic cloves. I would suggest to chop the onion instead of slicing it. Big pieces of onion are not very appealing to me.  I discovered this recently, like yesterday.

I have about 1 1/2 lb flank steak. Place it on the bottom of the crock pot and cover with the peppers, onion and garlic.  
Add the cumin, chili powder, bay leaf, Mexican oregano, and salt and pepper. I’m also using about 1/3 cup of tomato sauce, that’s what I had left from another recipe. You can also use 1 can of diced tomatoes. Cover and cook undisturbed for 8 hours. 

The meat should be falling apart after 8 hours. Transfer to a plate and use a couple of forks to shred it. 

After I shredded all the meat I returned it to the crockpot to let it absorve the juices left in the crockpot. You can serve this meat with white rice and veggies or you can use it to make tacos. it is very versatile, and delicious!

Here’s the recipe! keep reading.


Hello, my name is Marisol Chancellor. I was born and raised in Monterrey Mexico. I’ve been living in Texas for 12 years and even when I love barbeque, fruit cobblers and sweet tea, there’s something that has the power of transporting me right back to my mom’s kitchen and gives me a little piece of home, cooking. I grew up in the kitchen and for me, memories are always linked to food, and behind the food, well, there’s always a story that comes along. So, please let me share with you my love for cooking and while we are at it, let’s share some memories, because let’s be honest, we are also hungry for nostalgia.

2 thoughts on “Carne Deshebrada/ Shredded Beef

  1. Didn’t really feel like reading through an essay before getting to the recipe. And then I get to the recipe and it didn’t even say what kind of meat to use. Pretty fundamental misses.

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