Ropa Pie

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This savory pie is inspired by the movie “South Beach Love” on Hallmark Channel starring William Levy and Taylor Cole. The dish was created when both characters combined their Cuban and Irish heritage to create this unique dish. Shepard’s pie meets ropa vieja!


One to two pounds large flank steak

2 cloves chopped garlic

1 teaspoon chopped cilantro


red and green bell peppers

1 tablespoon cumin

1 can tomato sauce

1 cup beef broth

1 tablespoon white or apple cider vinegar

6 oz tomato paste

manzanilla olives

Crust: Two pack frozen pie crust


In a large sauce pan, sear flank steak on all sides in a bit of olive oil. Add onions and garlic. Saute for another minute. Add all other ingredients into the pot. Cover and simmer for two hours.

For Crust:

Bake one crust at 375 for 10 minutes

Scoop cooked ropa into cooked crust and cover with uncooked crust.

Crimp sides and poke vent holes with a fork. Bake for 20 minutes or until top is golden.

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