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Ropa Vieja and Ripe Plantain Empanadas with Avocado Sauce |mycolombianrecipes.com

Ropa Vieja and Ripe Plantain Empanadas with Avocado Sauce

Erica Dinho
5 from 7 votes


  • 12 large empanadas or 24 small discs see recipe here
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 1 ripe plantain peeled, diced and fried
  • For the ropa vieja
  • 2 pounds of flank steak
  • 8 cups water
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large onion finely chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves crushed
  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon tomato paste
  • Avocado Sauce
  • 2 avocados halved, seeded and peeled
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 2 limes juiced
  • Salt and pepper
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ medium red onion diced
  • ¼ cup fresh chopped cilantro
  • 2 garlic cloves


  • In a pot, place the flank steak, water, salt and pepper. Cook over medium heat for about 1 hour and 15 minutes or until the meat is cooked.
  • Measure 1 cup of the liquid used to cook the meat and set aside.
  • Remove the beef from the pot, let it cool and shred with a fork or your hands.
  • In a saucepan, place the olive oil, onions, bell pepper, tomato and garlic. Cook for about 5 minutes. Add the tomato paste, cumin, shredded beef and the 1 cup of beef liquid. Cook for 6 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • To assemble the empanadas: Place a spoonful of the ropa vieja and diced plantains on the center of the empanada discs.
  • Brush the edges of the empanada discs with the beaten egg. This will help them seal better and keep the filling from leaking while baking.
  • Fold the empanada discs and seal the edges. Use a fork to help seal the empanadas, or use your fingers to twist the edges. Lightly brush the top of the empanadas with the egg, which will give them a golden color when they bake.
  • Chill the empanadas for at least 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 400 F and bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden.
  • To make the avocado sauce: Place all the ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth.
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