Traditionally, this beef stew uses a lot more olive oil and beef with a lot of marbling. This is my slightly lower-fat version, but is still close to the original recipe. This is a fantastic alternative to your typical beef stew!
I am not a big beef lover but this broth has such a rich depth of flavor that I loved this. I did not add the capers or red pepper because I didn't have it on hand-and it still was very good. The only thing I think it needed was veggies. I added carrot chunks this time. My husband ate over white rice. I had over red beans and rice (leftovers). Added 2-27-03:I've made this a few times now,and have noticed each time, when you add the potatoes,it loses quite a bit of flavor. I now add extra spices WHEN I make with the potatoes. When I serve over rice, beans etc., I simply omit the potatoes.Also, we did not like the flavor of the capers, when used.To our taste, the capers really changed the flavor (to "sour" instead of nice and "tangy")., Will make again WITHOUT the capers." - 11 Dec 2002 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
i grew up eating cuban food, and this is pretty authentic. delicious! serve with black beans & yellow rice, and fried (ripe) plantains. - 20 May 2000 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
I love all kinds of stews and this was a great departure from common European stews. My husband raved and my son ate it without complaints, even with the olives. I departed from the recipe by slow cooking in a crock pot (love my crock pot!) - after browning meat, adding spices and simmering for 3 minutes. Ate it in a sourdough bread bowl - yummy. Next time must try more authentic Cuban meal with fried plantains. - 01 Nov 2001 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)