Special Diet Information

Coumadin® (Warfarin)
This recipe is safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

This recipe is safe for those who are lactose intolerant.

This is a low sodium recipe.

GERD / Acid Reflux
This recipe contains GERD triggers and those with GERD may wish to avoid it.

Gluten Sensitivity
This recipe is safe for those who are sensitive to gluten.


"I often quote myself. It adds spice to my conversation."
-George Bernard Shaw

The refrigerator light goes on...

Slow braising tougher cuts of meat is a little like the long version of marinating. The goal of braising beef like this is both to tenderize and to impart flavor. It works great with these Cuban spices. The dish is savory and sweet and spicy and tart all at the same time. There's enough liquid in the canned tomatoes that you won't need to add any water.


Braised Cuban Beef

Servings: 4 | Serving size: 4 ounces steak with sauce

Cooking Time: 120 Minutes

This recipe can be multiplied by 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.

This recipe makes great leftovers.

Serve with Brown Rice


Serve with Roasted Acorn Squash or Zucchini with Sun Dried Tomatoes or Sauteed Leeks or Sauteed Leeks - Low Sodium Version or Roasted Cauliflower or Roasted Cauliflower - Low Sodium Version or Zucchini Salad

2 15 ounce can no salt added diced tomatoes
1/2 tsp salt
3 cloves garlic (minced)
fresh ground black pepper (to taste)
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp allspice
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp dried thyme leaves
1/2 lemon (juiced)
16 ounces flank steak

Preheat the oven to 300°F.

Mix the tomatoes with the salt, garlic, pepper, paprika, cumin, ginger, allspice, cinnamon, thyme and lemon juice together until well blended.

Place the flank steak in the bottom of a Dutch oven or small roasting pan.

Cover the beef with the tomato mixture.

Cover and place the pan in the oven. Cook for about 2 hours until the steak is tender and falling apart.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: 4 ounces beef with sauce

Servings: 4

Amount Per Serving

Calories 224 Calories from Fat 77
  % Daily Value
Total Fat 8g 12%
    Saturated Fat 3g 12%
    Monounsaturated Fat 3g
    Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 40mg 12%
Sodium 371mg 17%
Total Carbohydrates 10g 3%
    Dietary Fiber 2g 9%
    Sugars 4g
Protein 25g
Vitamin A 10% Vitamin C 40%
Calcium 12% Iron 26%
Vitamin K 18 mcg Potassium 772 mg
Magnesium 50 mg