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Braised Flank Steak with Peppers and Onions

This recipe sometimes includes roasted red peppers at the end instead fresh peppers. I streamlined things a bit by using fresh peppers and cooking all the peppers together at once.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 10 mins
Course: dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American, cuban, south american
Keyword: braised meat, flank steak, pot roast
Servings: 6
Author: Virginia Willis


  • 2 pounds flank steak cut into 4 pieces
  • 1 large carrot peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1/2 small red cabbage quartered
  • 2 sprigs fresh mint
  • 1/2 small bunch fresh flat-leaf parsley stems leaves reserved for garnish
  • 4 large garlic cloves peeled and smashed
  • 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
  • 1 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
  • 2 bay leaves, preferably fresh divided
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large onion sliced
  • 1 large green bell pepper cored and sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper cored and sliced
  • 4 large garlic cloves very finely chopped
  • 1 large pinch ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 1/2 cups canned tomato puree
  • Coarse kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


  • Place beef, carrot, cabbage, mint, parsley stems, garlic, peppercorns, and 1 teapsoon of salt in a large pot with water to cover (about 6 cups.) Add one of the bay leaves. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to simmer. Cover and cook until the beef is tender, about 1 1/2 hours.
  • Remove from the heat and remove the beef from the broth. Reserve 1 cup of the broth for the vegetables. Strain and keep the remaining for another use. Discard the solids. When cool, remove the beef and shred by hand. Set side.
  • To prepare the onions and pepper, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and bell peppers; cook until the onion is soft, 5 to 7 minutes. Add the garlic, ground cloves, ground allspice, and remaining bay leaf. Stir to combine. Add the tomato puree, reserved broth. Bring to a boil over high heat.
  • Add the shredded beef and stir to combine. Reduce the heat to simmer, and cook, stirring occasionally until the flavors are married, about for 15 minutes. Taste and adjust for seasoning with salt and pepper. Serve with rice or potatoes.