Easy Turkey Ropa Vieja

This Turkey Ropa Vieja is a fantastic Cuban Dish you can easily make in the comfort of your own kitchen.

turkey ropa vieja

This Easy Turkey Ropa Vieja is my spin on a Cuban classic. Traditional Ropa Vieja is made with shredded beef and vegetables.

It also stands for “Old Clothes” in Spanish. But trust me, it tastes much better than “Old Clothes”.

turkey ropa vieja

If you are a big fan of Cuban food like I am, you must give Ofelia’s Cuban Picadillo a try. My absolute favorite Cuban dish to make (and eat)! Chef Ofelia is absolutely fabulous!

I decided to make this delicious dish using Turkey instead of beef. While I decided to cube my turkey for this dish, you can also shred it which is what is typically found in the traditional version of this dish.

turkey ropa vieja

I like to serve ropa vieja on a bed of rice and black beans, but you can also serve it with tortillas or fried sweet plantains.

turkey ropa vieja

You will need the following ingredients to make this XXX recipe. For ingredient amounts please refer to the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.

  • Olive Oil
  • Yellow Onion
  • Green Bell Pepper
  • Garlic Cloves
  • Ground Cumin
  • Dried Oregano
  • Roma Tomato
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Spanish Green Olives
  • Salt
  • Ground Black Pepper
  • Turkey Breast
  • Lemon Juice
  1. In a Dutch oven or a large saucepan, heat the olive oil. Add the diced onions and green peppers. Cook for about 3 minutes or until softened.
  2. Add the minced garlic, ground cumin and oregano. Mix well for about 30 seconds.
  3. Stir in the Roma tomatoes, tomato sauce, olives, salt, and ground black pepper. Mix till combined.
    veggies in skillet
  4. Add the cooked turkey to the tomato mixture and mix well. Cover and let simmer for 20 to 30 minutes.
    ropa vieja simmering in skillet
  5. Add the lemon juice and mix well.
  6. Serve on a bed of rice, black beans, fried sweet plantains or tortillas.

Printable Recipe Card

turkey ropa vieja

Easy Turkey Ropa Vieja

This Turkey Ropa Vieja is a fantastic Cuban Dish you can easily make in the comfort of your own kitchen.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Cuban
Servings 4
Calories 326 kcal

Equipment

  • Dutch Oven

Ingredients
 

  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Small Yellow Onion, finely diced
  • 1 Green Bell Pepper, diced
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 1 Tsp Ground Cumin
  • ½ Tsp Dried Oregano
  • 2 Roma Tomatoes, diced
  • 8 oz Tomato Sauce
  • ½ Cup Spanish Green Olives, chopped
  • ½ Tsp Salt
  • ¼ Tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 2 lbs Turkey Breast, cooked & diced
  • 1 Tbsp Fresh Lemon Juice

Instructions
 

  • In a dutch oven or a large saucepan, heat the olive oil. Add the diced onions and green peppers. Cook for about 3 minutes or until softened.
    1 Tbsp Olive Oil, 1 Small Yellow Onion, 1 Green Bell Pepper
  • Add the minced garlic, ground cumin and oregano. Mix well for about 30 seconds.
    2 Garlic Cloves, 1 Tsp Ground Cumin, 1/2 Tsp Dried Oregano
  • Stir in the roma tomatoes, tomato sauce, olives, salt, and ground black pepper. Mix till combined.
    2 Roma Tomatoes, 8 oz Tomato Sauce, 1/2 Cup Spanish Green Olives, 1/2 Tsp Salt, 1/4 Tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • Add the cooked turkey to tomato mixture and mix well. Cover and let simmer for 20 to 30 minutes.
    2 lbs Turkey Breast
  • Add the lemon juice and mix well.
    1 Tbsp Fresh Lemon Juice
  • Serve on a bed of rice, black beans, fried sweet plantains or tortillas.

Nutrition

Calories: 326kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 50gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 122mgSodium: 1322mgPotassium: 911mgFiber: 2gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 725IUVitamin C: 36.1mgCalcium: 68mgIron: 2.5mg

Nutritional information provided for this recipe is based on 1 serving. This information is an estimate and may vary based on several factors. If nutritional information is important to you and your diet, please verify this recipe with a Registered Dietitian.

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  1. Nick says:

    This Easy Turkey Ropa Vieja is a delicious meal. I must say I only used 1 clove of garlic as that was what I had on hand and it was great. I served it on a bed of rice and I had leftovers for the following day as there are only 2 in the family. Very tasty.