Cuban Shredded Beef

This Cuban Shredded Beef is moist, tender, and crispy on the outside. It’s infused with orange and lime juice for a mojo flavor. 

Cuban Beef | The Girl Who Ate EverythingIf you name her, she will come. That’s my theory. I’m in the final countdown until this baby joins our family. Hopefully this week.  I so graciously gave my husband the rights to naming this baby girl but as the big day comes closer, I’m second guessing my decision. He’s in no rush to come up with a name. We usually decide after a couple days in the hospital with the birth record people breathing down our neck and I don’t want to do that this time.

I just don’t love any names yet. We’ve both made lists and only have one name that matched and we both weren’t ecstatic about it. So…any ideas? I like names that are not too crazy but not too common. I already have a daughter named Gracie Belle (after my grandma) so it can’t be anything like that.

 

It’s no secret that I’ve been all about meat this pregnancy. This Cuban shredded beef is moist and tender with a crispy flavorful outside. The meat is infused with garlic and onion flavor and brightened with fresh orange and lime juice. Eat it with a side of rice and beans or roll it up in a tortilla for a savory meal. I’m in the heart of Cuban culture here in south Florida and I would take this over any restaurant version I’ve tried.

 smashed-beefAfter you’ve cooked the meat, cover it in foil and pound it with a meat mallet. If you don’t have a meat mallet, use a heavy saucepan and get some aggression out. I felt a little like a Stepford wife gone AWOL here. You can even see my son in the background doing his homework – probably thinking I had lost it as I splattered him with shredded meat.

Cuban Shredded Beef | The Girl Who Ate EverythingAfter you’ve beaten it into submission, crisp it up in a saucepan and add garlic, cumin, orange juice, and lime to brighten up the flavor.

Cuban Shredded Beef

Yield: 4-6 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds boneless beef chuck-eye roast, pulled apart at seams, trimmed, and cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes
  • Kosher salt and pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons grated lime zest plus 1 tablespoon juice, plus lime wedges for serving
  • 1 onion, halved and sliced thin
  • 2 tablespoons dry sherry (chicken broth or vinegar can be substituted)

Instructions

  1. Bring beef, 2 cups water, and 1 1/4 teaspoons salt to boil in 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Reduce heat to low, cover, and gently simmer until beef is very tender, about 1 hour 45 minutes. (Check beef every 30 minutes, adding water so that bottom third of beef is submerged.) Remove lid from skillet, increase heat to medium, and simmer until water evaporates and beef starts to sizzle, 3 to 8 minutes.
  2. Using slotted spoon, transfer beef to rimmed baking sheet. Pour off and reserve fat from skillet. Rinse skillet clean and dry with paper towels. Place sheet of aluminum foil over beef and, using meat pounder or heavy sauté pan, pound to flatten beef into 1/8-inch-thick pieces, discarding any large pieces of fat. Some of beef should separate into shreds. Larger pieces that do not separate can be torn in half.
  3. Combine garlic, oil, and cumin in a small bowl. Combine orange juice and lime zest and juice in a second bowl.
  4. Heat 1 1/2 teaspoons reserved fat in now-empty skillet over high heat (don't discard the rest yet). When fat begins to sizzle, add onion and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is golden brown and charred in spots, 5 to 8 minutes. Add sherry (or substitute) and 1/4 cup water and cook until liquid evaporates, about 2 minutes. Transfer onion to bowl. Return skillet to high heat, add 1 1/2 teaspoons reserved fat, and heat until it begins to sizzle. Add beef and cook, stirring frequently, until dark golden brown and crusty, 2 to 4 minutes. It's important to get it nice and crisp.
  5. Reduce heat to low and push beef to sides of skillet. Add garlic mixture to center and cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant and golden brown, about 30 seconds. Remove pan from heat, add orange juice mixture and onion, and toss to combine. Season with pepper to taste. Serve immediately with lime wedges. Can be used as taco filling or just plain.

Notes

I haven't tried it but I definitely think you could cook the meat in the slow cooker for 6-8 hours on low instead of on the stove top in step 1 of the instructions. Reserve fat from slow cooker and continue to step 2 in the instructions. Source: Cooks Illustrated

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  1. That looks delicious! I may try to adapt it to a slow cooker version, think it would work?

    For names, I like Fiona, Mathlida, or Lenore. That being said my husband wasn’t a fan of any of them.

    • Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} says:

      Kelly,
      Yes! I totally think you could cook the meat initially in the slow cooker for 6-8 hours on low and then finish it off in the saucepan according to the directions.

  2. Love how the meat gets all crispy on the edges! Good luck picking out a baby name!

  3. I also like Fiona, but my absolute favorite girl name is Caroline.

  4. Names- I have an Emmaline ( Emeline is the traditional spelling) , an Isabella ( Bellaboo :) ) and a Genevieve.

    The beef looks amazing!

  5. I love Elle. It’s modern but not trendy.
    Charlotte is traditional but not stuffy.

    Good luck!

  6. Cora it’s simple, old fashioned and pretty. It’s not too common. My daughter is Cora Elizabeth and she loves being the only one with that name. She’s a beautiful, strong and independent girl.
    Good luck with your pregnancy. I hope all goes well. :)

  7. Definitely going to try this – I need some new recipes! I have a Mollie Rose…all the best!

  8. This looks fantastic! As for names…how about Tessa or Halle?

    I would suggest going over to http://www.community.babycenter.com . You will have to create an account (which is great because they tell you what your little one will be learning week to week), and then go over to the baby names board (forum). They are quick to reply to offer suggestions.

    If it were me I would give them a list of just “okay” names that you sort of like…they should be able to suggest many new names for you based on those names.

    Good luck!

  9. Vaca frita is the name of the recipe. Memorie is my name suggestion.

  10. I like Danette. You could call her Dani.

  11. Lily

  12. Yum! Thanks for sharing. Also, some of my favorite names that fit the “not too common, not too unusual” are Lydia, Lucy, Caprice, and Juliet.

  13. The note is confusing. Should you cook it first in the slow cooker and if so, what spices/things should you include?

    • Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} says:

      Amber,
      Sorry if it was confusing. I changed the note so it’s clearer. I was trying to say that you could cook the meat in a slow cooker rather than on the stovetop in step 1 as an alternative method of cooking if desired. Hopefully that helps.

  14. Diana Simkins says:

    Eden Grace
    Lyla Belle
    Esme’ Isabelle

  15. Looks delicious! Can’t wait to try it.

    Johanna is a name that popped into my head. Guess I’m going back to my European roots. =)

  16. Olivia Claire

  17. I have 3 boys, but if I had a girl, I would name her Clara Jean.

  18. Yum! I have always liked the names Danielle, Sloan and Palmer

  19. Elaine Embree says:

    Recipe sounds good! I like Avery Leigh. Avery is little bit uncommon but not too off-the-wall and Leigh is a good solid old name but not too overused these days. : )

  20. how about Karis (which is greek for grace!) or Willa

  21. How about Sophia or Claire. My oldest is Gracie and my youngest is Sophia. They sound so great together, and so many people comment about how pretty the names are. Claire was our second choice for our Sophia.

  22. My hubby and I could not agree on a girl’s name either…so we used boys names…We have a Spencer Reed (Reed is Irish for red and we sooooo wanted her to have red hair). She is strong, independent and no one messes with her!

  23. I love the classic names for girls – but not the UBER recently-popular ones like Emily and Emma unless you want her last initial added to her name all the time. I am a fan of Mary, Beverly, and Joy

  24. I think I’ll try this, sounds yummy. My daughters are Melissa Sue, Rebecca Lynn, and Megan Nichole. I like names that don’t sound “cutesy” as they get older. I love the name Sarah Elizabeth, but with the last name of Lee, she would’ve been called cheesecake. Lol

  25. what about the name Delaine

  26. My daughter’s name is Emerson. I loved it because it’s a real name, but not very common. Her middle name is Grace, I wanted something very feminine since Emerson could be a boy or girl. We call her Emmy, or Em.

  27. We have 4 girls and their names are Macie, Tessa, Claire and Alice! I also like Gwen. Hope she comes soon!

  28. Sounds yummy, i’ll have to add this to this weeks menu…also as far as names go
    Brinkley is my daughters name, i get sooo many comments on how pretty it is, i love a unique name, that isn’t too unique!

  29. Emery Lane

  30. Looks delish!! We named our baby girl Lilah Elise and I’ve had so many compliments on it.

  31. mmm…that may have to be dinner later this week. for names, my daughter was very nearly lorelei (nickname lola) but instead she is natasha. i always like estella too. good luck!

  32. Jalin Bingham says:

    I might have to give this a try for dinner tonight.

    I am partial to Kristen, Tamra and Aimee!!!

  33. I have 4 nieces, Hannah,Nakia,Quinn & Emerson. My best friends daughter just named her baby Skye Olivia

  34. This looks so yummy!!!! I adore the name Gracie! What about Gracie and Laney? Or Gracie and Lola?

  35. This sounds SO delicious! Will have to try for sure. I had a son, but had he been a girl, she would have been named Emma Mae. I also love the names Grace, Faith, Ella. Someone mentioned Cora which is beautiful and rarely used! I am named after my aunt and have always appreciated its uniqueness.

  36. This looks like one flavorful, fantastic dish! I’m pinning this — everyone in my house will love it. I struggled with girl’s names while I was pregnant, but I had boys! I didn’t know what I wanted to name my second son until he was born, then it was easy. Good luck with the birth and the names!

  37. HI, Christy!
    LOVE your blog, haven’t yet tried any of your recipes, but plan to soon! I believe your little angel baby girl should be named Charleigh Nell. A friend of my oldest daughter, has a beautiful, precious 3 year old little girl named Charlie (I just love it spelled “Charleigh”) and everywhere they go, she is the only little girl named Charlie. She is adorable! CONGRATULATIONS! I look forward to the reveal of your baby’s name!!!

  38. tracy schmitz says:

    This is going to get made this weekend! Looks delish! \
    I have a Claire Beverly. If I had had one more girl the name I had picked out was Julily. For her Irish Grandmother.

  39. While working at my local newspaper, I had a customer named ‘Avinelle’. She was in her 80’s and quite pleasant. When I commented on how lovely I thought her name was, she replied that in her day it was as common as ‘Mary’. Although she and I disagree, I find it very unique and have always wished I could pass the name on.

  40. Looks delicious! Love the addition of the orange juice. I’ll have to try that.

  41. Pam in Cincinnati says:

    my parents couldn’t agree on a girl’s name, so my paternal grandfather got to pick my name and i ended up a pamela. i don’t think i encountered another pam in school until junior high.

    the special little one in my world is a katelyn. as a writer, i’m always having to come up with names for characters of all ages. some of my favorites have been sarah margaret, audrey grace, emma claire, charlotte grace, katherine elizabeth, jessica rose. back in the days when i thought babies would be part of my future world, i swore i’d name a girl emma leigh and if there were twins, they’d be gillian elizabeth and genevieve rose.

  42. Love baby names, here are some of my favorites…
    Evelyn (nickname Evie), Tatum, Ellie, and Cara.
    I have also always loved Madeline and Mackenzie.
    Love Kate for a middle name.
    Good luck!!!

  43. Oh and I also like Audrey or Aubrey:-)

  44. I love the name Whitley. A family name for us. :)

  45. I love the name Georgia.
    Best wishes to u

  46. The meat looks delicious, must try it.
    As for Names my daughters name is Lara Anne, Other names I love are Claudia, Lily

  47. Your recipes always look so delicious and those that I’ve made are so good thank-you. I had three boys so no girl names for me and now only grandsons still waiting for one other son hoping he has the girls. How about Ella Mae , Macala Mae or Madison (Madi) Mae can’t wait for your little blessing to arrive.

  48. Naming cute kids is hard…especially when you have already used some really good names on your 1st few kids, haha! We just celebrated my baby’s 1st birthday (she was born last August!) and we named her Isla (“i-la”). We love it and the most common response is “oh, that’s such a pretty name”. So, if you love it, great! If not…she’s our 5th(!) daughter…so you can also use:

    Kassie (Kassandra)
    Amberlee
    Emma
    Laicee

    *(sorry about the weird spellings…it’s a family tradition to end an “ee” sounding name with ee)*

    Good Luck!!!

    BTW, I have adored your blog and food over the years…thanks :)!

    • Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} says:

      Stephanie,
      Thanks for the great names and taking the time to help me out! Holy cow…5 daughters. That’s so cool. There’s nothing like having a sister.

  49. Sandra Hiddleson says:

    I love the name Julia. It is traditional, and feminine without being strange or too old fashioned. I am not a fan of children with hard to spell or pronounce names. I also don’t think there should be 3 Emmas in every class.

  50. Definitely going to try the slow cooker method. Can’t wait!

    Anna Katherine and Sara Rose are two favorites. Husband gave thumbs up to both!

    Good luck!

  51. This Cuban beef looks divine and so easy! This will be on the dinner rotation for sure!!

    Names I have alway liked are, Laura, Lauren, Ashley, Amy, Anna and Samantha. Good luck! Naming children is tough!

  52. You named one daughter after your grandmother. Why not name this little one after his grandmother? Even if the name is a very much used name, like Jane, that could be a middle name. You could also use alternate spellings of names … ie Meridith (Meredith), Emelia (Amelia or Emilia)

  53. How about the name Rose? It is not popular and I think it is a very beautiful old name (it is also my daughters name)! I am pregnant with my 4th and it is a girl, so I am actually looking for a name too…one that goes with Rose. I agree with you, I don’t like a name that is too crazy but not too common either. It is so hard! Good luck! I think Gracie and Rose sound pretty together. : )

  54. I love this recipe. How about Trisha Lee. Thats my second daughters name.

  55. We had a hard time picking a girls name too. We finally agreed on Ava Marie and get some many compliments on her name. Our other name we liked was Payton Elizabeth.

  56. I suggest Shannon or Genevieve for names. Thank you for posting this recipe! I am a native – born South Floridian and love Cuban food but didn’t bother to learn the techniques for preparing it. Never had to when there’s a Cuban Cafe around every corner and even inside the grocery stores down here, right?! You make it look so fun! Have a happy and blessed “labor” day (couldn’t resist!)

  57. I wish I was in the predicament of coming up with baby girl names! I have two little awesome boys but still really want my little girl. I love the name Arielle and the nickname Ari. Good luck to you during this fun time! BTW this beef looks amazing!

    • Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} says:

      Thank you! I had 3 boys before my girl and I thought I was destined to never have a girl. You’ll have one someday.

  58. If my youngest had been a girl, “he” would have been named Savannah Leann.

  59. The recipe look delicious! I am going to try this out this weekend :)

    We just had a baby girl 7 months ago and named her Henley. Different without being too strange. Love that girl!

  60. My husband would love this recipe!

    I have a daughter named Evynne (Evan), we sometimes call her Evie for short. However, if I had to do the spelling again, I think I would leave off the “e” at the end and make it Evynn. I also like the name Quinn for a girl. Good luck!!

  61. I really like Jillian but only because of the nickname Jilly-bean. Not sure where that came from but I love it.

  62. Well since you asked for suggestions…my girls are Norah and Charlotte. I have also always loved Cora, Maren and Violet! I hope you find the perfect name and that your little one arrives safely, healthy and quickly!! :)

  63. I love your blog, but never have commented before. This Cuban Beef looks SO GOOD! I’m wondering if you have to pound it. I have a weird thing about that, I can’t make myself do it. Strange, I know, but it’s like fingernails on a chalk board for me. I can’t help it :)

    I have two brand new grand daughters named Kaylie Jane and Charlie Danielle. Both cute names I think. I also love Claire and Lilah. I have also always loved the name Leisha.

    • Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} says:

      Carri,
      Love the names! That’s so funny about the beef. I’m sure you could just shred the meat. That’s the whole purpose of the pounding is to separate and tenderize the meat while keeping the moisture.

  64. LOVE ALL your Recipes!
    After having my 6th child (4th boy) in January, I was certain I was done and (no joke), the night he was born I had a dream and I was laying in a hospital bed holding a baby girl and and it came into my head, “and you shall call her Ava Ellason (Ella)”. Never in a million years would have thought of that name. Guess Heavenly Father was trying to tell me something about my plans to be finished! :/
    My other girls are named Caitlin Reagan and Phalin (like Fallon) Elise. My husband and I never agreed on a name and he named both of our girls!

  65. My daughter is Torrance Anne :). My son, who I was for sure was another girl was going to be Ayla. Another one I like for girl is Tatum. Good luck!!

  66. OMG–I like totally love picking out baby names! I’ve seriously got a list so long that my uterus is probably having a heart attack, lol! I have a daughter named Grace (Gracie) too, we named my other daughter Eden, and then we named our son (whom we welcomed to the world in December), Christian. We’ve kind of got this Biblical thing going on. Wasn’t planned, lol, just liked the names, lol! What about Emma, Nora, Willow, Wrenna, Marley, Gabriela, Elizabeth…

  67. I have 4 boys, so I haven’t had the chance to name a girl yet, but my 2 favorite girl names are Emma and Adria (maybe Rea for short) Love your blog, I have used so many of your recipes!

  68. Loretta Brucciani says:

    I like Addison.

  69. I love the names Callie and Addison and Allison

    The beef looks awesome!

    Good luck in the homestretch of your pregnancy!

  70. I make Ropa Vieja (Spanish name of this dish) all the time and I use flank steak meat and can cook it in the pressure cooker. It will be tender and healthier.

    For names! Love Spanish, feminine names like Victoria, Ximena, Carla and even Carlota!

  71. I also want to say how much I enjoy reading your posts! Thanks for all the great cooking recipes and ideas!!!

  72. My husband and I went for slightly different but not crazy names for both our daughters….our oldest is Adelyn Brooke and our baby is Camdyn Elise…or you could go even more different…my name is Ryan Jo :)

  73. Carson, Denine, Olivia – I also love when girls are named the mother’s maiden name (of course if it’s an appropriate name) – good way to carry on the family name with a girl

  74. Looking forward to making this delicious recipe this w/e. Thank you for all of the scrumptious recipes that you post. What do you think of Kinsley?

  75. This looks divine! Can’t wait to try it.
    We named our daughter Chippy, and she is the sweetest, most chipper girl around. Right now we’re brainstorming on names for our next child, but we need to think of both girls’ and boys’ names since we don’t know what we’re having… good luck!

  76. I have a student in my class named Briley. I love the name and she’s darling and delightful.

  77. I ALWAYS find something to pin when I visit your blog! Love it. =0)
    I’m now following via instagram too (@2justByou).
    ~Kim

  78. Yum! Can’t wait to try this. Hope that baby gets here soon.
    I have three girls
    -Sophie Layne
    -Kenadee Jae
    -Reese Ella
    And a cute niece
    -Harper Mae

    Good luck!!

  79. I have three girls…Manning, Evie (short for Evelyn, short E sound), and Mary Frances. All family names. You probably couldn’t get away with naming your girl Manning since your husband plays football! (We did NOT name her after the football Mannings:)!)

  80. Love your recipes! My name Idea is Emilia.

    • Please give her a name that is gender specific. I hate it when I have an appointment with a person whose name could either be male or female and I’m waiting for the surprise because I don’t even know who it could be in the waiting room! Also, please stay away with those “one of a kind” spelling fiascos as the child will spend a lifetime spelling the name correctly for others. My choice would be Laura for her first name.

  81. In July we had our first girl after 4 boys! We named her Jessalyn. So you can steal it if you want! I just love your blog.

  82. Deciding on a name is so tough! Especially when nothing jumps out at you!
    We named our daughter Reese, and really I love it, but it’s a good thing, because it’s the only one that my husband and I could both agree on.

    The other name that I always really wanted that he would never agree to was Tess or Tessa. Still love it to this day (but not having any more children)!!!

  83. I love the name McKinley for a girl. Taylor is also a great name :)

    Good luck!

  84. looks so yummy – thanks!

  85. Evie

  86. The recipe looks divine. And as for names How about Elizabeth Anne

  87. LOVE your site…I check back often for new recipes! Prayers for a healthy delivery! My 5 month baby girl is Sadie Mae…we love it and everyone who hears it seems to as well! Vintage trendy!

  88. I’ve always liked the name Molly! ;)

  89. My name is Seantil Ricque (phonetically– “Shawn-tell” “Rick-Kay”). But I’ve gone by Wendy my whole life, since no one can spell or pronounce my name. My husband is Callie, and people always get his gender confused on paper because his name is often feminine. Our daughter’s name is Emily Elise. I also loved Avery or Brenna. I have nieces, MicKayla DeAnne, Brooklynn Elizabeth, Madelynn Claire, Ella Ann and a friend’s little girl is Abbey Nova.

  90. This recipe looks great – can’t wait to try it! As for names, out of 3 kids, I only have one girl. I wanted her name to be different, but not to different also. We named her Brynn – she is now 24 and has always loved her name – We have always gotten many compliments on it also! Good luck – hope she arrives soon!

  91. Yum! Your pictures are beautiful! Thank you for sharing. Love the comments on the name. My DH came up with both our girls’ names. Whatever you choose you’ll love. Enjoy your pregnancy!

  92. How about Nel, Pola (Apolonia), Hania, or Estara?

  93. Baby names are so interesting…..people have such different opinions on what makes a great name!
    I have 4 girls (plus a boy)….my girls are:
    Marissa Janae
    Annika Elyse
    Ellia Renee
    Miranda Kathryn
    All feminine names, none too common, but none super strange either.
    Best wishes to you with your delivery!

  94. Trista L Garza says:

    I think sometimes you just have to look into the adorable, pink face of your newborn. We have 4 girls and always struggled with girl names. Our oldest was onry from the start and wouldn’t ‘show’ us if she was a boy or girl. So, we had to come up with 2 names. Still haven’t had the privilege yet to use the boy name. We have Faith Kenzie, Hope Lynnae, DaniJo Nicole and Tylar Rae. Sometimes I use all their middle names when Tylar gets into trouble, because Tylar Rae just doesn’t get the job done! lol! Congrats on your baby! Will you post a picture maybe?

  95. Since you asked …

    I like Coraline a lot, because it’s old fashioned, and it’s the name of the protagonist of one of my favorite books. (Every niece gets it when she turns ten.) Not cArOline, but cOrAline. Elizabeth, Elinor, Jane, Margaret, Anne, Emma, Lucy, and Marianne are my favorites from the Jane Austen roster. You’ve already used Grace, so that’s out, but there’s also Pearl, Mathilde, Ruth, Josephine, Rose, Daisy, and Constance. You can see I have a thing for old fashioned names.

    I shall have a go at this recipe the next time I do tacos. It looks fantastic!

  96. My daughter’s name is Laura Marie and it’s classic but not that common. I’m not a fan of gender neutral names like Jordan, Quinn, Palmer… give her a beautiful girl’s name. Good luck!

  97. Hi Kristy! Just had to sound in on the great name debate! I have a Grace too so we obviously both have similar (great) taste!!! My littlest is Gwyneth and we call her Gwynne. I was sold because it means “happiness” and that is what I wanted her to be! (That being said, my husband wasn’t sold on it and I basically filled out the birth certificate myself hahaha)

  98. Ava. I think that name is beautiful. Best wishes for the new baby. And thank you for taking the time to give us yummy recipes that help keep my family happy.

  99. This looks great and I can’t wait to try it.
    As for a name, my recent favorite is Lorelei, it just sounds so sweet.

  100. This looks delicious. Our little girl (who is turning 10 and not so little anymore) is named Landri Noel. We thought it was unique and feminine. (We left the girly “elle” off of her middle name because our last name has l’s and e’s, but we still pronounce it like Noelle.)

  101. Love the name Tessa

  102. Gemma Rose

  103. We eat pulled pork, this recipe will be a nice change. I would also use the crockpot.
    My mom “Charlotte”
    My daughter “Marianne” (she was the only Marianne in her school!) Of course she is in her forties now.
    Very fond of both names

  104. Chiming in a few days late, but if you are still looking for a name, I’ll suggest Riona. It’s my daughter’s name, we’ve never met another one, yet it’s not too *out there*. We get compliments all the time. And it’s very cute and girly, but will also suit her as an adult. Good luck, no matter what you decide I’m sure it will be beautiful!

  105. Made this for my 39-week pregnant wife and it was a hit with the whole family. Followed the recipe to the letter and wouldn’t change a thing. We’ll be adding this to the rotation. Delicious!

  106. This recipe is going to be made this week. As a teacher I am getting many trendy names on the list. I grew up with a unique name that has become more popular. We pronounce it with the sound of K + “ear” + a but I am often called K+”eye” + ra. It helps to have typical spellings. Kira works. Kyrie eleison was a favorite of my mother’s. It means Lord have mercy. I only took slight offence to this as her fifth child until she mentioned that she was thankful to the Lord for this child.

  107. I am drooling over this recipe! I will be trying this soon! (I’m not sure there are any recipes on your blog that I don’t want to try. I come here several times a week for inspiration.)
    I’m a little bias but Lisa is my favorite name. If it wasn’t mine, I would have named my daughter Lisa. ;) I have a dog named Emilee and it is my second favorite name. (My mom actually wanted to name me Emily but it was a no go.) I also really like Olivia and Elizabeth.

  108. I love your blog and best wishes with the arrival of your baby girl. I just recently had a baby girl and after 3 boys it was sooooo fun to pick out a girl name. We decided on Allie with Ann as her middle name, for my mom. If fits great, i love it and i also love Marin, Paige and Emme.
    My oldest son wants me to have 2 more girls so we can have 3 boys and 3 girls and he wants to name them Lily and Molly. I don’t know if I’ve got 2 more pregnancies in me but I love that he wants more sisters.
    BTW: you are so brave to turn naming over to your husband. I would never do that, then again before my 3rd was born my husband floated names like Gidgiddoni just to get me worked up which just proves he is not trustworthy in the name department.

    • Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} says:

      Haha! So funny. I love Paige. That’s on my list. My son wants more kids too but I’m at my limit.

  109. Just finished eating this and it was AMAZING!!!! Thanks for sharing!!

  110. This looks yummy, can’t wait to try it!

    I had a similar experience when naming my son. It wasn’t until I looked into his eyes that I knew what his name should be!

  111. I’m sure you’ve had that precious baby by now – but just in case! I am named after my dad, Ken – and yes, I was supposed to be a girl – never loved my name growing up, but now it’s nice to be the only Kenna most everywhere we go. Kenna Lyn – we also have a friend who named his daughter Jonna – Dad is John – – just a thought! My granddaughter’s are Kylie Lyn, Brooke Madisen, Kerrington Belle and Juliette Lyn – Blessings to you and your family – love your recipes!

    • Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} says:

      Thank you so much! Tomorrow is the big day.

      • You’re welcome – I forgot to tell you my daughter’s name – it’s Lyndsie Danielle – can’t wait to see the beautiful new addition to your family and read her name! What a wonderful story you will have to tell her when she is older!

  112. Hi Christy–
    The Cuban beef looks absolutely delicious!

    As for names. . . We have a daughter named Elizabeth (actually, all our kids have Biblical names) and if we had had a second daughter we would have named her Jubilee Rose, but since we already have six kids, I REALLY don’t think we’re having another . . . Maybe you could have your boys choose the baby’s name?

    Good luck!

  113. I like Mia. My daughter is Maili (pronounced like Mylee) – her grandparents live in Hawaii, hence the Hawaiian spelling. I also like Leah, Malia, Sunni, and Piper. Sorry, I just couldn’t resist throwing my two cents in here.

  114. As for names I am partial to Amelia (having one of my own), Rose, Matilda, Virginia, Elizabeth, Hannah (i’m an old world name kinda girl) good luck!

  115. Looks like I’m late to the party, but for what it’s worth, I’ve always loved the name Cecily.

  116. My little girl is Parker Isabella. I love that it’s unusual but still common (though in boys).

  117. Vaca frita is actually from Tampa, not Cuba. Its essentially ropa vieja without the tomato. You did a great job of using a cut other than brisket or skirt steak, which are more shreddy by nature. If you are ever in Tampa visit La Teresita, its the birthplace of vaca frita.

    • I love the name Stella and Ivy. I wish I could have used one of them. But, my baby #5 was a boy and we are done…I think! Good Luck with everything. Such an exciting time.

  118. I named my daughter Blake Adele. She gets lots of compliments on it. And it got her out of a parking ticket once; the judge called her name “Blake” and then looked for a guy; she’s 5’2″ and he didn’t see her standing; finally she said “here” loud enough. And she told him that i had named her Blake after William Blake the Poet (tiger tiger burning bright, in the forest of the night ….) and the judge said anyone with a mom like that … the ticket is gone!’

    • Congratulations to all! Bailey is beautiful. You are so little and she was pretty big! You should get a prize or something for 4 c-sections (other then Bailey), my goodness. So glad you are both healthy and you sound very grateful and happy. Best wishes to all as you continue to welcome Bailey into your family. Gentle healing for you.

    • Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} says:

      I love Blake for a girl…

  119. Shes beautiful. God has truly blessed you.

  120. Edward Chalmers says:

    I think you mean Stepford wife gone AWOL as in absent with out leave

  121. FYI Cubans are only allowed to raise the beef, not eat it. Beef is only for tourist consumption!

    • Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} says:

      Good to know…

    • I LOVE Zoe as well! When I was pregnant with my son if he would have been a girl I wanted to name him Zoe or Phoebe (husband wasn’t thrilled, lol) but we had a son so it turned out really cool anyway as both me and my husband’s have dad’s with middle names are ‘Neal’ so no choice in that part , I wanted to name him also after my husband (Jerry) but my husband hates his name for his son but we both agreed since he was our first son, we wanted the name Adam so we wound up with Adam J Neal! We have a daughter, Hannah Angelica♥♥♥
      Also I love the recipe with one HUGE change! LOL My guys and I Love Pork Loin, it’s so juicy and the texture absolutely melts in your mouth. A bit more traditional as well but I also love it with Beef♥♥♥