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There are many theories as to how the dish was named. One of the more popular ones is a story about a man whose family was coming to his home for dinner. Being very poor, the man could not buy them enough food when they came. To remedy his situation, he went to his closet, gathered some old clothes (ropa vieja) and permeated them with his love. When he cooked the clothes, his love for his family turned the clothes into a wonderful beef stew.
Some versions in the Canary Islands contain beef, chicken or pork, or a combination of any of the three, often bulked up with potatoes and/or chick peas. So with this information under my belt, plus with a little input from Zoe (part owner of La Cantina), I decided to make my very own attempt Ropa Vieja.