Empanadas de Ropa Vieja (shredded beef paties)

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Empanadas de Ropa Vieja; a classic and delicious appetizer perfect for the Holidays.


Are you ready for Navidad (Christmas)? I am. I’m ready to share special moments with family and friends; I’m ready and eager to see the little ones opening their presents; and of course, I’m ready to enjoy some delicious traditional Christmas dishes.

This year the preparations have started early in my house; My mom is already making pasteles, my sister made a batch of the traditional coquito and I will contribute to the cause with some delicious empanadas. I mean, Who doesn’t like empanadas?

By the way these are not the traditional beef empanadas; These empanada are extra special because they are made with ropa vieja (shredded beef) plus, I added La Morena® Chipotle Peppers in adobo sauce for an extra kick. Also, I cooked the beef In Knorr® Beef Flavor Bouillon Granulated Bouillon for extra flavor. Knorr® and La Morena® products are high quality ingredients that I can depend on to create delicious meals that bring friends and family together during the special holiday season.

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Preparing  these yummy appetizers is super easy. I’m pretty sure you have most of the ingredients at home; If not, head to Walmart where you can find some of the ingredients  such as La Morena® Chipotle Peppers in Adobo, Knorr® Beef Flavor Bouillon Granulated Bouillon and Knorr® Tomato with Chicken Granulated Bouillon. These are available in the Hispanic Aisle.




Empanadas de Ropa Vieja:

  • 24 Empanadas discs
  • 2 to 2½ Lb. Beef Chuck Bottom Roast
  • 1 teaspoon Knorr® Beef Flavor Bouillon Granulated Bouillon-2.2 lbs (no cubes) diluted in 1 cup of water
  • 1 teaspoon Knorr® Tomato with Chicken Granulated Bouillon-2.2 lbs (no cubes) diluted in 1 cup of water
  • 1 tablespoon (about 1 chipotle pepper) La Morena® Chipotle Peppers in Adobo-13 oz can
  • 3 whole garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 Large onion, sliced
  • 1 Large green pepper, sliced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar
  • A sprig of thyme
  • Salt and Black pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon of oil


  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F
  2. Season the Beef Chuck roast with salt and black pepper.
  3. Heat the oil in a large Dutch oven or oven-proof pot, over medium-high heat. Cook the chuck roast for 5 minutes on both sides until turning brown.
  4. Once is browned, add the vinegar,  1 teaspoon of Knorr® Beef Flavor Bouillon Granulated Bouillon diluted in 1cup of water, 1 teaspoon Knorr® Tomato with Chicken Granulated Bouillon diluted in 1 cup of water, 1 tablespoon of La Morena® Chipotle Peppers in Adobo, garlic, onion, green pepper, thyme and bay leaves. Bring to a simmer.
  5. Cover pan and baked a 325° for two to three hours or until roast is tender.
  6. Once cooked, removed the thyme sprigs, bay leaves and garlic. Shred meat with two forks.

For the empanadas.

  1. Add some of the meat filling to one side of the empanada disc. Fold the dough over to enclose the filling. Press with a fork to seal the edges. Brush with egg wash.
  2. Bake at 350° for about 15 to 20 minutes or until empanadas are golden brown.


You can always prep the meat in advance and save it in the fridge for when you need it.




Did you like this twist on the traditional beef empanada? Share with us!



Cooking class with chef Tom Douglas!

This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of Macy’s; however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

One reason to love the Macy’s Culinary Council is the fact that you get to meet and learn cooking tips and tricks from renowned chefs. In this occasion,  Macy’s Culinary Council Chef Tom Douglas will be showing his culinary skills at the DeGustibus Cooking School right in time for the holidays; and I couldn’t be more excited! I mean, what’s more exciting for a foodie than getting to see a famous chef cook his famous dishes? Believe me, you don’t want to miss it! So join me and we will have the opportunity to learn tips and tricks (and enjoy food and drinks!) from the chef himself as he shares some of his award-winning dishes.


Photo Credit: Macy’s Culinary Council

More about the chef…

Tom Douglas is an American executive chef, restaurateur and author of several cook books including Tom’s Dinner and his latest The Dahlia Bakery. Chef Tom Douglas is also recognized for winning the 1994 James Beard Award for Best Northwest Chef as well as the James Beard Award as Best Restaurateur.

Join me at Macy’s Herald Square in New York City and learn tips and tricks from Chef Tom Douglas? All you have to do is purchase a seat in the class for $25* and you will get to see chef Douglas works his magic in the kitchen and learn how to prepare yummy holiday-inspired recipes. Also, with the purchase of a seat you will receive a $10 dollars Macy’s gift card**and a copy of the Dahlia Bakery Cookbook!

Here is more info about the cooking class!

Where: Macy’s Herald Square NYC

151 West 34th Street

New York, NY 10001

When: Saturday December 10, 2016 at 1pm

Event Cost: $25

RSVP right here and to learn more about the Macy’s Culinary Council visit their website Macys.com/culinarycouncil

 See you there!



Event might be subject to cancellation or change. Seating is first come, first served.   *Purchase on Eventbrite **One per customer, while supplies last and time permits. Gift cards and books distributed on December 10, 2016. Gift card valid December 10 – December 17 2016 only.

Momtrends Holiday Soiree + 2016 Holiday Gift Guide

A fun Holiday Soiree thanks to Momtrends, plus the opportunity to see what’s trendy this Christmas 2016.


I attended my first Momtrends Holiday Soiree  and all I have to say is… I can’t wait for next year! This Holiday party was the perfect excuse to mingle with fellow bloggers, eat yummy food and connect with amazing brands.

We enjoyed delicious drinks thanks to Arizona Tea, La Croix Sparkling water and Noble Vines wine. In addition, we received a bag with some of these goodies plus others such as SMASHMAllOW  and The Zen Of Slow cooking.

Talking about Holidays and goodies, I decided to put a 2016 Holiday gift guide with a list of some of the great brands that we connected with. I’m pretty sure you will find a gift for some of the ladies in your life.

American Girl: They have everything for the little ones, from dolls to accessories and even books.

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Nambé: is a contemporary and sophisticated line of jewelry. Nambé not only has beautiful jewelry but also great quality kitchenware; perfect for the chef of the house.


ARmigami: A beautiful multiuse wrap that can be styled in  different ways. Wear it as a scarf, top and even as a skirt! Check their website for images and ideas.

Avery: Perfect to customize any gift in a creative and  fun way. Check their website to learn more about printable tags and labels for those last minutes gift ideas.


LeSportSac: I Love LeSportSac Bags, they are so trendy and light.


Mabel’s Label: I love personalized gift and Mabel’s labels are great for that. They have labels for almost everything, including clothing labels, household labels and even personalized books!


Pearhead: Check their catalog online for fun gifts for the whole family, from ornaments to keepsakes.

Teleflora: Who doesn’t like beautiful flowers? I do. That’s why Teleflora made my list this year. Treat a loved one to a gorgeous floral arrangement this season.


Ivivva: Created by Lululemon,  Ivivva has a range of accessories and comfortable clothing for active girls. Check their new Moon Gem collection available Black Friday 2016 in stores and ivivva.com

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The Bangle Stacker: The perfect gift for the jewelry lover. Keep all your bracelets and rings organized in one place.


Avon Prima: Yes, that’s right! Avon new fragrance, Prima is the perfect gift for the ladies this holiday season. The fragrance celebrates female strength and resilience.


Hope you like my 2016 Holiday Gift Guide. As always share your thoughts with us.

Happy Holidays.


Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. I was provided by Momtrends with samples of these products. As always all opinions are mine alone.

Easy Flan de Coco (coconut flan)

This flan de coco ( Coconut Flan) is a delicious twist to the original version of the original flan caramel.


Who doesn’t like flan? I mean, what’s better than eating a sweet, creamy and delicious dessert after a comforting meal?

To me flan is one of things that you either love or hate. Some people might find the texture of flan a little too creamy for their taste; others might find it overly sweet; and others like me, love it.

On this episode of Johanny’s Kitchen, I’m sharing a recipe for the easiest flan de coco ever!

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Flan the coco does not have the same consistency as regular flan–It’s more grainy; however, the flavors are really good and it doesn’t taste as sweet as flan caramel.

So, are you ready?


Here’s my recipe for flan the coco.

Serve 4 people (4 ramekins)


  • 1(14oz) condensed Milk
  • 1(13.5 or 14 oz) can coconut milk
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon

for the caramel

  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 3/4 cup of water


-Preheat the oven to 350°F

Caramel sauce

-In a small sauce pan over medium heat, place 1 cup of sugar and water. Cook until sugar has dissolve completely ( Do not stir) and it starts to turn brown.

-Carefully and working quickly, pour enough caramel to cover the bottom of four (4) ramekins. Set aside to cool.

Flan preparation:

-In a blender, blend together the coconut milk, eggs, condensed milk and cinnamon.

-Carefully pour the mixture into the ramekins (about 2/3 full)

-Place each one of the ramekins into a deep roasting pan, then pour warm water into the pan (Bain-Marie) to about halfway up of the ramekins. Cook flan in the water for about 40 minutes or until set.

-Let it cool completely and then transfer to fridge.

-To serve, run a knife around the edges to separate the flan from the ramekin and invert into a serving plate.

Enjoy this delicious flan de coco during the holidays or any time of the year!

Happy Cooking.