Cuban beef with cilantro salsa

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20 min


6 to 8 servings

* PLUS Cooking time: 8 minutes, Standing Time: 10 minutes, Roasting Time: 120 minutes


  • 20 garlic cloves
  • 3 jalapenos , or 1/3 cup pickled jalapenos
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 2 kg top sirloin or strip loin beef roast
  • 2 large tomatoes
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  • Preheat oven to 350F (180C). Coarsely chop garlic and jalapeños. Pour 1/3 cup (75 mL) oil into a microwave-safe measuring cup. Microwave on high until warm, 40 to 50 seconds. Purée garlic, jalapeños, cumin, 1 tsp (5 mL) salt and pepper in a food processor until smooth. Whirl warm oil and vinegar, then orange juice.
  • Place beef in a 9×13-inch (3-L) baking dish. Pour juice mixture overtop and turn to coat, rubbing into beef. Roast in centre of preheated oven, occasionally basting with pan juices, until a thermometer inserted into centre of beef reads 140F (60C) for medium-rare, 2 to 2-1/4 hours.
  • Meanwhile, cut tomatoes in half. Remove seeds. Chop tomatoes. Finely chop onion and coarsely chop cilantro. Place all in a large bowl. Stir in oil and salt until evenly mixed.
  • When beef is done, remove from oven. Let stand 10 minutes before slicing. Skim and discard fat from pan juices. Pour juices into a wide saucepan. Boil over high heat, stirring occasionally, until reduced by half, 8 to 10 minutes. Slice beef. Arrange on platter. Drizzle sauce overtop. Serve salsa on the side.

Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories
  • 438,
  • Protein
  • 50.1 g,
  • Carbohydrates
  • 14.7 g,
  • Fat
  • 19.5 g,
  • Fibre
  • 1.5 g,
  • Sodium
  • 509 mg.

We streamlined the popular Cuban “mojo” (moe-ho) sauce – a flavourful mix of cumin, garlic and orange juice – then braised a roast in it. It’s perfect for when you’re hosting a crowd and don’t want to babysit the barbecue.