Lauren Cobello » Meal Planning » Slow Cooker Recipes » Slow Cooker Ropa Vieja
What? You’ve never heard of it before? Well you are in for a treat with this Crockpot Ropa Vieja (this recipe is part of an AMAZING slow cooker dump meal plan!). It’s a traditional Cuban dish that’s perfect for your slow cooker. It’s braised and shredded beef cooked in a tomato based sauce with peppers, onions, peas and seasoned with cumin and other spices.
And let me tell you – this one is GREAT! Beefy, salty, spicy (if you add a jalapeno)… serve it over rice and your family will treat you like a culinary genius.
But here’s the trick, this will only take you about 10 minutes to prepare! Above are the ingredients that you will need. Traditional Ropa Vieja uses a flank steak or a skirt steak, but I’ve found that a top sirloin works just fine too, and it’s a bit cheaper.
Note that I used mini sweet peppers. You can sub one red or orange pepper instead. Oh… and nevermind the olive oil – I don’t know why it’s in the picture.
Add the beef to the bottom of your slow cooker, top with spices, and then top with the tomato sauce and water.
Set it to low for 8 – 10 hours and the meat will shred apart with ease. It’s at this point that you will add the peas (they don’t do so well for long cook times in the crockpot). Boil 2/3 cup of frozen peas for about 3-4 minutes and then add to the slow cooker. Stir them in and you’re ready to serve!
And if you like this one, you might be interested in 40 other slow cooker dump recipes that are AMAZING!
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