Slow Cooker Ropa Vieja

Published on June 28, 2015 By Lauren

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    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.

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    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.

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    Add the beef to the bottom of your slow cooker, top with spices, and then top with the tomato sauce and water.

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    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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    Slow Cooker Ropa Vieja

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    Prep Time: 15 minutes
    Cook Time: 8 hours
    Total Time: 8 hours 15 minutes
    Servings: 6 -8
    Author: Lauren Cobello


    • 1.5 lbs of skirt steak flank steak, or top sirloin
    • 1 onion sliced
    • 1 carrot sliced into chunks
    • 1/2 bag mini sweet peppers or 1 red or orange bell pepper sliced into strips
    • 6 cloves garlic minced or pressed
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 1 tsp ground cumin
    • 2 beef bullion cubes
    • 1/2 cup water
    • 2 cans tomato sauce 8 oz. each
    • 2 tsp oregano
    • 1 tsp black pepper
    • 2/3 cup frozen peas


    • Place meat in the bottom of the slow cooker.
    • Add all spices on top (including salt and bullion)
    • Add vegetables (except for the peas).
    • Top with tomato sauce and water.
    • Cook on low for 8-10 hours.
    • Boil peas for 4-5 minutes and add to the slow cooker.
    • Shred meat and serve over rice.

    Have you grabbed my freezer meal plans, yet? I might be biased but I think they are pretty amazing! They have saved our dinner hour for years now. Check them out!

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