Ropa Vieja

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  • 2 to 3 tablespoons oil
  • 3 pounds beef, flank, chuck or brisket, cut into largish chunks, 2 1/2 to 3 inches
  • 2 large onions, sliced pole to pole
  • 2 green peppers, sliced into strips
  • 2 red peppers, sliced into strips
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup broth, beef or chicken
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 2 bay leaves


Heat 2 tablespoons oil in large skillet. Add meat, working in batches if necessary and brown. Transfer to slow cooker.

Add additional oil and cook onions, peppers, and garlic for several minutes until slightly softened, stirring now and then. Add to the slow cooker.

Add tomato paste to the pan and cook for a minute or so, stirring. Add the stock to the pan, then stir in salt, oregano, cumin & pepper. Add the mixture to slow cooker along with vinegar and bay leaves.

Cover and cook on low for 8 hours or so, until very tender and shreddable. Using two forks, shred meat into the sauce.

Taste and adjust for salt, pepper, and vinegar to your liking.

Serve over rice.


  • if desired, add 1/3 cup raisins to the slow cooker along with the broth mixture and vinegar.
  • 1/2 cup of sliced olives may be added at the end of the cooking process.

Keywords: Bargain Meal of the Week, Beef, Bell Peppers, Chuck Roast, Cuban, Freezes Well, Slow Cooker, Vinegar