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!


Slow Cooker Ropa Vieja
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Serves: 6-8
  • 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
  1. Place meat in the bottom of the slow cooker.
  2. Add all spices on top (including salt and bullion)
  3. Add vegetables (except for the peas).
  4. Top with tomato sauce and water.
  5. Cook on low for 8-10 hours.
  6. Boil peas for 4-5 minutes and add to the slow cooker.
  7. Shred meat and serve over rice.

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  • Was good and easy. The recipe calls for WAY too much garlic though, I would use half, max. Are it with rice and plantains. Yum!

  • Put all ingredients in before leaving for work, came home to great aroma. I figured it just had to be yummy–oh my, as advertised it was awesome! Thank you

  • This is going in our rotation! I threw everything together in a freezer bag (minus the peas) and froze it. Took it out to thaw yesterday then had the boyfriend put it in the slow cooker at lunch. Added the peas and shredded the meat when we got home. It was delicious.

    • Enjoyed Ropa Vieja several times in Cuba over the NYE holiday. Each time, the dish had peas in it. Served at citizens’ homes. Perhaps specific family recipes include peas.

  • Lauren,

    The ropa vieja is AWESOME, tastes closer to the real thing than anything I’ve tried to make before!I bought flank steak, it is a little chewy, but it shredded up beautifully.

    My only constructive comment is that the above recipe made WAY too much sauce for 1.5 pounds of meat and the veggies. I think one 8oz. can would do the trick– I spooned out half of the sauce before adding the beef back.

    So, so excited to try the other Dump Recipes!!

  • The small cans of sauce are usually 4 oz i thought so 2 of those sounds about right.. also does anyone add Sofrito? Just curious sounds great cannot wait to try it!

  • So tasty! I usually warn my family when I have made a new recipe so I can get their feedback before adding it to your meal plan rotation.
    Feed back was: Silence during dinner and them going back for seconds and thirds!
    I am going to double the recipe and freeze it to take to the lake on Memorial Day.
    Thank you so much for a flavorful new addition to our dinners!

  • Oh my Gosh!!!! This was delicious! I’m Puerto Rican and this meal has all the right flavors to remind me of food from home! My sister and I got together to eat and it was SOOOO good! I passed along the recipe to other family members.

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