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Ropa Vieja is a classic Cuban dish, with slow cooked beef, peppers and tons of flavor.

Ropa Vieja is a classic Cuban dish, with slow cooked beef, peppers and tons of flavor.


Cuban food is known for being filled with flavor and spice, but not with the kind of spice that brings the “burn.” There is a richness in flavor that the whole family will love and enjoy.

To Make Ropa Vieja in the slow cooker you will need:

  • beef skirt steak
  • red bell pepper
  • green bell pepper
  • onion
  • fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • salt
  • pepper
  • cumin
  • apple cider vinegar
  • ketchup
  • garlic
  • jalapenos (optional)
  • green olives
  • cooked rice for serving
  • slow cooker
  • bowl
  • cutting board & knife

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Watch me make this recipe in the video below:

Ropa Vieja is a classic Cuban dish, with slow cooked beef, peppers and tons of flavor.

Cut bell peppers into strips, and slice an onion. Mince some garlic cloves.

Deseed and slice jalapeno peppers.

Cut a skirt steak in half. Place one half in the slow cooker.

Layer half of the pepper and onion slices on the skirt steak. Place the second half of the steak on that layer, and top with the remaining pepper and onion slices.

Combine the diced tomatoes, apple cider vinegar, ketchup and seasonings in a small bowl. Sir together and spread over the top of the contents of the slow cooker.

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Cover and cook on low heat for 7-8 hours.

Carefully transfer the steak pieces to a cutting board and shred with forks. Place it back in the slow cooker and give the steak & peppers a quick stir.

Give the olives a quick chop.

Serve the ropa vieja on cooked rice, and top with the chopped olives.

Enjoy!

Serve with rice, and Enjoy!

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Ropa Vieja is a classic Cuban dish, with slow cooked beef, peppers and tons of flavor.

Ropa Vieja

Constance Smith – A Good Life Farm
Ropa Vieja is a classic Cuban dish, with slow cooked beef, peppers and tons of flavor.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 8 hrs
Total Time 8 hrs 10 mins
Course Entrées – Main Dishes
Cuisine Cuban
Servings 6
Calories 200 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 onion
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, (optional)
  • 1 lb skirt steak
  • 15 ounces fire-roasted, diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup green olives
  • cooked rice for serving

Instructions
 

  • To begin, cut your bell peppers into strips, and slice your onion.
  • Deseed and slice the jalapeno peppers.
  • Cut your skirt steak in half. Place one half in the slow cooker.
  • Layer half of the pepper and onion slices on the skirt steak. Place the second half of the steak on that layer, and top with the remaining pepper and onion slices.
  • Combine the diced tomatoes, apple cider vinegar, ketchup, garlic and seasonings in a small bowl. Sir together and spread over the top of the contents of the slow cooker.
  • Cover and cook on low heat for 7-8 hours.
  • Carefully transfer the steak pieces to a cutting board and shred with forks. Place it back in the slow cooker and give the steak & peppers a quick stir.
  • Give the olives a quick chop.
  • Serve the ropa vieja on cooked rice, and top with the chopped olives.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

If you have a hard time finding a skirt steak, this recipe can also be made with flank steak, as you saw in the video.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cCalories: 200kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 18gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 48mgSodium: 797mgPotassium: 396mgFiber: 3gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 1183IUVitamin C: 50mgCalcium: 56mgIron: 3mg

Nutritional information is auto-generated and the accuracy is not guaranteed.

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This post was originally written in 2012, and updated in 2021.

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