Slow-Cooker Ropa Vieja

Slow-Cooker Ropa Vieja
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Ropa Vieja is a classic Cuban dish. The literal translation is "old clothes" and refers to the stringy texture of the meat when it is shredded. It make a great filling for tacos, or served along side rice or plantains. Complete the meal with serving of vegetables like a simple salad or flavorful roasted veggies like these Cubano Roasted Broccoli Florets.
  • Prep time
    10 min
  • Cook time
    6 hr
  • Servings
    10 Servings
  • Serving size
    1/2 cup
Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts

10 Servings

  • Serving Size
    1/2 cup
  • Amount per serving Calories 170

  • Total Fat 7g
    • Saturated Fat 2.9g
    • Trans Fat 0g
  • Cholesterol 45mg
  • Sodium 200mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 6g
    • Dietary Fiber 1g
    • Total Sugars 3g
    • Added Sugars 0g
  • Protein 20g
  • Potassium 530mg
  • Phosphorus 205mg

Choices/Exchanges: 1 Nonstarchy vegetable, 2 Lean protein, 1 Fat



  • flank steak
    2 lbs
  • red bell peppers (seeded and sliced)
  • large red onion (sliced)
  • fresh cilantro (with stems)
    1 cup
  • no-salt-added canned diced tomatoes
    1 (15-oz) can
  • red wine vinegar
    1/2 cup
  • garlic (minced)
    4 clove
  • salt
    1/2 tsp
  • black pepper
    1/2 tsp
  • cumin
    1 tsp
  • crushed red pepper flakes
    1/4 tsp


  1. Add all ingredients to the slow cooker, cover and cook on high for 6 hours.

  2. When the meat is done, gently remove from the sauce. Puree the sauce with an immersion blender or in a stand blender.

  3. Shred the beef and return to the sauce.