Easy Crockpot Ropa Vieja: Cuban Pulled Beef with Pepper & Onions

on February 10, 2015

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I am trying to rekindle my love affair with my slow cooker with some new recipes.  I made ropa vieja in the crockpot the other night and it is one of my new favorites. Ropa vieja (Spanish for “old clothes”) is a Cuban dish that I first tried at last year’s Food & Wine Festival.


I adapted this recipe from Make It Fast, Cook It Slow and made it even easier by using a frozen veggie mix. It took less than 5 minutes to prep and had tons of flavor without being spicy. I served it over rice with some avocado slices. This recipe can also easily be doubled to feed a larger group.

Easy Crockpot Ropa Vieja (Cuban Pulled Beef)

Serves 3


1 pound beef (whatever is on sale is fine – stew meat, skirt steak, etc.)
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
8 ounces frozen pepper & onion mix (about half of a bag)
1 teaspoon minced garlic (1 clove)
1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
1/3 cup chicken or beef broth
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons tomato paste (or substitute ketchup if you are out like I did… oops!)


Combine the cumin, paprika, chili powder, salt and pepper in a bowl. Rub the spice mix on the meat and add both the meat and any extra spices to the slow cooker. Add the frozen veggies next, followed by the remaining ingredients. Cover and cook on low for about 8 hours until the meat is tender. Shred the meat with two forks and serve over rice with a ladle of sauce.

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