Get out that crockpot and make our deliciously easy Ropa Vieja. Nothing is better than this tender flavorful Cuban beef stew filled with tomatoes, onions & peppers. It’s the perfect dinner for any night of the week.
I have always been intrigued by Spanish and Cuban cuisine. It might be because I live in Southern Florida which has a large Spanish and Cuban presence and an abundance of specialty restaurants, which we love to dine at, all sporting their most popular dishes. One dish that I have found in most of these restaurants is a delicious meaty stew called Ropa Vieja. I have been told it is one of Cuba’s national dishes as well as one of the most popular dishes in both central and southern Spain. But no matter where it comes from, it is one flavorful meal!
I was curious as to what Ropa Vieja meant, so I asked my husband as he’s the Spanish speaker in our house, and he said it translated to “old clothes”. Now why would they call it that! Well, supposedly the shredded beef and vegetables resemble strips of colorful rags, hence old clothes. Who knew?!
This is such an easy meal to put together. All you have to do is dump everything in a crockpot and let it go. It’s perfect for busy weeknights and easily reheated for lunches or dinners during the week. You can change it up every time you have it by serving it with different sides. One day can be tortillas, one day rice or crusty bread. Whatever way you have it – it’s delicious! Enjoy!
Love Cuban? You might like to try another favorite dish of mine, Pechuga a la Plancha, or Cuban Chicken with Onions.
Crockpot Ropa Vieja
Yield: 6 servings
A delicious Cuban beef stew, flavored with tomatoes, onions & peppers. Mix it up in the crockpot for a quick & easy weeknight dinner.