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CROCKPOT ROPA VIEJA

Crockpot Ropa Vieja is a delicious Cuban beef stew, flavored with tomatoes, onions & peppers and cooked to perfection in the crockpot. It's the perfect easy weeknight dinner.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 15 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Linda Warren

Ingredients

  • 2-1/2 to 3 lbs. chuck roast or flank steak
  • 3-4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, coarsely chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, coarsely chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled & coarsely chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, minced
  • 1 14.5- oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/2-1 cup beef broth
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon cumin
  • 1 Tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 Tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Garnish: chopped cilantro, lime wedges

Directions

  1. Score meat lightly and stuff pieces of garlic cloves into grooves.
  2. Place peppers, onions, carrots and minced jalapeno pepper into bottom of crockpot. Place meat on top.
  3. Mix remaining ingredients except for garnish and pour over meat.
  4. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours.

  5. Remove meat from crockpot and shred. I usually use 2 forks and pull meat in opposite directions to shred.
  6. Remove bay leaf. Return meat to crockpot and stir.
  7. Ladle into serving dishes then garnish with cilantro & a lime wedge. Serve with rice, tortillas or crusty bread, black beans, plantains and sour cream.