Slow Cooker Cuban Ropa Vieja

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Rated 5.0 based on 3 customer reviews
Slow Cooker Cuban Ropa Vieja
Slow Cooker Cuban Ropa Vieja


  • kosher salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 pounds flank steak
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 cup dry red wine (Pinot Noir works well)
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • 1 yellow onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 2 bay leaves


For best results, we recommend using:


  1. Season flank steak with salt and pepper.
  2. Stir tomato sauce, red wine, beef stock, onion, green bell pepper, red bell pepper, garlic, oregano, cumin, vinegar, and bay leaves together in the crock of a slow cooker; add steak.
  3. Cook on Low for 8 hours.
  4. Shred beef with two forks and stir into the liquid. Season stew with salt and pepper to serve.
Mealthy tip:

Many versions of this dish add pimento-stuffed olives and their brine at the end of cooking. You may wish to try this variation, particularly if you are a fan of olives!


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Sam Dalton says:

I had never heard of Cuban ropa vieja, but decided to make this recipe for my wife because she loves Latin-Caribbean cuisine. I like the way this turned out, it had a lot of good flavor. My wife was really happy with it too!

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Laura Griffin says:

This ropa vieja is superb! The flavor is incredible, thanks to the peppers, cumin, and wine. I can't wait to make this recipe again. Perfect for tacos or with rice and beans.

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Greg Jones says:

Delicious flank steak. The meat wasn't too tough, and had a lot of good flavor. Also goes great over rice.