Ropa Vieja is a traditional Cuban dish that’s perfect for your slow cooker. It’s braised and shredded beef cooked in a tomato based sauce with peppers, onions, peas and seasoned with cumin and other spices.

Slow Cooker Ropa Vieja

Beefy, salty, spicy (if you add a jalapeno)… serve it over rice and your family will treat you like a culinary genius.
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 15 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine Worldwide
Servings 6 servings


  • 680 g skirt steak, flank steak, or top sirloin
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 1 carrot sliced into chunks
  • 1 red or orange bell pepper sliced into strips
  • 6 garlic cloves minced or pressed
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 beef bullion cubes
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 cans tomato sauce
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 2/3 cup frozen peas


  • Place meat in the bottom of the slow cooker.
  • Add all spices on top (including salt and bullion).
  • Add vegetables (except for the peas).
  • Top with tomato sauce and water.
  • Cook on low for 8-10 hours.
  • Boil peas for 4-5 minutes and add to the slow cooker.
  • Shred meat and serve over rice.


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