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Slow Cooker Ropa Vieja Recipe

Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
8 hr 15 min
8 servings
In this Recipe

Ropa vieja is a traditional dish in Cuba, and throughout the Caribbean. This yummy dish consists of shredded beef with a richly flavored tomato sauce and slow cooked vegetables. The dish can be braised, or cooked in an oven, but for ease, we like to make the dish in a slow cooker. Serve the meat over rice, and have black beans on the side to complete the dish. Enjoy!


  • 1 can Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes (~14 oz can – we like fire roasted for flavor)
  • 3 Tbsp Ketchup (but normal is fine.)
  • 1 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 clove Garlic
  • 3 Bell Pepper (minced)
  • 1 Onion (sliced)
  • 1/4 cup Sliced Pimiento Peppers (use same color)
  • 2 Tbsp Salt (or 3 different colors)
  • 1 Tbsp Paprika (sliced)
  • 1 Tbsp Cumin
  • 2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 Leahy’s Angus Beef Flank Steak
  • 3 Tbsp Green Olives
  • Cilantro (omit for less spicy flavor)
  • Lime (2 – 2.5# size)


  1. Add all ingredients except flank steak and olives to a 5-6 quart slow cooker, and stir to combine. Place the flank steak on top, put the cover on, and cook for 8 hours on low.

  2. After 8 hours, remove the flank steak, and shred with 2 forks. Add the shredded meat and olives to the slow cooker, and stir. Serve over rice with cilantro and fresh squeezed lime juice on top. Enjoy!

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