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Ropa Vieja

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Ropa Vieja

Easy recipe to throw all ingredients together and either slow cook in the crockpot or 1 hour in the instapot and dinner is ready!
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Cuban
Keyword: beef, cuban, ropa vieja
Servings: 10 Servings
Calories: 206kcal
Author: asclavijo


  • 1 Pressure cooker / Instant Pot or Crock Pot


  • 3 lbs Flank Steak, Flap Steak or Chuck Roast
  • 1 Onion Sliced
  • 4 tsp Garlic Minced
  • 2 1/2 tsp Oregano Dried
  • 2 tsp Cumin
  • 2 tsp Paprika
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper
  • 1/8 tsp Cloves ground
  • 1 can Tomatoes 14.5 oz diced
  • 1 can Tomato Paste
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 1 Sazon Packet

Add Later

  • 3 Bell Peppers Red, Yellow and Green
  • Green Olives with pimentos


Instant Pot *High Pressure*

  • Add all of the ingredients (except the ones listed under add later) to an Instant Pot.
  • Secure the lid, close the valve, and cook for about 50-60 minutes at high pressure.
  • Naturally release pressure.
  • Shred the beef using two forks.
  • Press the sauté button, add the bell peppers and cook for 4-5 minutes, or until tender.
  • Stir in the green olives

Slow Cooker

  • Add all of the ingredients to a slow cooker.
  • Cook on low for 7-8 hours, or until the meat is tender.
  • Remove the lid and use two forks to shred the beef.
  • Stir in the bell peppers and cook on low for another hour.
  • Serve with green olives.


Possible additions:
  • 2 red potatoes diced
  • can green chilis
Don't worry the ingredients will yield a dry meat. The tomatoes add enough liquid.
If you would like a more 'soupy' meal, you can add 1c beef broth or 1/2c red wine.


Calories: 206kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 540mg | Potassium: 582mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1264IU | Vitamin C: 48mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 3mg

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