Slow Cooker Spicy Ropa Vieja Recipe


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I ordered lechon and everyone at the table ordered ropa vieja.  I questioned my choice, maybe I made the wrong decision.  We were all in Miami for a conference and to celebrate my first time in South Beach, I wanted to eat at a Cuban restaurant.  I just had to cross another thing off my life list.  When our plates arrived, my bff Ruby insisted I try some of her ropa vieja.  It was delicious but I couldn’t just take over her food.  I happily shoved my face but kept thinking about their ropa vieja.

The conversation turned into recipes and I was obsessed with trying my hand at it when I got home.  I wasn’t even home for a week when I made it myself.  My husband Chris fell in love with it and I made it the week after too.  That time I changed up the recipe and took out the cilantro, added more beef broth and no tomato paste – it was good but it wasn’t the same.  The next time I craved spicy ropa vieja in tortillas.  Sometimes you just need that Habanero flavor kick!


1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1-2 pounds beef flank steak
1 cup beef broth
1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
1 green bell pepper, seeded and sliced into strips
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon chopped fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1 teaspoon El Yucateco Black Label Reserve (exclusively available at Walmart)

  • Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Brown the flank steak on each side, about 4 minutes per side.
  • Transfer beef to a slow cooker.
  • In the same skillet, pour in the beef broth and tomato sauce, then add bell pepper, garlic, tomato paste, cumin, cilantro, olive oil, vinegar and El Yucateco.
  • Stir until well blended.
  • Transfer to slow cooker.
  • Cook on High for 4 hours, or on Low for up to 10 hours.
  • At about 3 hours, shread meat with tongs.
  • When ready to serve, serve with tortillas or rice.





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  1. Looks good! I need to use my slow cooker more. I would use my fiance’s homemade hot sauce (made from peppers he grows).

  2. This sounds delicious! I love ropa vieja! I’ll have to make a trip to Walmart because my husband is obsessed with all things spicy, so that Yucateco seems like something he could enjoy. Thanks for the recipe!

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