Crockpot Ropa Vieja

This is kind of random.  But the other day I had a pot roast that I needed to use.   And I’ve always liked Cuban food.  And my crockpot.  So I put the two together and made Ropa Vieja.  Maybe that’s not really how it all went down, there was quite a bit of debate about what to make for dinner.  And I remembered I had seen a recipe for Ropa Vieja, right here:  Which has always intrigued me because it means “old clothes.”  I’ve had it in Cuban restaurants before and I’ve always thought, who would want to eat old clothes?  But it’s actually really good.  Meat simmered for a long time in a tomato based sauce with garlic, cumin and a splash of vinegar.  What’s not to love?  I served mine with black beans and tortillas. Yummy!

I didn’t follow the recipe above exactly, kind of adjusted it a little based on what I had available, but the general idea is the same.  Place meat, onions, bell peppers, can of Rotel, can of tomato sauce, tomato paste, vinegar, garlic, salt, pepper and cumin into slow cooker.


Simmer on low for 5-6 hours.


Remove beef and shred.  Place back in sauce.

Top with diced onions and cilantro.  Serve with black beans and tortillas.



1-2 lb beef pot roast
1 – 8 oz can of tomato sauce
1 can of Rotel (mild or medium)
1 medium onion, sliced
1 green bell pepper, sliced
2 Tablespoons tomato paste
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar (or white distilled vinegar)

Place all ingredients in crock pot.  Simmer on low for 5-6 hours.  Shred beef and return to sauce.  Serve with black beans and tortillas.