Cuban Ropa Vieja

Cuban Ropa Vieja

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Kate Phillips Masterson 10

"This is great shredded beef served on tortillas or over rice. Add sour cream, cheese, and fresh cilantro on the side."
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4 h 15 m servings 261 cals
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Original recipe yields 6 servings



  • Calories:
  • 261 kcal
  • 13%
  • Fat:
  • 15.8 g
  • 24%
  • Carbs:
  • 9.9g
  • 3%
  • Protein:
  • 20.5 g
  • 41%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 48 mg
  • 16%
  • Sodium:
  • 599 mg
  • 24%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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Nutritional Information

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Amount Per Serving
  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.


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  1. Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Brown the flank steak on each side, about 4 minutes per side.
  2. Transfer beef to a slow cooker. Pour in the beef broth and tomato sauce, then add the onion, bell pepper, garlic, tomato paste, cumin, cilantro, olive oil and vinegar. Stir until well blended. Cover, and cook on High for 4 hours, or on Low for up to 10 hours. When ready to serve, shred meat and serve with tortillas or rice.


  • Easy Cleanup
  • Try using a liner in your slow cooker for easier cleanup.


  1. 580 Ratings

Most helpful positive review

This recipe is tasty, but for the purists out there -- Cubans do not eat tortillas, sour cream, cheese, etc. Ropa vieja would be served over white rice, with a side of black beans and fried swee...

Most helpful critical review

We thought this was average in taste. I cooked this on high for 4 1/2 hours, after which it still wasn't as tender as I was hoping and was quite chewy. I agree that it could use some salt and I ...

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This recipe is tasty, but for the purists out there -- Cubans do not eat tortillas, sour cream, cheese, etc. Ropa vieja would be served over white rice, with a side of black beans and fried swee...

And 5 more stars too! I made this with a 4 lb chuck roast, doubled all the ingredients and added a LOT more garlic (that's my personal preference, but 2 cloves sounded way too light for this muc...

My husband is Cuban and he loved this dish! As suggested by other reviewers, I increased the amount of garlic. I did add some extra cumin and some salt towards the end to adjust the flavors.

I bought a crock pot specifically for this recipe. I could not have been HAPPIER!!! I made this ropa vieja for my boyfriend's 30th birthday and I got nothing but rave reviews for days to come!...

This came out great. I served it with black beans, white rice, and maduros (sweet plantains). I did however only give it a 4 because I did make some adjustments to make it come out more flavorfu...

I was happy to find this quick version of a recipe I got from a gourmet magazine and it was just as good! As per the gourmet version, I added a lot more garlic (5 cloves but will probably use e...

Marvelous! I used the pressure cooker to save time. Added the beef to the pressure cooker with some water. Also added a beef boullion cube (to make beef broth). After pressure cooker stabali...

my grandmother is Cuban and makes Ropa Vieja. When I told her I made it ...she tried it and loved it. This recipe just might be as good as hers. Love it , love it, love it. Only suggestion is......

This recipe is to die for! I can create a meal that tastes just like I've been to an authentic Cuban restaurant. The only suggestions that I would make are: 1. you don't need to go out and buy f...

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