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Budget Ropa Vieja for the Slow Cooker

Ropa Vieja is a traditional Cuban stew of shredded beef, peppers and tomatoes served over rice. This budget version uses rump roast and is adapted for the slow cooker.
Servings 12 servings
Calories 253kcal

Equipment

  • Wilton Perfect Results Premium Non-Stick 21 x 15-Inch Mega Baking Pan
  • Measuring Cups and Magnetic Measuring Spoons Set
  • Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker, Sterilizer, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Saute, Yogurt Maker, and Warmer, 6 Quart, 14 One-Touch Programs
  • Korean Premium Ceramic Stone Bowl with Lid, For Cooking Hot Pot Dolsot Bibimbap and Soup

Ingredients

  • 3- pound rump roast
  • 2 15- oz. or 1 28-oz. can stewed or diced tomatoes
  • 5 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 4 cloves garlic crushed
  • 2 jalapenos diced fine
  • 2-4 bell peppers diced
  • 2 small or 1 large onion diced
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt plus additional for sprinkling
  • ½ cup chopped green olives optional
  • 2 tablespoons brine from olives optional

Instructions

  • Sprinkle the roast with kosher salt and let it rest while you prepare the other ingredients. Process the tomatoes in a blender until pureed. Combine tomatoes, ketchup, vinegar, jalapeno, garlic, cumin and 2 teaspoons salt in the slow cooker. Add the rump roast, fat side up. Add the bell pepper and onion on top. Cook for 4 hours on high or 8 hours on low, until the roast is very tender and pierces easily with a fork.
  • Remove the roast from the pot and place on a large baking sheet or tray. Add the olive brine, if using, to the juices in the pot and stir.
  • Remove and discard visible fat from the roast. Cut the roast across the grain into 2 or 3-inch thick slices, then shred the meat with two forks. Return shredded beef to the pot with the tomatoes and other vegetables.
  • Serve the ropa vieja in a bowl over rice. Top each serving with chopped green olives, if desired.

Notes

Suggested side dish: Best Ever Mexican Black Beans. Substitute cumin for taco seasoning in the bean recipe.