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Ropa Vieja 2

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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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.


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