Slow Cooker Ropa Vieja

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Our slow cooker ropa viega is the kind of recipe your slow cooker was made for. After simmering all day with rich spices, this ropa vieja turns out amazingly tender, and melts in your mouth from the first bite to the last. If you’ve been keeping your eye out for some new and delicious slow cooker recipes, put this one at the top of your list; it does not disappoint!

Slow Cooker Ropa Vieja

Slow Cooker Ropa Vieja

Yields: 6 servings | Serving Size: about 1/2 cup|Calories: 348| Total Fat:  13 g | Saturated Fat: 5 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 83 mg | Sodium: 380 mg | Carbohydrates: 11 g | Dietary Fiber: 4 g | Sugars: 7 g | Protein: 45 g | SmartPoints (Freestyle): 8


  • 1 15-ounce crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 jalapeño, minced
  • 2 pounds flank steak, slice the width of the flank and not the length
  • 2 red bell peppers, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 cup pitted and chopped black olives
  • Chopped green onions, for garnish


  1. Add all ingredients, except the olives, in your slow cooker and stir to coat. Cover and cook over low heat for 8 hours, or until beef is tender.
  2. When beef is tender, remove and shred with 2 forks. Add back to the pot and stir in the olives. Serve over rice if desired.

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9 Comments on "Slow Cooker Ropa Vieja"

  1. Jus' Sayin'  March 18, 2015

    The intro says "crockpot chicken" , the picture looks like its chicken, but the recipe says "flank steak" ???

    • SkinnyMs  March 18, 2015

      Jus Sayin, I don't see anything about crockpot chicken in the intro of this article. Can you tell me where you see that?

  2. 2umestone  May 24, 2015

    I like mine with smoked sausage. But it is hard to keep lit.

  3. Jean  May 8, 2016

    Red bell peppers or green? Green olives or black? And do you cut the flank steak at all before cooking?

    • Gale Compton  May 9, 2016

      Jean, The recipe has been updated with answers to your questions. 🙂

  4. Jean  May 8, 2016

    Would skirt steak work as well as flank steak?

    • Gale Compton  May 9, 2016

      Jean, Hmmmm…flank steak should work. Keep us posted. 🙂

  5. Maria  October 22, 2016

    There is no jalapeño in ropa vieja, no Apple cider vinegar, always white wine vinegar. You do need to use flank steak so it will shred properly.

    • Nichole  October 22, 2016

      Thank you for the information, Maria!


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