Ropa Viejo
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How to Cook Ropa Viejo, a cuban beef, in a crock pot.
Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Cuban
Serves: 8
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1 flank steak
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 16-ounce cans diced tomatoes
  • 6 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar (wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar)
  • 2 poblano peppers, seeded, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced (optional)
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 10 spanish olives
  1. Season flank steak with salt and pepper.
  2. Brown flank steak five minutes on each side on medium high heat. Remove from pot.
  3. You can brown the flank steak in separate pan and then remove to a slow cooker.
  4. If making in crock pot, add onions, peppers, 1 can diced tomato.
  5. Add in flank steak. (see notes for cooking in a dutch oven)
  6. Add about 1 cup beef broth or water, or enough liquid to just cover the flank steak.
  7. Add vinegar.
  8. Cook for six on high, 10 hours on low.
  9. In last hour, add olives, and second can of tomatoes.
  10. Once done, use a fork to shred beef.
If making in a dutch oven, you can reduce the cooking time, but cook on a very low heat on to of stove for about 4 hours, or put in an oven no higher than 300 degrees. Make sure you have enough liquid in the pot.

Green Bell Pepper: It's not necessary, but will add in another layer of flavor.
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