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Recipe: Ropa Vieja (slow cooker recipe)

October 30, 2012, 4:42 pm

“Ropa Vieja” literally means “old clothes” but this recipe is anything but! This traditional Cuban dish is a delicious and easy meal you can be proud of!

Preparation Time: approximately 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 8 hours

Serving Size: approx.1 cup total mixture (meat and sauce); makes 6-8


1.5-2 lb. pork roast, cut into quarters (you may also use beef)

1 cup onion (yellow), diced

1 shallot, minced

1 green bell pepper, diced

1 red bell pepper, diced

6 oz tomato sauce, no salt added

2 cups diced tomatoes, no salt added (with liquid)

1 TB tomato paste, no salt added

1 habanero pepper, minced (optional)

1 TB cumin

1 TB thyme, dried

1 TB oregano, dried

1.5 TB garlic, minced

2 tsp. coriander powder

1 TB chili powder

2 bay leaves

1 TB salt

1 TB sugar granules (raw)

1 tsp. cayenne pepper (optional)

1 cup peas, frozen (thawed)

¼ cup scallions, sliced (optional)

¼ bunch cilantro sprigs (optional)


Preheat slow cooker to high. Combine tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, spices/seasonings, and salt/sugar. Mix in onion, shallot, bell peppers, and habanero. Add to slow cooker.

Add pork/beef chunks and toss well. Cook on high for 8 hours/until pork reaches an internal temperature of 155 degrees or higher. Remove from slow cooker and shred using two forks. Add back to sauce along with 1 cup peas and mix well. Continue cooking ON LOW HEAT for an additional hour.

Storage and Turn-out

Serve 2/3 cup mixture. Garnish with cilantro sprig and/or chopped scallions.

This dish pairs well with ½ cup prepared quinoa or saffron rice, black beans, and sliced pan-fried plantains.

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