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Ropa Vieja Crockpot Recipe served with white rice on a white plate.
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5 from 2 votes

Ropa Vieja Crockpot Recipe

This Ropa Vieja Crockpot Recipe is comfort food at its best.  Made with beef, tomatoes, olives, peppers and onions, smoky spices and cooked in a tomato sauce.  Serve with white rice and smoky stewed black beans.  Yum!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Cuban, Spanish
Servings: 8
Calories: 266kcal
Author: Mexican Appetizers and More


  • 2 lbs beef chuck (flank steak, london broil or skirt steak) thinly sliced
  • 1 large onion sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper sliced
  • 1 red or yellow bell pepper sliced
  • 3 roma tomatoes cut into strips
  • 1 jalapeno (optional if you would like a little heat) chopped
  • 10 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 cup cilantro coarsely chopped
  • 2 cups chicken or beef broth
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1-2 bay leaves
  • 1 16 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 6 ounce tomato paste
  • 1 small jar of red roasted pepper strips
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 packet of sazon found in the International aisle
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp adobo (optional) found in the International aisle
  • 1/2 cup olives rinsed, drained and cut in half
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 lime cut into wedges to sprinkle over ropa vieja once cooked


  • Cut meat into thin strips.  Season with salt and adobo if using.
    Can brown meat in a heavy skillet with a few tablespoons of oil if you would like, I normally just add most of the ingredients together to slow cooker.
  • Add all ingredients to slow cooker on high for 4 hours or set to low for 6 hours except cilantro and olives.
  • After 4 hours stir in cilantro and olives.
  • Serve with white rice.  Traditionally also served with stewed black beans.
    Sprinkle lime juice over ropa vieja and enjoy!


Serving: 8g | Calories: 266kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 78mg | Sodium: 829mg | Potassium: 613mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 960IU | Vitamin C: 39mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 3.3mg