Ropa Vieja: Crockpot Recipe

During one of my many work trips to Puerto Rico, I had the pleasure of trying Ropa Vieja and fell in love.


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Ropa Vieja

This Latin creole comfort food is one of the most well-known dishes of the west indies.

It’s even known as the national dish of Cuba.

The word Ropa Vieja, translates to “old clothes”.

Although its not the most attractive name, it was named to describe the shreds of meat, peppers, and onions resembling a mess of colorful fabrics.

Serves 4-5


  • 1.5 lbs. of flank steak
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 six oz. can of tomato sauce
  • 8-10 oz. of mojo
  • ¾ large green bell pepper
  • 6 oz. of roasted red pepper (in a jar)


First you’ll need to season the meat with salt and pepper on both sides.

Place in slow cooker with tomato sauce.

Pour in the mojo sauce until it covers ½ of the meat.


Cook until meat can be easily pulled apart by two forks (about 5 hours).


Pull apart all of the meat and add sliced green peppers, sliced onion and sliced roasted red peppers.


Add salt and pepper to taste.

Serve over white rice with a side of black beans.

Buen provecho!

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