Ropa vieja is a traditional Cuban dish, usually made with flank steak, but I only had pot roast. It is cooked until very tender and it shreds, which is why it is called ropa vieja. Ropa vieja translates to ragged clothes or old clothes. It's very yummy, can be served over rice or even used as a filling.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
10 hrs
total:
10 hrs 15 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ropa Vieja:
Arepas:

Directions

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  • Drizzle chuck roast with olive oil and rub adobo on top.

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  • Pour beef broth into a slow cooker; add recaito, sofrito, and sazon. Add the chuck roast, onion, olives, and garlic. Cook on Low for 8 hours. Add diced tomatoes and carrots. Continue cooking until flavors blend, about 2 hours more.

  • Bring milk to a simmer in a small saucepan. Remove from heat and stir in butter.

  • Combine arepa flour, salt, and black pepper in a large bowl. Add the hot milk and honey and stir until combined. Let mixture stand until milk is absorbed enough for a soft dough to form, 1 to 2 minutes. Form dough into 12 balls about 2 inches in diameter; flatten between palms into 3 1/2- to 4-inch patties about 1/3-inch thick.

  • Heat vegetable oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Fry 4 arepas at a time until lightly golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.

Cook's Notes:

Substitute beef round steak for the chuck roast, if desired.

You can also cook the ropa vieja on High for 6 hours.

Nutrition Facts

476 calories; protein 22.7g; carbohydrates 29g; fat 29g; cholesterol 86mg; sodium 1628.5mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
11/05/2018
I used chuck roast jarred recaito homemade sofrito I had handy and capers in place of olives. The capers gave that same vinegar/salt taste that olives do and I had them already because I use them in my family s Puerto Rican recipes often. Overall the flavor was great. I made 3 lbs of chuck roast and adjusted the seasonings and ingredients (other than the onion and diced tomatoes which I kept the same) to fit. The arepas were delicious! My 9 year old loved this recipe. Will definitely make again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/17/2018
This turned out really good. Note that the reciato is duplicated in the ingredient list. I used jarred but would like to make my own next time. Sofrito is easy to make but you can buy that jarred as well. The only thing I did a little differently was that after the roast was cooked I shredded it and crisped it up in a skillet. Just a personal preference is all. The green olives were a nice touch but I don't feel the carrots added anything. While the arepas are more than likely traditional they are a bit of a pain. Next time I'll save myself a step and just use tortilla's. Overall this is a good recipe with a lot of flavor and one I would make again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/05/2018
I used chuck roast jarred recaito homemade sofrito I had handy and capers in place of olives. The capers gave that same vinegar/salt taste that olives do and I had them already because I use them in my family s Puerto Rican recipes often. Overall the flavor was great. I made 3 lbs of chuck roast and adjusted the seasonings and ingredients (other than the onion and diced tomatoes which I kept the same) to fit. The arepas were delicious! My 9 year old loved this recipe. Will definitely make again. Read More
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