Cuban Ropa Vieja


This ropa vieja is great served on tortillas or over rice. Add sour cream, cheese, and fresh cilantro on the side.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
4 hrs
Total Time:
4 hrs 15 mins


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 2 pounds beef flank steak

  • 1 cup beef broth

  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce

  • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste

  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and sliced into strips

  • 1 small onion, sliced

  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh cilantro

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar


  1. Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add flank steak and cook until browned, about 4 minutes per side.

  2. Transfer steak to a slow cooker; pour in beef broth and tomato sauce. Add tomato paste, bell pepper, onion, garlic, cumin, cilantro, olive oil, and vinegar; stir until well blended. Cover and cook on on Low for up to 10 hours, or on High for 4 hours.

  3. Shred steak in the slow cooker with two forks.

    overhead angle looking down at a casserole dish of Cuban ropa vieja
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Nutrition Facts (per serving)

261 Calories
16g Fat
10g Carbs
21g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 261
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 20%
Saturated Fat 5g 27%
Cholesterol 48mg 16%
Sodium 599mg 26%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 4%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 21g
Vitamin C 26mg 130%
Calcium 31mg 2%
Iron 4mg 22%
Potassium 719mg 15%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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