Natalie Morales' Slow-Cooker Ropa Vieja
Natalie Morales makes slow-cooker ropa vieja
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Ropa Vieja is really a classic Latin American dish. I love to cook Latin foods, because that’s what I grew up watching my mom and grandmother doing. It’s one of those dishes you just throw into one pot — it’s a one pot wonder! I wanted bring you ropa vieja because it’s something to me, that comes from the heart, and from my home. It’s a big part of who I am!


    • 1.5 pounds flank steak
    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
    • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • Sazon, to taste (spice blend found in Latin American section of grocery store)
    • Cumin, to taste
    • Oregano, to taste
    • 14-ounce can crushed tomato
    • 1 tablespoon vinegar
    • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
    • 1 cup beef stock
    • 1/2 bottle beer (pale ale)
    • Tabasco, optional
    • Cilantro and olives for serving, optional


Starting with the steak, put all the ingredients except the cilantro and olives (if using) in a slow-cooker. Cook on low for 8 hours. Once cooked, Pour contents into a different pot or serving dish and shred apart the meat. Serve topped with cilantro and olives, alongside beans, rice and tortillas. 

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