Dirty Laundry for Dinner ? (Ropa Vieja recipe)

My hubby is half Cuban. I love when he cooks Cuban food for me. He always told me about Ropa Vieja because he loved it as a child and it means “Dirty Laundry” I found this recipe and wanted to give it a shot this week since it has bell peppers in it.

The outcome: it was very good. The meat was tender and flavorful. We served it with brown rice and tostones (fried plantains) but it would also make a great sandwich.


Ropa Vieja in a crockpot (from Allrecipes.com)*Note – based on the reviews of this recipe, I changed it around quite a bit – I’m posting what I did, click the link above to see original and reviews 2 pounds beef flank steak
6 cloves garlic
1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
1/4 cup cider vinegar
2 red bell peppers, cut into 1/2 inch strips
2 green bell peppers, cut into 1/2 inch strips
2 sweet onions, cut in wedges
1 tablespoon garlic powder
Salt and pepper to taste

Place meat into slow cooker with the garlic, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Stir the tomato paste into the vinegar until dissolved; pour into slow cooker. Add the chopped vegetables to crockpot.

Cover, and cook on Low until the beef is tender, 7 to 8 hours; then remove beef, and shred. Place meat back in crockpot.

Cook on High about 1 to 2 hours.

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5 Responses to “Braised Cabbage”

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    Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) — March 11, 2013 at 11:19 am

    Cabbage is everywhere for St. Patrick’s Day! I love boiled cabbage, though for years I avoided it. This looks like a way to really infuse some crazy flavor into it!

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    Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic — March 11, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    I love cabbage recipes. And anything with bacon is always a plus! Will be trying this soon.

    • beantownbaker — March 12th, 2013 @ 4:33 pm

      Bacon is always delicious.

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    Abbi — April 15, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    Made this for dinner tonight – it was wonderful! Thanks for the great recipe!!

    p.s. I am in Cincy too – happy to see you are back and settling in! Also, have you ever been to BonBonerie in Madisonville? I have been trying to “re-create” their opera cream cake for years – let me know if you ever do! 🙂

    • beantownbaker — April 18th, 2013 @ 11:27 am

      So glad you liked it!

      I haven’t been to BonBonerie yet. I will definitely have to check them out. I’ve also never made opera cream cake either…

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