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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6 Responses to “Crab and Asparagus Gnocchi and Cheese”

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    Liz — February 17, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    guess what I’m making for dinner tomorrow nite?…yep this …it sounds good good …i’ll let ya know what the family thinks….

    • beantownbaker — February 18th, 2014 @ 9:26 pm

      I hope you guys enjoy it! Let me know how it goes.

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    Shannon — February 22, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    ooh, what a great twist on mac n cheese 🙂

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    AllAsparagus — February 24, 2014 at 9:51 am

    That looks spectacular. Anyone who finds ways o feature asparagus in new and interesting ways is awesome in my book!

    • beantownbaker — February 24th, 2014 @ 7:05 pm

      I love asparagus! My favorite way to cook it is to grill it. Thanks for tweeting about this recipe.

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    Nutmeg Nanny — March 5, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    I am loving this dish, so full of flavor! I can’t wait to taste it, I love asparagus!

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