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 “Dirty Laundry for Dinner ? (Ropa Vieja recipe)”

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    Robyn — June 29, 2008 at 2:56 pm

    I came here to read your Daring Bakers post, but was interested in this recipe. It sounds great and I have some plantains to use up, so I might try to make this soon!

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    Stephanie — July 1, 2008 at 10:00 pm

    I MUST try this recipe! I have always been afraid of trying to make ropa vieja…I’m afraid it won’t taste as good as the stuff from back home.

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    Jen — July 8, 2008 at 3:31 pm

    Steph – you should try it and let me know how authentic it tastes.

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    laptops — January 4, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    sounds great and I have some plantains to use up.

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    canciones nuevas — April 15, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    That sounds so delicious.

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