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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7 Responses to “Way to nerd that up…”

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    Kristina — April 11, 2008 at 5:32 pm

    Oh, if only there were a Trader Joes here *le sigh*
    This post made me lol (literally) because my husband’s in the process of getting an Aeronautical Engineering degree 🙂

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    CB — April 11, 2008 at 6:42 pm

    OMG! thats freaking hilarious! Must show my other nerd friends…

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    Erin — April 11, 2008 at 7:38 pm

    Definitely showing “nerd” boyfriend this. He’ll probably run right over to Trader Joe’s after work. Great catch!

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    Sheltie Girl — April 13, 2008 at 1:53 pm

    This is too funny! I haven’t been to TJ’s in a while so I’ve missed the Avocado’s Magic Number. Great find and thanks for sharing!

    Sheltie Girl @ Gluten A Go Go

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    Lemon Tartlet — April 17, 2008 at 4:11 pm

    That is so cute! No fair there’s no TJ here!

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    gaga — April 17, 2008 at 7:38 pm

    Haha, that IS pretty darn nerdy. What a great find!

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    Yankee1969 — June 30, 2008 at 1:31 am

    My non-nerd g/f sent this to me to see if I’d understand the reference. I’m an EE, so I started laughing as soon as I saw the picture. 🙂 Luckily, I’m used to her odd looks when I start chuckling over something geeky like that. 🙂

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