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Ropa vieja in a red slow cooker dish

Cuban Shredded Beef (Ropa Vieja)

Slow cooker Cuban shredded beef – also known as ropa vieja – is an inexpensive, hearty dish that the whole family will love.

Course Main Course
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 10 minutes
Servings 8 to 10 servings
Calories 284 kcal
Author Snacking in Sneakers

Ingredients

  • 2 to 2.5 lb chuck roast
  • 1 small onion sliced
  • 1 bell pepper sliced
  • 4.5 oz can green chiles
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 8 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1/3 cup tomato paste (about half a can)
  • 15 oz can diced tomatoes (no added salt)
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Place everything in the crockpot. Cook on low for 7-9 hours.

  2. Shred meat with a fork and place back in the sauce. Let sit for about 15 minutes – then enjoy however you like!

Recipe Notes

Notes:

This is dairy-free and soy-free (great for MSPI moms). It is also paleo-friendly and Whole-30 friendly if served without the rice/beans. You can serve it instead with just fried or mashed plantains.

 

Nutrition analysis (approximate per serving):

284 calories, 18.5 g fat, 7.5 g sat fat, 0 g trans fat, 67 mg cholesterol, 456 mg sodium, 7.5 g carbohydrate, 1.5 g fiber, 4 g sugar, 21.5 g protein, Vitamin A: 7%, Vitamin C: 36%, Calcium: 5%, Iron: 17%