Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Crockpot Ropa Vieja - Latin Style Beef

Crockpot Ropa Vieja - Latin Style Beef

Crockpot Ropa Vieja - Latin Style Beef

A Latin-styled braised beef, ropa vieja literally translates to "old clothes" earning that name because the meat is so tender that it literally shreds into what might look like a pile of rags!

The original recipe for this is from the January 2009 Good Housekeeping magazine, and called for 3-1/2 pounds of flank steak. I had just under 2 pounds of some flat iron steaks in my freezer that I needed to use up, so I substituted those and adjusted some of the ingredients. Flat iron is a cut of chuck so I thought it might benefit from the slow cooking, and it certainly did.

Thanks to the jalapenos, there is a good healthy kick to this dish that sort of jolts awake the senses, but not so much that you can't taste the food through the burn. To me it's just right, but if you don't like spicy, you would want to omit those. The blend of veggies is perfect together and the meat is so tender and delicious - and the best part is that the slow cooker does all the work! Even hubs who is no veggie eater kept an open mind and ate this dish only leaving behind a few red peppers and jalapeno slices.

I served this dish with both flour and corn tortillas - I think I liked the flour tortillas best. Just warm in batches of 4 to 6 tortillas placed between 2 damp paper towels and microwaved for 30 to 45 seconds. Wrap in a towel to keep warm until time to serve.

Be warned - this is a sloppy dish. You might find yourself with drippings on your face, and running down your arm and have an uncontrollable desire to run your filled tortillas through the juices to sop up even more. My kinda sloppy.

For more of my favorite slow cooker recipes, visit my page on Pinterest!

If you make this or any of my recipes, I'd love to see your results! Just snap a photo and hashtag it #DeepSouthDish on social media or tag me @deepsouthdish on Instagram!


Recipe: Crockpot Ropa Vieja - Latin Style Beef

©From the Kitchen of Deep South Dish
Prep time: 10 min |Cook time: 9 hours | Yield: About 4 to 6 servings

  • 1/2 cup sliced pickled jalapeno
  • 1 large red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 large green bell pepper, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced thin
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon of oregano
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 to 3 pounds flank or flat iron steak
  • 1 (14.5) can of sliced stewed tomatoes
  • Corn or flour tortillas, warmed

Add the jalapeno, red and green bell pepper, garlic, onion, cumin, oregano, bay leaf and salt to slow cooker. Stir well. Lay the beef on top and pour tomatoes over; do not stir. Cook on low for 9 hours.

Remove meat and vegetables from slow cooker to a bowl using a slotted spoon, discarding the bay leaf. Remove and shred steak into thin strips, place back into the bowl with the vegetables. Skim off any fat from the remaining liquid in the slow cooker and stir the liquid from the slow cooker into the meat and veggie mixture. Spoon into individual serving bowls and serve with warmed tortillas, black beans and rice.

Source: http://deepsouthdish.com

Requires Adobe Reader - download it free!
©Deep South Dish

Adapted from a Good Housekeeping magazine recipe, January 2009

Are you on Facebook? If you haven't already, come and join the party! We have a lot of fun & there's always room for one more at the table.

Check These Recipes Out Too Y’all!

Crockpot Coca Cola Roast Beef
Crockpot Italian Roast Beef
Crockpot Beef Chili with Beans

Posted by on December 30, 2008
Thank you for supporting my work! Please note that Images and Full Post Content including Recipe ©Deep South Dish. Recipes are offered for your own personal use only and while pinning and sharing links is welcomed and encouraged, do not copy and paste post or recipe text to repost or republish to any social media (such as other Facebook pages, etc.), blogs, websites, forums, or any print medium, without explicit prior permission. Unauthorized use of content from ©Deep South Dish is a violation of both the federal Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and copyright law. All rights reserved.

Material Disclosure: Unless otherwise noted, you should assume that post links to the providers of goods and services mentioned, establish an affiliate relationship and/or other material connection and that I may be compensated when you purchase from a provider. You are never under any obligation to purchase anything when using my recipes and you should always perform due diligence before buying goods or services from anyone via the Internet or offline.

Bookmark and Share


  1. Oh Mary, that looks so good, I will have to try this one!

  2. Mmmmm, this looks good. This type of food is ome on mine and CD's favortie. It's a good change from all the Christmas food.

  3. Hi! Thanks for stopping by my blog. Just checking out yours and I think it's great! I love Ropa Vieja. I made it for my cooking group last winter. Yours looks great! I should have put jalapeno in mine!

  4. Hey Brandi!

    Rebel, I know! I was actually gonna do a stir fry, even took out some chicken, but then was flipping through my magazines and decided to do this instead.

    Then I saw on another blog that did feature a stir fry that a LOT of people were doing stir fry this week! I think after all the carby foods between Thanksgiving and Christmas, our bodies must be seriously craving some veggies of somethin'!! Ain't that funny??

    Did you see the note I left on your last blog post about featuring your greens on my blog? I couldn't figure out how to email you to ask so I hope that was okay! If not, please let me know.

  5. Hi Michele and thanks for swinging by my little corner of the world. I'm pretty new to the whole blog thing, and mostly just wanted a place to put up and share my recipes plus a few "thoughts" (and maybe a hissy fit or two LOL) on occasion.

    Oh and I love your blog - you're in my blog roll in fact! :)

    I loved the jalapeno in this dish - I like spicy and they really kicked it up a notch but it wasn't so hot that you couldn't taste the dish itself. The recipe is from Good Housekeeping Jan. '09 edition.

  6. I got my very first crock pot for Christmas and this was the very first meal I made with it. It was wonderful. Me and my family give this two thumbs up! I followed the recipe to the t. Next time I will use half the amount of jalapenos. Spicy, indeed! I can't wait to try out the rest of your recipes.

  7. Hi Chelsea! I'm so glad you enjoyed this dish. It's one of the older ones from even before this blog existed so I'd practically forgotten about it! Thanks for bringing it back up to my attention. I'm not a huge crockpot user, but there are a few recipes on here that are CP specific, or else CP is a variation of the original. Enjoy!


Thanks for taking the time to comment - I love hearing from readers and I read every single comment and try to respond to them right here on the site, so stop back by!

From time to time, anonymous restrictions and/or comment moderation may be activated due to comment spam. I also reserve the right to edit, delete or otherwise exercise total editorial discretion over any comments left on this blog. If your comment serves only to be snarky, mean-spirited or argumentative, it will be deleted. Please mind your manners.

Related Posts with Thumbnails