Ropa Vieja (Cuban Beef)

I’ve been fortunate enough to travel to some great countries and eat some great food over the last few years. One of the top places I’ve been to is Cuba. Going to Cuba is like travelling back decades. The cars, the buildings even the food. But the classic, simple dishes they serve are incredible. And Ropa Vieja is one of the best.


  • 1kg piece of beef. I used a “housekeepers” cut.
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 sweet pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3-4 green chilies, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of cumin
  • 1 tablespoon of white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup chopped coriander


  1. Season the beef with salt and pepper. Cut 3 X’s into the beef and push the garlic cloves in.
  2. Sear the beef on a hot pan. This is really important. Searing the beef will lock in the flavours.
  3. Once seared put the beef and all other ingredients into the slow cooker for 7-8 hours on high.
  4. When the beef is done tear it apart with 2 forks. Serve with some white rice and black beans or kidney beans.

The simplicity of a slow cooker makes this dish so easy to do. There’s nothing overly fancy about it but serve it up with rice and beans and you’ve got yourself a Cuban masterpiece. Increíble.

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