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Slow Cooker Ropa Vieja

Ropa vieja, a traditional Cuban pulled beef recipe, is made in the slow cooker for convenience. 
Course Main, Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine Cuban
Keyword beef, slow cooker, tacos
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 15 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 351kcal
Author Liz Della Croce


  • 3 pound beef chuck roast
  • 1 red bell pepper seeded and thinly sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper seeded and thinly sliced
  • 1 medium onion thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 14 ounces crushed tomatoes
  • 1 lime juiced


  • Scatter the sliced peppers and onions all over the bottom of a slow cooker insert.
  • In a small bowl, mix together spices (cumin through cloves). Rub spice mixture evenly all over all sides of the chuck roast then place chuck roast on top of the sliced veggies in the slow cooker.
  • Add beef broth, crushed tomatoes and lime juice to the slow cooker and cover with lid. Heat on Low for 8 hours or High for 4 hours. Shred with a fork before serving with rice, in tortillas or on a salad. 


Serving: 4ounces | Calories: 351kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 117mg | Sodium: 1302mg | Potassium: 871mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 915IU | Vitamin C: 38.9mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 5.3mg