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Cuban Beef Stew (Ropa Vieja)

This amazingly delicious cuban beef stew called ropa vieja is perfect for the winter. It’s one of my favorites as it can be made in a slow cooker. This recipe is by no means authentic but it is just as delicious! It’s filled with yummy vegetables and served over white rice.

ropa vieja over rice on a blue plate

If you liked the slow cooker chicken stew I posted not too long ago then you’re definitely going to like this recipe as well.

I love getting out my slow cooker because it means I don’t have to constantly come into the kitchen to stir or check on whatever it is that I happen to be making.

With my slow cooker on I can sit down and relax until it’s done. It does all the work! I really need to start using my slow cooker more often.

How to Make Slow Cooker Cuban Beef Stew

So when you look at the recipe it may look like there are a lot of ingredients but I promise it’s an easy and simple recipe.

There’s a lot of chopping involved but it won’t take long. If you wanted you could always chop up your vegetables the night before. Sometimes I do this just to save me some time the next day.

First things first. Season the beef with salt and pepper then brown the beef in olive oil. This creates a better texture and flavor. Some people prefer to skip this part but I highly recommend you do it. Once beef is browned transfer to the slow cooker.


Next chop up your veggies including the carrots (not pictured) if you didn’t do it the night before and add them to slow cooker. Also add salt, black pepper, adobo, ground cumin, cayenne pepper, dried oregano, tomatoes, vinegar and water.

chopped vegetables

The ropa vieja will cook on low for about 8 hours. The meat should shred apart easily with two forks. You can go ahead and add cilantro and more salt if needed.

slow cooker cuban beef stew

Serve over white rice. The rice is good at soaking up all that delicious juice.

cuban beef stew

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Cuban Beef Stew

This delicious slow cooker cuban beef stew is known as ropa vieja and served over white rice.

Course Main Course
Cuisine latin american
Keyword cuban beef stew, ropa vieja, slow cooker ropa vieja
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 20 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 434 kcal
Author carissa


  • 2 1/2 lb chuck roast cut into smaller pieces
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 4 carrots sliced
  • 3 bell peppers cut into strips
  • 1 onion white and cut into thin slices
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 bunch cilantro chopped
  • 2 tsp salt
  • black pepper
  • 1 tsp adobo
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 tsp dried oregano
  • 28 oz can whole tomatoes
  • 3 tbs vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water


  1. heat oil in a cast iron skillet over medium heat.

  2. season roast well with salt and pepper. 

  3. brown the meat on all sides in the skillet.

  4. transfer meat to slow cooker.

  5. add the rest of the ingredients except for the cilantro.

  6. cook on low for 8 hours.

  7. shred the meat with 2 forks. add the cilantro and more salt if needed.

  8. Remove bay leaves before serving.

  9. serve over white rice.

Nutrition Facts
Cuban Beef Stew
Amount Per Serving
Calories 434 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Fat 25g38%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Cholesterol 130mg43%
Sodium 1294mg56%
Potassium 1178mg34%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 39g78%
Vitamin A 8957IU179%
Vitamin C 93mg113%
Calcium 101mg10%
Iron 6mg33%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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