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Slow Cooker Ropa Vieja Cubana- Kubanisches Ropa Vieja

Posted on | May 23, 2013 | 4 Comments

The dish Ropa Vieja is a traditional dish  in the Canary and Caribbean islands. I have been to the Canary island of Lanzarote over a decade ago. Even though I recall the beauty of the island my memory unfortunately fades when it comes to the food. The Canarian Ropa Vieja differs from the Caribbean dish. Chickpeas and potatoes are added to the former. The Cuban Ropa Vieja is a national feature of Cuba. I don’t know or cannot recall how the other versions of this dish taste but I do love the Cuban one.

There seem to be several theories about how this dish got its name “Old Clothes”. My favourite one is the story of a poor man who did not have enough money to feed his family. He cut some of his clothes into strips and cooked them. The love for his family transformed the clothes into a delicious beef stew. (source) I love this story :-)   and I really love this dish. It’s incredibly tasty but unfortunately also requires quite a bit of work. I have made it twice by now but this time I made a slow cooker version. I’m happy I did because it makes this delicious dish a lot easier to prepare.

Slow Cooker Ropa Vieja Cubana


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 lb flank steak, cut against the grain into 2” strips
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 ½ tbsp salt
  • ½ cup chopped, fresh cilantro
  • 3-5 garlic cloves, grated
  • 12 oz / 340 g canned tomato paste
  • 3 bell peppers (some green and some red ones), finely diced
  • 1 large onion, finely diced
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • pepper, to taste


Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large frying pan. Fry half of the meat on high heat until browned from both sides. Repeat with the remaining meat in the remaining tablespoon of olive oil.

Add the meat to the slowcooker along with all the other ingredients. Mix the ingredients and cook on the low or hot setting until the meat can be pulled apart. I cooked it on hot for about 3 hours.

Take out the meat and pull it apart with two forks. Place the pulled beef back into the crockpot. Combine all ingredients and adjust seasoning.

Serve with rice or rice and beans as well as fried plantains.

Guten Appetit!

Recipe adapted from Taste of Cuba and Ancestral Chef

Kubanisches Ropa Vieja


  • 2 EL Olivenöl
  • 1350 g Rindfleisch, in 5 cm dicke Streifen gegen die Faser geschnitten ( ich habe “flank steaks” verwendet. Den deutschen Namen kenne ich leider nicht, aber es sind sehr dünne Steaks.)
  • ¼ cup Olivenöl
  • 1 EL Weißweinessig
  • 1 ½ EL Salz
  • ½ Tasse (120 ml) gehacktes, frisches Korianderkraut
  • 3-5 Knoblauchzehen, zerrieben
  • 170 g Tomatenpaste (aus der Dose)
  • 3 Paprikaschoten (grüne und rote), in kleine Würfel
  • 1 große Zwiebel, klein geschnitten
  • 1 EL Oregano
  • 1 EL Kreuzkümmel
  • Pfeffer, nach Geschmack


Einen Eßlöffel Olivenöl in einer großen Pfanne erhitzen. Die Hälfte des Fleisches in der Pfanne von beiden Seiten scharf anbraten. Das restliche Fleisch mit einem weiteren Eßlöffel Olivenöl ebenfalls scharf anbraten.

Das Fleisch zusammen mit den restlichen Zutaten in den Schongarer/Slowcooker geben. Alle Zutaten vermischen und alles auf niedriger oder hoher Stufe garen lassen bis das Fleisch leicht auseinander zu zupfen ist. Ich habe das Fleisch auf hoher Temperatur für ca. 3 Stunden im Schongarer köcheln lassen.

Das Fleisch aus dem Schongarer nehmen und mit zwei Gabeln “zerzupfen”. Das Fleisch dann mit den restlichen Zutaten vermengen und abschmecken.

Mit Reis oder Reis und Bohnen sowie gebraten Kochbananen (Plantains) servieren.

Guten Appetit!

Rezept leicht adaptiert von Taste of Cuba und Ancestral Chef


4 Responses to “Slow Cooker Ropa Vieja Cubana- Kubanisches Ropa Vieja”

  1. Louise @
    May 23rd, 2013 @ 12:14

    Thanks for linking to my recipe – the modifications look great and the photos look amazing too!

  2. BalticMaid
    May 29th, 2013 @ 18:01

    @ Louise: Thank you for this wonderful recipe!

  3. Emma
    May 31st, 2013 @ 11:11

    Yummy! Ive never been to cuba, but i think the dish captures what i imagine cuba would be like. Loved the story too.

  4. BalticMaid
    May 31st, 2013 @ 17:12

    @ Emma: :-)

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