Ropa Vieja #SundaySupper

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Ropa Vieja

Father’s day is always a fun day to celebrate dad and how wonderful he is. Many people give dad gifts or cards… but in the Diva household, we make Ropa Vieja!

Oh yes my friends, this is man food.

Whenever I make this meal, the men in my life get excited and so, for this week’s #SundaySupper, I wanted to share my famous father-inspired Ropa Vieja – it’s simply delicious!

So what is Ropa Vieja? Mine is reminiscent of the Latin version of the dish because it’s beef that is stewed with onions, tomatoes, jalapenos and a little olive brine. The beef is then shredded and served over rice. Here’s the best part of this recipe: if you are like our family, we always do something fun on father’s day and cooking a nice meal becomes a stressful challenge. To solve this problem, I make this in the crockpot! That’s right – set it and forget it! When you get home, all you have to do is cook the rice, make a quick side salad and you are golden! Easy peasy!

Happy Father’s Day to all you dad’s out there! I hope your family is spoiling you rotten!

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Ropa Vieja


  • 1 (15 oz) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tbs. ketchup
  • 1 tbs. apple cider vinegar
  • 3 garlic cloves, diced
  • 2 tsp. cumin
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, thinly sliced (one with seeds the other without)
  • Sea salt
  • 1 1/2 pounds skirt or flank steak
  • 1 small yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons chopped green olives, plus 1 1/2 tbs. of brine from the jar
  • Cooked white rice


  1. Combine the tomatoes, ketchup, vinegar, garlic, cumin, jalapeno and a pinch of salt in a crockpot.
  2. Add the steak and onion and toss to coat.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 8 -10 hours.
  4. Uncover and skim off any excess fat.
  5. Shred the meat then stir in the olives and olive brine.
  6. Serve over rice.

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  1. I love carnitas. I love barbacoa. I have somehow never made ropa vieja! What am I missing out on?! This looks so good.

  2. My husband would gobble this up… if I shared it. lol Seriously, this looks amazing. I love the flavors you have used. Salty olive brine… great tip. Yum!

  3. Whoa, another terrific, slow cooked, shredded meat recipe that I MUST try!!! Time to buy another flank steak!

  4. This.Looks.FABulous! I can’t wait to try it. S would LOVE it!

  5. This definitely looks like man food to me!

  6. What a smart and sublime way to celebrate Father’s Day, Melanie. A slow cooker with lovely ropa vieja simmering away truly does allow more family time – which is what the day is about anyway, right? P.s. So intrigued by the green olive brine added to the meat. Bet it is delicioso!

  7. My dad came back from Cuba a few years ago RAVING about this stuff. I will have to try it out soon!

  8. I have a new found love for carnitas since I visited Old Town in San Diego, this looks so so good!!

  9. i can’t believe I have gone this long without ever having tried Ropa vieja. It’s on my list now.

  10. YUM–this sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipe and it is definitely man food.

  11. I must try this! I love ropa vieja, but it’s been years since I’ve had some!

  12. Ahhhh the flavors sound wonderful, and I love you did this in the crockpot! pinned!!

  13. That first photo about killed me, my mouth is seriously watering right now.

  14. Crock pots are the best! I finally got one a few months ago and I love it to pieces. And nothing says love ‘n comfort like delicious, melt in your mouth, flavourful braised meat. This looks amazing!

  15. A perfect meal to come home to!

  16. oh yes! this is SO man food right here!!! my husband would LOVE this!

  17. Ropa Vieja is one of our favorites! I’ve already printed your recipe and will be trying it this week. So great that it is done in the slow-cooker.

  18. I have never had this before! The color is gorgeous. I need to make it soon!

  19. This is a great tip especially to those fresh to the
    blogosphere. Simple but very accurate information… Thanks for sharing this
    one. A must read article!


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