I’m always up for a new fun challenge, so I joined a brand new one, hosted by Evelyne at CulturEatz called Eat the World. In this fun club, participants create a dish inspired by the selected country each month.
This month, the country was Cuba!
A couple years ago, I made a few Cuban dishes, Lechón Asado (Cuban-Style Roast Pork), Pan Cubano (Cuban Bread), and Cubano (Cuban Sandwich), so I wanted to try something new.
A quick search showed that Ropa Vieja is a very popular Cuban dish.
Though my family (except me) does not care overmuch for olives, I decided to give this a shot anyway.
Here’s the funny thing.
The first day, this dish was amazing – after picking out the olives, my family could not stop eating it. But it lost something the next day and just wasn’t quite as good. It was surprising, because many foods improve after sitting in the fridge overnight. Not this one. It wasn’t bad, but it certainly wasn’t as good as the first time around. I ended up adding cheese to the leftover and serving over chips like super nachos and it helped.
Check out all the wonderful Cuban dishes my fellow Eat the World blogger friends have prepared #eattheworld:
Wendy: Ropa Vieja in Slow Cooker
Camilla: Baked Picadillo Empanadas
Sarah: Slow Cooker Cuban Mojo Pork
Evelyne: Cuban Mojo Pork Chops and Yuca
Loreto and Nicoletta: Cuban Sandwich
Bernice: Huevos Habaneros - A Cuban Breakfast
Disclaimer: This post contains a recipe highlighting a different country or culture. While I strive for authenticity, I sometimes need to make adjustments to recipes due to ingredient availability.
Slow Cooker Cuban Ropa Vieja
Adapted slightly from TheCooking Jar
2 lb beef roast
1 onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minces
2 cups diced tomatoes
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 jalapeño pepper, diced
½ tsp dried oregano
½ tsp cumin
1 bay leaf
Salt & pepper
¼ cup green olives, sliced
1 teaspoon capers
Place the vegetables and spices in the slow cooker. Liberally seasons the roast with salt and pepper, place on top of the vegetables.
Cook on low for 8 hours.
Remove meat and shred. Remove bay leaf. Add shredded meat back into the slow cooker with the vegetables along with the olives and capers. Stir to mix
Serve over rice.
Slow Cooker Cuban Ropa Vieja
Slow Cooker Cuban Ropa Vieja #eattheworld
- 2 lbs beef roast
- 1 onion
- 1 clove garlic
- 2 cups tomatoes
- 1 red bell pepper
- 1 green bell pepper
- 1 jalapeno pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teasoon cumin
- 1 bay leaf
- 1/4 cup olives
- 1 teaspoon capers
Place the vegetables and spices in the slow cooker. Liberally seasons the roast with salt and pepper, place on top of the vegetables. Cook on low for 8 hours.Remove meat and shred. Remove bay leaf. Add shredded meat back into the slow cooker with the vegetables along with the olives and capers. Stir to mix Serve over rice.
DetailsPrep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 8 servines