Slow Cooker Cuban Shredded Beef (Ropa Vieja)

Slow Cooker Cuban Shredded Beef (Ropa Vieja)

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Ingredients

  • 2 pounds brisket or chuck steak
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 2 bell peppers, any color, seeded and sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (14-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup beef or chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Chopped fresh cilantro, for serving

Directions

Season meat generously with salt and pepper (see note).

Add onions, peppers, garlic, tomatoes, stock, tomato paste, cumin, oregano and bay leaves to slow cooker; stir well. Nestle beef in sauce, cover and cook on Low for about 8 hours.

Shred beef using two forks; stir in cilantro.

Special notes:

For even more flavor, heat 1 tablespoon high-heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Sear beef until well browned, about 4 minutes per side, then continue with the recipe.

This recipe is sized for either a 4- or 6-quart slow cooker.