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Ropa Vieja (Instant Pot and Slow Cooker)

Ropa Vieja

Ropa Vieja (Instant Pot and Slow Cooker)

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Servings 10


  • 1 3 - 3 ½ pound chuck roast
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 4 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 ½ teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 2 bay leaves

Add Later:

  • 3 bell peppers I use a combo of green, red and yellow, sliced
  • Green olives with pimentos garnish


Instant Pot:

  • Add all of the ingredients (except the ones listed under add later) to an Instant Pot.
  • Secure the lid, close the valve, and cook for 90 minutes at high pressure.
  • Naturally release pressure.
  • Shred the beef using two forks.
  • Press the sauté button, add the bell peppers and cook for 4-5 minutes, or until tender.
  • Stir in the green olives.

Slow Cooker:

  • Add all of the ingredients to a slow cooker.
  • Cook on low for 7-8 hours, or until the meat is tender.
  • Remove the lid and use two forks to shred the beef.
  • Stir in the bell peppers and cook on low for another hour.
  • Serve with green olives.


  • I suggest waiting to add the bell peppers until the end so they don't get too mushy and dissolve into the stew.
  • I also recommend using different colored bell peppers. Yellow and red bell peppers are sweeter than green and the sweetness complements the stew.
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