There are numerous versions to this dish, mine has only a few ingredients and that is what I really love. Lots of flavor, very little effort. The key is the day before you know you are going to cook your Flank Steak, Season it! It will pay up with taste I promise you!
My other favorite ingredients are easily found on the Latin isle of your grocery store, Mojo Criollo, Sazon with Coriander and Annatto and Recaito (cilantro base). These ingredients will put the Latin flavor to your beef and every meal without the typical Mexican seasonings most people are used to.
The best way to eat this savory dish is with a side of rice and a side of black beans and plantains! I couldn't find any plantains at my store when I was about to make it (now there's a ton) but just the black beans and rice are heavenly.
Now if you are my husband, then you skip this and go straight for a bun and cheese! Hey, I won't argue, as long as it gets eaten I'm good...(he wouldn't be able to do this to my mom, though, lol )
Have a great weekend friends and remember everything tastes better with a Pinch of Love! and the hubs just added...and a bun!
Easy Slow Cooker Ropa Vieja
1 (1 1/2) Flank Steak
1-2 Cloves Garlic mashed
1 Large Onion, sliced
1 Orange Bell Pepper, diced*
1 Yellow Bell Pepper, diced*
1/2 Cup Goya Mojo Criollo
3/4 Cup Beef Stock
1 Flavor Packet Sazon Goya with Coriander and Annato (Achiote)
1 TBSP Goya Recaito (Cilantro Base)
1 TBSP Ketchup
Cooked white or dirty rice
Cooked Black Beans
* Red is ok too.
The day before you are going to cook your Ropa Vieja, season the flank steak by rubbing it with the mashed garlic cloves salt and pepper, put a zip lock bag in the refrigerator until the moment you are ready to cook it.
The next day, put your flank steak in the crock pot with sliced onions, orange bell pepper, yellow bell pepper, Mojo, stock, Sazon, Recaito and ketchup. Place lid and cook for 4 hours,
Once it's done, shred the beef using 2 forks and mix it up with the remaining of the cooking sauce. Garnish with some diced peppers and serve with a side of rice and beans. Or if you choose on a bun with cheese.
Prep Time: At last 3 hour seasoning Cook Time: 4 hours Serves 4
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