Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Amy Stone
Hands-on Time
15 Mins
Total Time
8 Hours 30 Mins
Serves 6 (serving size: 1 cup steak mixture and 1/2 cup rice)

You'll be wowed by the way lean flank steak transforms into tender, succulent shreds as it slowly simmers in the aromatic sauce. Served over rice (preferably brown), this homey Cuban dish makes for an exceptionally hearty and wholesome weeknight meal.

How to Make It

Step 1

Coat a 6-quart slow cooker with cooking spray.

Step 2

Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Cut steak into quarters. Sprinkle steak evenly with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper; add steak to pan. Cook 4 minutes on each side or until browned. Transfer steak to slow cooker. Add remaining 1 teaspoon oil, onion, bell peppers, and garlic to pan; cook 3 minutes or until slightly softened, stirring occasionally. Stir in raisins; transfer onion mixture to slow cooker.

Step 3

Combine stock, tomato paste, cumin, oregano, tomatoes, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon black pepper in a medium bowl. Pour tomato mixture over steak and vegetables in slow cooker. Cover and cook on LOW for 8 hours and 15 minutes or until steak is very tender.

Step 4

Remove steak from cooker; shred using 2 forks. Stir steak, olives, and cilantro into sauce. Serve steak mixture over rice.

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews

Lacked Flavor

February 27, 2016
The recipe needed "special care." It lacked salt, so increased the amount of tomato paste, salt, oregano and raisins. Then, I added apple cider vinegar and red pepper flakes. Those were the missing components to a truly flavorful Ropa Vieja - you MUST tweak it!

November 15, 2016
how much apple cider vinegar would you recommend adding? did you just sprinkle red pepper flakes or approx tsp?tbsp? thanks so much!

Great Recipe

November 20, 2015
Really good!

Finally, a Slow-Cooker Win

October 02, 2017
 I was about ready to get rid of the slow-cooker (nearly new), then along came this delicious recipe. I mostly followed the recipe as written, increasing the veggies, herbs and salt as my flank steak was bigger than the amount given. I added a splash of wine as well. What I didn't do was cook it for 8 1/2 hours- it would have been shoe leather. 4 hours on low was enough- the meat was tender, still had some moisture, and shredded easily. The veggies were a bit overcooked, but weren't too mushy. The meal was quite delicious and filling. It has saved my slow-cooker from the donation box so I can make this again.

Wow Is Right

October 30, 2015
Tastes great. Use a good quality steak. Comes out so tender and delicious.


November 17, 2015
This was easy to make and delicious!  My husband and I loved it.

A Huge Success with a Little Variation

December 01, 2016
I'll admit I changed this a little but I NEVER have success with beef in a crock pot, which is totally disappointing because it seems everyone else in the world does, and finally, finally had a hit with this. My changes: marinated overnight in lime juice, olive oil, paprika cumin oregano garlic salt s&p. Did NOT pre-cook any of it. Cooked on high 31/2 hours, low last 1/2 hour ( I work long days and maybe that's why I haven't had success.. cooked too long. Husband got home early so this timing worked for us today). Fell apart. So tasty. Made rest of recipe as is. 

Ropa Vieja

January 08, 2017
I have to admit, I have never had this dish, but thought this recipe was wonderful . . . tender steak, lots of juice for the rice, and a bit of sweet with the raisins,  I agree with Yve that more raisins would have been an improvement, but besides that, I will continue to follow this recipe. 


January 25, 2017
Very disappointing.  Flank steak had no flavor and neither did the vegetables and broth.  I bought the flank steak at a very good store and cooked it 8 1/2 hours.  It shredded easily.  I'm always looking for great slow cooker recipes.  This isn't one of them.