Ropa Vieja (Beef Stew)

In Spanish, ropa vieja means “old clothes” 

This is one of our family’s favorite recipes. In Spanish, ropa vieja means “old clothes,” and it refers to the shredded meat in this recipe, that you could say resembles the look (but certainly not the taste) of old clothes. We like to serve this dish over cilantro lime rice, making for an especially fresh meal any time of the year.  


Serves 4 to 6 

  • 2 to 4 pounds of beef, chuck or arm roast
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons of fajita seasoning
  • 3 to 4 tsp. sunflower or vegetable oil 
  • 1 to 2 tbsp. cumin* 
  • 3 tomatoes, stewed*
  • 1 onion, finely chopped*
  • 1 green pepper, finely chopped*

*Substitute 2 cans of Mexican stewed tomatoes for these ingredients 


  • Coat roast evenly with fajita seasoning
  • Heat oil in an extra large skillet and add roast. Carefully brown on all sides
  • Once browned, place roast into a 3 to 5 quart slow cooker
  • Add stewed tomatoes, cumin, onion, and green peppers
  • Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours, until meat pulls apart easily with a fork. Shred all the meat and leave it in the juices.
  • Serve over rice