Closing Out The #PepperParty With Slow Cooker Ropa Vieja

Slow Cooker Ropa Vieja | Cooking In Stilettos

It’s hard to believe that this is the last day of the Pepper Party with Divemex.  All week long, I have enjoyed learning new recipes for one of my favorite ingredients – bell peppers.  I have to say – I’ve learned to think outside of the box when it comes to peppers and I’ll be a bit more adventurous in my cooking.  Have you seen the recipes all week – my heavens!

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Today’s prize is something that I’d adore – $200 worth of your favorite food magazines.  See – how many of them do you read on the regular…

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However – the party doesn’t end with this post but we have the “closing party” this evening with a PinChatLive!  The PinChatLive will kick off at 8pm EST and between 8 – 9 pm, you can win prizes including Divemex Pepper Corers and a subscription to Food Network Magazine (one of my personal faves).  You can visit this Pinterest Board and answer a question in the comment sections for a chance to win!



Check out the final recipes that some of my favorite bloggers brought to the Pepper Party

Roasted Bell Pepper Slow Cooker Soup by Cook the Story
Roasted Red Pepper Hummus Stuffed Peppers by What Jew Wanna Eat
Roasted Red Pepper Ravioli {with Bacon} by Chocolate & Carrots
Roasted Red Pepper Hummus by Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker
Texas Caviar by Juanita’s Cocina
Parmesan Soufflé with a Citrus Pepper Sauce by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Baked Rigatoni with Italian Sausage and Peppers by Mother Thyme
Mini Meatloaf Sandwiches with Roasted Peppers, Caramelized Onions and Mozzarella by Cravings of a Lunatic
Shrimp & Garlic Rice Stuffed Peppers by White Lights on Wednesday
Canned Roasted Red Peppers by Jane’s Adventures in Dinner
Sauteed Bell Pepper Coconut Curry Soup with Coconut Crusted Tilapia by Food Snob 2.0
Steak Fajita Bell Pepper Boats from It’s Yummi!
Balsamic Chicken & Pepper Sandwiches by Mom’s Test Kitchen
Kielbasa with Peppers and Onions by {i love} my disorganized life
Bacon Chili with Peppers by poet in the pantry
Red Pepper Sriracha Quiona Cakes by Quarter Life (Crisis) Cuisine
Peppers Stuffed with Everything Good by Healthy. Delicious.
Bell Pepper Slaw by The Redhead Baker
Crockpot Honey Soy Chicken and Peppers by Take A Bite Out of Boca

Ropa Vieja is one of my favorite dishes that I order whenever I’m in Florida.  It’s one of those dishes that is simple yet full of complex flavors and when you prepare it in the slow cooker, it couldn’t be simpler.  I loved using multicolored peppers and, to add a bit of spice, I added a poblano and a chipotle pepper to the mix.  The main key – sear the meat before it goes into the slow cooker and it adds some serious flavor.  You can add it to the slow cooker in the morning and, when you get home from the 9to9, it’s done and ready  – all you need to do is make some rice to serve with.

When you want a really good Ropa Vieja, give this recipe a whirl.  And, if you have leftovers, you can always make a killer quesadilla, a fantastic taco or even your own version of a Pulled Ropa Vieja Torta.

On to the recipe:


Gather your ingredients

Slow Cooker Ropa Vieja - Ingredients | Cooking In Stilettos

Getting the perfect sear

Slow Cooker Ropa Vieja - The Perfect Sear | Cooking In Stilettos

Look at the colors of the peppers – so vibrant

Slow Cooker Ropa Vieja - Peppers | Cooking In Stilettos

Now this – this is comfort food!

Slow Cooker Ropa Vieja
  • 2 pounds beef chuck roast
  • 1 15-ounce can of crushed fire roasted tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons of tomato paste
  • 3 tablespoons of red wine vinegar
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cumin
  • 3 - 4 bell peppers (I used yellow and red), sliced thickly
  • 1 large onion, sliced thinly
  • 1 poblano pepper, diced (seeds and ribs removed)
  • 1 chipotle pepper, diced (seeds and ribs removed)
  • Kosher salt & freshly ground pepper
  1. Season the beef with a bit of kosher salt and ground pepper.
  2. In a heavy bottom pan (or slow cooker insert if it's stovetop safe), add 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Let heat over medium high heat and sear the beef.
  3. Sear on all sides, until it is nice and browned.
  4. Add to the bottom of the slow cooker.
  5. Tumble the peppers (bell peppers, poblano, and chipotle peppers), minced garlic and onions in the slow cooker.
  6. Add the crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, red wine vinegar and cumin.
  7. Stir to combine, set on high for 8 hours and let cook.
  8. At the end of 8 hours, remove the beef and shred with forks.
  9. Serve with the peppers and onions over cooked rice and enjoy!
Adapted from Food Network Magazine

About Divemex: The growers of Divemex specialize in greenhouse grown peppers in state of the art facilities that facilitate the production of the highest quality peppers in some of the safest facilities anywhere. But most importantly, as a Fair Trade Certified company, they have an unwavering commitment to social responsibility that puts workers first. Now – isn’t that a company you can get behind? Love them on Facebook here

Ok – so now here is the fun stuff – want to win $200 worth of the best Food Mags around? See that lovely Rafflecopter – well you have to enter to win so what’s stopping you? Good luck and I’ll see you at the PinChatLive!

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