I should use my slow cooker more often. Not only does it save me loads of time, but it helps keep my house a lot cooler with all these crazy heat waves we keep having out here. There is nothing great about sweating in the kitchen…nothing…it kind of makes me upset…I hate to sweat!
So with that being said I want to share a very delicious and super duper easy recipe with you…its called Ropa Vieja (“Old Clothes”). Its a wonderful Cuban dish, not sure why its called “Old Clothes”, but if you Google it…I’m sure you’ll find a good explanation.
I make this at least once a week. We eat it with some rice and beans and a side of plantains…its soo yummy!
So bust out your slow cooker and give it a go. While its cookin’…make yourself a drink…then sit back and relax until dinner time.
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/2 table spoon of butter
2 pounds beef flank steak
Some Season Salt
1 cup beef broth
1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
1 small sweet onion, sliced
1 green bell pepper, seeded and sliced into strips
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
1 teaspoon ground cumin or salt and pepper ( I didn’t have any cumin)
1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley or cilantro
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon white vinegar
Heat vegetable oil and butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Season your flank steak with some season salt. Brown the flank steak on each side, about 4 minutes per side.
Transfer beef to a slow cooker. Pour in the beef broth and tomato sauce, then add the onion, bell pepper, garlic, tomato paste, spices, olive oil and vinegar. Stir until well blended.
Cover, and cook on High for 4 hours, or on Low for up to 10 hours. When ready to serve, shred meat and serve with rice and beans.