Crockpot Ropa Vieja
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Ropa Vieja is a cuban dish that is so versatile ~ You can serve it over yellow rice, you can stuff it in Tacos or Burritos, or you can make sliders out of it. It is great to serve to a crowd, so it is great for football games, holiday, or just entertaining for a crowd!
Recipe type: Slow cooker/Main dish
Cuisine: Cuban
Serves: 8 servings
  • 2 lb. Pork Tenderloin OR 4-6 Boneless Chicken Breasts
  • 1 cup Mojo Sauce/Marinade (find it in ethnic or mexican food aisle of grocery store)
  • 1 cup Chicken Broth (add more if you would like more liquid)
  • 2 T. Minced Garlic (add more or less to taste)
  • 1 tsp. cumin (add more to taste)
  • 1 T Chili Powder (add more to taste)
  • 1 Vidalia Onion, chopped
  • 1 can Rotel tomatoes with green chilies
  • Optional Ingredients (If you like smokey flavor):
  • ½ tsp. Smoked Paprika
  • 1 or 2 smoked chipotle peppers, finely chopped (Found in the mexican food aisle in a can)
  1. NOTE: The ingredients list is for a milder version of this recipe. If you love spiciness, increase the garlic to 4 T.; cumin to 1 T; Chili powder to 2 T. I recommend playing with the ingredients based on your taste!
  2. Place chopped onions in bottom of crockpot; lay meat over the onions.
  3. Pour chicken broth and mojo sauce/marinade over meat.
  4. Add spices, can of Rotel, and any remaining ingredients.
  5. Cover and cook on high for four hours, or low for 8.
  6. When it is finished cooking, use two forks and gently shred the meat right in the crockpot and mix it well into the juices. (Learn from my mistake - use oven mitts when shredding - the steam is extremely hot!)
  7. Serve over yellow rice and sprinkle with cheddar cheese. Or serve it up as taco meat/burrito meat, or as sliders on mini rolls. I love to use green Tabasco sauce (it is milder) as a condiment with this.
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