Slow-Cooker Ropa Vieja
Some dishes need extensive adaptations to work in a slow cooker. This one is tailor-made for it.
Why This Recipe Works
For ropa vieja that’s easy to prepare but retains all the flavor of more time-consuming traditional recipes, we turned to the slow cooker. To avoid the common slow cooker pitfall of soupiness, we nixed the beef broth in favor of two other umami flavor boosters: soy sauce and tomato paste. We transitioned to the stovetop to make a sofrito in just 10 minutes, cooking down a mixture of onions and red bell peppers to drive off excess moisture. Added to the slow cooker, it provided the classic subtle sweetness to the finished stew.