Ever since I learned how to use my Instant Pot properly I have found myself avoiding my slow cooker. I sometimes find myself disappointed in how meat turns out in the slow cooker, often overcooked if you don’t really watch it. But alas! I found myself enjoying the flavors of this perfectly cooked Slow Cooker Ropa Vieja, a Cuban dish perfect for chilly fall nights!
I’m a huge fan of Cuban food and it’s one of my favorite reasons for visiting Miami. Cuba is a country that is on my list of places that I’d like to visit in 2020 so fingers crossed that it comes to fruition! Cuban cuisine features a lot of rice and beans and flavors of garlic, cumin, oregano, and cilantro. These Ropa Viejo bowls include a mix of all of these with black beans, rice, peppers, and garlic in one warming dish.
Here are just a few tips for using your slow cooker:
- NEVER put frozen food in your slow cooker! Using frozen foods can mean that it will take longer to cook and increases your chance of foodborne illness from undercooked food.
- AVOID opening the lid and stirring the ingredients. Every time the lid is opened it will take 20-30 minutes for the temperature to come back up to continue cooking properly.
- AVOID overcrowding! For best results only fill the slow cooker one half to two thirds full.
- TRIM the fat. To get the best sauce and gravy without all of the oil, trim off some of the fat from the meat and even remove chicken skin.
Pull out your slow cooker this week and try out this Slow Cooker Ropa Vieja! The flavors are amazing and its even better as leftovers!