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Instant Pot Ropa Vieja Recipe: A Classic Made Simple

Written by: Lucas Johnson

This Ropa Vieja recipe is my go-to comfort food. Tender flank steak, simmered with fragrant spices and veggies in my trusty Instant Pot. It's a hearty, flavorful dish that never fails to impress!

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Time for an adventure in my kitchen! I recently whipped up this Instant Pot Ropa Vieja. A classic Cuban dish, right from the comfort of your own home! Brimming with tender flank steak, vibrant bell peppers, and spices, it's comfort food at its finest. The magic? It's all done in the Instant Pot! This simple yet hearty dish is waiting for you to give it a go. Trust me, your taste buds will be doing a happy dance!

Ingredients for Delicious Ropa Vieja

  • Flank steak: Tender cut of beef that shreds beautifully after cooking, adding rich flavor and texture to the dish.
  • Onion: Adds a sweet and savory depth to the dish, enhancing the overall flavor profile of the ropa vieja.
  • Red bell pepper: Brings a pop of color and a subtle sweetness to the dish, complementing the savory flavors.
  • Green bell pepper: Adds freshness and a slightly bitter note to balance the sweetness of the red bell pepper.
  • Garlic: Infuses the dish with a robust and aromatic flavor, enhancing the overall taste of the ropa vieja.
  • Crushed tomatoes: Provides a rich and tangy base for the dish, adding depth and complexity to the sauce.
  • Beef broth: Enhances the beefy flavor of the dish, adding richness and depth to the sauce.
  • Cumin: Adds a warm and earthy flavor to the dish, complementing the beef and other spices.
  • Paprika: Provides a smoky and slightly sweet flavor, adding depth and complexity to the overall taste.
  • Oregano: Adds a hint of freshness and a subtle earthy flavor to the dish, enhancing the overall herbaceous profile.

Essential Tools for Making Instant Pot Ropa Vieja

  • Instant Pot: Essential for pressure cooking the flank steak quickly and efficiently.
  • Tongs: Needed for flipping and handling the flank steak during the searing process.

Instant Pot Ropa Vieja Recipe: A Classic Made Simple

This Instant Pot Ropa Vieja recipe simplifies the classic Cuban dish, making it quick and easy to prepare while retaining all the rich, savory flavors.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Main Course
Cuisine Cuban
Servings 6 servings
Calories 350 kcal


  • Instant Pot
  • Sauté Function
  • Forks


Main Ingredients

  • 2 lbs flank steak
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 14 oz crushed tomatoes 1 can
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • to taste Salt
  • to taste Pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil


  • Season the flank steak with salt, pepper, cumin, paprika, and oregano.
  • Set the Instant Pot to sauté mode and heat olive oil. Sear the steak on both sides until browned. Remove and set aside.
  • Add onions, bell peppers, and garlic to the pot. Sauté until softened.
  • Pour in crushed tomatoes and beef broth. Stir well.
  • Return the steak to the pot. Close the lid and set to high pressure for 30 minutes.
  • Once done, allow natural pressure release for 10 minutes, then quick release.
  • Shred the steak using two forks. Serve the Ropa Vieja hot over rice.


For an extra touch of authenticity, serve with black beans and fried plantains.


Calories: 350kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 30gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 90mgSodium: 600mgPotassium: 600mgFiber: 3gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 500IUVitamin C: 60mgCalcium: 80mgIron: 4mg
Keyword Beef, Instant Pot, Ropa Vieja
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Tips for Making Ropa Vieja Ahead of Time and Freezing

Make Ahead Instructions

  • Cook the ropa vieja as directed in the recipe.
  • Allow it to cool completely before storing in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Freezing Instructions

  • Once cooled, transfer the ropa vieja to a freezer-safe container or resealable bag.
  • Label with the date and store in the freezer for up to 3 months.
  • To reheat, thaw overnight in the refrigerator and warm on the stove or in the microwave.

Flank steak is the traditional cut of meat used in ropa vieja because it shreds beautifully and absorbs the flavors of the dish well.

Common Questions About This Instant Pot Ropa Vieja Recipe

Can I use a different cut of meat for this recipe?
Flank steak works best for this recipe, but you can also use chuck roast or brisket for a similar result.
How can I adjust the spice level of this dish?
To make it spicier, add some red pepper flakes or a diced jalapeño. For a milder version, reduce the amount of cumin and paprika.
Can I make this recipe ahead of time?
Yes, this dish actually tastes even better the next day as the flavors have more time to meld together.
Can I freeze the leftovers?
Absolutely! Store the leftovers in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months.
What can I serve with ropa vieja?
Ropa vieja is traditionally served over rice, but you can also enjoy it with plantains, black beans, or a side salad.

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