Recipe & Video: Slow-Cooker Spanish Beef


Slow-Cooker Spanish Beef is a great one-pot dinner full of warm savory flavors, tender chunks of beef, and a thick vegetable and tomato sauce. The signature warm and slightly smoky flavor comes from the adobo seasoning, which you can easily find at your local grocery store in the spices section.

Traditionally known as Ropa Vieja, Slow-Cooker Spanish Beef is a tender beef recipe slow cooked in in a savory tomato sauce packed with spice. Ropa Vieja means, “old clothes,” in Spanish, and as old clothes tend to be shredded, so is the beef. All you need is 10-15 minutes to prep the slow cooker, then you just set it and go about your day. The long, slow braise tenderizes the meat and allows the wonderful flavors to soak in.

What To Serve With Slow-Cooker Spanish Beef

While the recipe calls for brown rice, you could easily substitute the rice for another whole grain like quinoa or whole wheat penne noodles. You could forget the grains and opt for canned black beans, or a simple green salad with dressing.

Let’s Talk Beef

While there are a variety of beef cuts that work well in the slow cooker, be sure to look for a cut that has, “loin,” or, “round,” in the name. These cuts are lower in saturated fat content and will still give you the tender eating experience provided by hours of cooking on low.

Slow-Cooker Spanish Beef

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Servings: 8


1 beef eye of round roast [about 2 pounds]
1 yellow onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, sliced
1 green bell pepper, sliced
1 cup baby carrots
5 cloves garlic, minced
28 ounce can no-salt-added crushed tomatoes
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon adobo seasoning
1 bay leaf
1 cup green olives pitted, sliced
4 cups cooked brown rice


Place roast into slow cooker. Add onion, green pepper, red pepper, carrots, garlic, crushed tomatoes, cumin, oregano, adobo seasoning and bay leaf. Stir to combine. Cover and cook on low for 7 to 8 hours. Remove beef from slow cooker. Shred with two forks. Add back to slow cooker and stir to combine. Serve with olives over ½ cup rice.

Nutrition Information Per Serving: 368 Calories; 14 grams fat; 4 grams saturated fat; 77 mg cholesterol; 434 mg sodium; 34 g carbohydrates; 5 grams fiber; 29 grams protein

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