Ropa Vieja (Shredded Beef) Sliders

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It’s almost time for the Big Game, you guys! I don’t know about you, but football season equals delicious, party friendly food in my book!  The key to enjoying yourself during a hectic party is by using canned pantry staples with fresh ingredients to create a delicious game day recipe that is easy to put together and super delish!

Available at your local Walmart, Hunt’s tomato paste is a key ingredient for my Ropa Vieja sliders.  This pantry staple adds a velvety texture to the saucy shredded beef, and then we pile it onto some fresh slider rolls for the perfect hand-held football food!

Ropa Vieja (Shredded Beef) Sliders | Delish D'Lites

If you’ve never had it before, Ropa Vieja (Spanish for old clothes) is a Cuban dish that consists of shredded beef cooked in a tomato based sauce.  The shredded beef resembles shredded, tattered clothes, hence the funny name.   Traditionally, it’s served with white rice, but we’re putting a twist on this classic dish by making it football friendly.

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Now, if you’re a follower of this blog, you know I’m a Latina that loves her sofritoSofrito is an herbaceous paste made from peppers, onions, garlic and more; it’s a basic seasoning staple for Caribbean cooking.  When I was growing up, my mom always had a big jar of it in the fridge, and another in the freezer.  I’ve never been a fan of storing sofrito in large jars in the freezer, because it would take forever to defrost when I needed it.

Ropa Vieja (Shredded Beef) Sliders | Delish D'Lites

With this awesome hack using Pam cooking spray, I can dose out my sofrito whenever I need it, no defrosting required.  Just spray your ice cube tray with Pam cooking spray, and freeze your sofrito into cubes.  They’ll be ready when you are!

ingredients

3 pound flank steak or rump roast
2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
Adobo seasoning
1 15 oz can low sodium beef broth
1 1/2 packets Sazon seasoning
2 dried bay leaves
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 chicken bouillon cube
4 tablespoons sofrito, divded in half
2 bell peppers, sliced into strips
1 small onion, sliced into half moons
1 heaping tablespoon Hunt’s tomato paste
1/4 cup red wine
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
Salt and pepper, to taste
Avocado or guacamole, for serving
Slider rolls, for serving

directions

Season the beef with Adobo seasoning, to taste.  Heat 1 tablespoon of canola oil in a frying pan, then sear each side of the beef, until it’s brown and crusty on all sides.

Place the beef into a slow cooker, along with the beef broth, 1 packet of sazon, bay leaves, Italian seasoning, chicken bouillon, and 2 tablespoons of sofrito.

Cook the beef on low for 8 hours, until the beef is tender.  Shred the beef with 2 forks, and reserve 3 cups of the cooking liquid.

Ropa Vieja (Shredded Beef) Sliders | Delish D'Lites

In a saute pan, add 1 tablespoon of canola oil, then toss in the sliced peppers, onions, and 2 tablespoons of sofrito.  Season with salt and pepper, then add the Hunt’s tomato paste.

Ropa Vieja (Shredded Beef) Sliders | Delish D'Lites

Add the reserved cooking liquid, 1/2 packet of Sazon seasoning and red wine, then simmer the sauce for 10 minutes, until it thickens up slightly.

Ropa Vieja (Shredded Beef) Sliders | Delish D'Lites

Add the beef into the sauce, stir to combine, and garnish with fresh cilantro.

Pile your slider rolls up with the ropa vieja, and garnish with avocado or guacamole.

Ropa Vieja (Shredded Beef) Sliders | Delish D'Lites

 Now, how easy was that? Hunt’s Tomato products are perfect for creating delicious meals.  By using these ConAgra products and other ingredients like fresh produce and bakery breads, game day can be simple and delicious!

Ropa Vieja (Shredded Beef) Sliders

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours 15 minutes
Total Time 8 hours 25 minutes
Author Delish D'Lites

Ingredients

  • 3 lb flank steak or rump roast
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • Adobo seasoning
  • 1 15 oz can low sodium beef broth
  • 1 1/2 packets Sazon seasoning
  • 2 dried bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 chicken bouillon cube
  • 2 tablespoons sofrito

Ropa Vieja Sauce

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 bell peppers sliced into strips
  • 1 small onion sliced into half rings
  • 2 tablespoons sofrito
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 heaping tablespoon Hunt's tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For Serving

  • Avocado or guacamole
  • Slider rolls

Instructions

To Cook the Beef

  1. Season the beef with Adobo seasoning, to taste.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon of canola oil in a frying pan, then sear each side of the beef, until it's brown and crusty on all sides, about 3-4 minutes per side.
  3. Place the beef into a slow cooker, along with the beef broth, 1 packet of sazon seasoning, bay leaves, Italian seasoning, chicken bouillon, and 2 tablespoons of sofrito.
  4. Cook the beef on low for 8 hours, until the beef is tender.
  5. Shred the beef with 2 forks, and reserve 3 cups of the cooking liquid.

To Make the Ropa Vieja Sauce

  1. In a saute pan heated to medium heat, add 1 tablespoon of canola oil, then toss in the sliced peppers, onions, and 2 tablespoons of sofrito.
  2. Season the veggies with salt, pepper and garlic powder and cook for 2 minutes.
  3. Add the tomato paste, then cook for 1 minute.
  4. Add the reserved cooking liquid, 1/2 packet of Sazon seasoning and red wine, then simmer the sauce for 10 minutes, until it thickens up slightly.
  5. Add the beef into the sauce, stir to combine, and garnish with fresh cilantro.
  6. Pile your slider rolls up with the ropa vieja, and garnish with avocado or guacamole.

Ropa Vieja (Shredded Beef) Sliders

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I’m a Puerto Rican girl living in paradise (Florida), and the creative mind behind Delish D’Lites. I love sharing my family recipes and travel inspired cuisine! My favorite things include collecting passport stamps, twerking to Latin music, and kissing puppies. Follow along on social.