This Whole30 Ropa Vieja (which literally translates to ‘old clothes’ in Spanish) is a super easy and delicious Cuban dish that is perfect for meal prep or a hearty weeknight dinner. Ropa Vieja is the dish I seek out in Cuban restaurants and the one I associate with my childhood visiting my grandparents in Miami.
No, I’m not Cuban, or Latino for that matter. I’m a Toronto-born, Russian Jew, but my grandparents made the eventual pilgrimage (read: retirement) to Miami after living in New York so I spent my summers eating at some top-notch Cuban joints.
My Ropa Vieja may not be 100% authentic or traditional, but it is easy, delicious and Whole30 and Paleo compliant. And, in my books, that’s all that matters! You can definitely stick to the traditional recipe if you want, which calls for golden raisins and capers. You’re the boss, applesauce.
Instant Pot Ropa Vieja
You can certainly make this Ropa Vieja in a Dutch Oven or slow cooker, but I really like to do it in the Instant Pot. The meat breaks down really quickly and becomes super juicy.
If you haven’t jumped on the Instant Pot bandwagon yet, feel free to read my Instant Pot Review here. I can summarize here by telling you that I love it and recommend buying one (Amazon seems to always be the cheapest option). The reason why I fell in love with it is the sautée function, which allows you to sear directly in the multi-cooker – something I can’t do with my slow cooker.
Oh, and if you’re on the meal-prepping kick, rest assured that the soft, shredded flank steak and sauce taste even better the next day! Try serving it with my Cilantro-Lime Cauli Rice &/or my Tostones.
I hope you enjoy this recipe! Let me know how it goes in the comments below!