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Slow Cooker Chicken Ropa Vieja

Prep info
15 minutes prep + 4 hours cook
Prep time
Not set
Cook time
4 hours, 15 minutes
Time required
4 hours, 15 minutes
Oven preheat
Mains - Misc


  • 1.5 lb chicken (boneless, skinless - any meat)
  • 1 T minced garlic
  • 1/2 T oregano
  • 1 t cumin
  • 1/8 t red pepper flakes
  • 1 t freshly ground pepper
  • 1 t sea salt
  • 1 c sliced onion
  • 2 c sliced bell pepper
  • 400 g chopped tomato (1 can)
  • 3 T tomato paste


Trim the chicken pieces of excess fat. Place the chicken pieces in the bottom of a large oven-proof pot. Mince the garlic and add it to the pot. Sprinkle the oregano, cumin, red pepper flakes, and some freshly cracked pepper over the chicken.

Slice the onion, green bell pepper, and red bell pepper into strips. Place the onion and bell peppers on top of the chicken. Add the can of diced tomatoes (with juices) and tomato paste. The tomato paste can be added in dollops and will be stirred in after cooking.

Slow cook for four hours. After four hours, remove the lid and use tongs to stir the contents. Break the chicken into shreds as you stir. If the juices in the pot are too thin, allow the pot to simmer without the lid for about 15 minutes to reduce the liquid. Taste and season with salt as needed.

Serve the ropa in a bowl, over rice, or in a warm tortilla.


Notes from July(?) 2015: decent start, but needs more flavour.