Cuban Ropa Vieja Freezer Meal |

Cuban Ropa Vieja Freezer Meal

Yield: 8

Cuban Ropa Vieja Freezer Meal


  • 6 Strips of Low Sodium Turkey Bacon, chopped
  • 2 Sirloin Steaks (3/4 Lb. Each)
  • 1 Can (28 Oz.) No Salt Added Crushed Tomatoes
  • 2 Cups Low Sodium Beef Stock
  • 1 Can (6 oz) No Salt Added Tomato Paste
  • 5 Garlic Cloves, Minced
  • 1 Tbsp. Ground Cumin
  • 2 tsp Dried Thyme
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
  • 1 Medium Onion, diced
  • 1 Medium Red Pepper, cut into strips
  • 1 Medium Green Pepper, cut into Strips
  • 1/4 Cup Fresh Cilantro, chopped
  • 1 Package of Whole Grain Brown Rice, microwavable


  1. In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp, stirring occasionally. Remove with a tongs and place on paper towel to absorb excess fat.
  2. Sear the steak on both sides.
  3. In the same skillet, heat the bacon drippings over medium-high heat; brown the steak in batches. Transfer meat and bacon to a 5-6 quart slow cooker.
  4. In a large bowl, combine the tomatoes, beef stock, tomato paste, garlic, seasonings, and vegetables. Pour over the meat in the slow cooker.
  5. Cook, covered, on low for 7-9 hours or until meat is tender. Shred beef with two forks and continue to cook in the slow cooker for 15-30 minutes.
  6. When it's done cooking, feel free to pour into a tin foil pan. Then freeze until ready to eat.
  7. When ready to eat, thaw overnight in the fridge and bake in the oven at 350 F for about 20-30 until proper internal temperatures are reached.