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Ropa Vieja literally means “old clothes” in Spanish, and though, as the name implies, it may not be the most elegant-looking dish in the world, but it has a nice splash of color and is chock full of great, savory Latin American flavor. And this version for the slow cooker makes putting it together super-easy and leaves the meat as tender as ever.
Some days, you just want a nice escape. And though I enjoy my escapists shows and love reading a good book, now and then, eating the right sort of meal can be a nice adventure to another world, too. I broke out my Crock-Pot yesterday morning to put this Slow Cooker Ropa Vieja together, and by the evening, I was enjoying a delicious stew and imagining myself in some humble but bustling cafe in Puerto Rico. Latin America does know how to do comfort food.
Recipe courtesy of Food & Wine.
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Quick tip: Add more jalapenos if you like your food hot and spicy!