Easy Ropa Vieja Stew
Total TimePrep: 25 min. Cook: 6 hours
(first, I'm annoyed that someone would base their stars on the number of ingredients, it's also silly to say that chopping veggies into big chunks is super time consuming) This was one of the VERY BEST recipes I've ever made. Everyone in the family loved it, and I will definitely make it again and again. I modified to use an off-brand pressure cooker and it went GREAT. Here are my notes: I was worried about adding too many peppers, but they weren't an issue, and ultimately the recipe wasn't too hot. I used our garden-grown habaneros, serranos, and jalapenos. I used Better than Bouillon chicken because I didn't have beef bouillon and it was fine. I cut out the water because the cans of diced tomatoes were quite juicy, and I used a little garlic powder in addition to fewer garlic cloves (I was short). I left out the olives because they often have such a strong, funky taste. I browned the meat with olive oil in the pressure cooker using one of the settings (I'm totally not a pressure cooker pro) called brown rice. Then I threw all of the other ingredients on top of the meat, mixed it up a bit and put the lid on the pot. I then set it to cook for 30 minutes. When done I let it do the natural release for several minutes until I couldn't stand it anymore and quick released the rest. The chuck roast was tender, but I would probably use a better cut next time (we got a piece that was bigtime on sale). The flavor was amazing, and we served it over rice. I'm not exaggerating when I say we're glad there are some leftovers for today. The saucy stuff is so good it doesn't really need the meat, either, and we are a carnivorous group, so that says a lot. Big time 5 stars from this family.
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This smelled amazing while cooking. I wish I could have added the habanero, but couldn't because of a child. I did add the jalape?os and it wasn't very spicy at all. The kid even liked it and I didn't have to fight with him to eat. Would definitely make this again. However, this was way more time consuming than 25 minutes, unless you have a food processor. But, I wouldn't say it was difficult by any means.
16 ingredients in a recipe labeled "easy"? Really?
I'm a bit surprised that most reviews were 5 star. For me, it was somewhere between fair and good. I don't dislike this recipe but I would not make it again.
I left out the jalapenos and habanero, as we have little kids. I also left out the olives because we don't like them. Even without those, this recipe was excellent! I paired it with some cilantro lime rice and black beans. My husband grew up eating Mexican food, as his dad was born in Mexico. He (my husband) said that this tasted like something from a Mexican restaurant. He couldn't stop eating it!
With my crew, will need to use 2 habaneros and keep the same # jalapenos. Will use the rice too. We like hot especially on a cold winter night. We are not Mexican, but our priest is and so is his helper. My husband and the priest can eat habaneros like apples....they love this stuff.
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We adjusted the heat on this recipe, used one whole habanero, 2 green chiles, and 2 jalapenos. Would suggest NOT adding the water to the crock pot to make a bit thicker. Needs a little bit of salt added. Will tweak the recipe to suit my individual tastes. Also used 3 lb chuck roast!