Instant Pot Ropa Vieja Cuban Beef

Instant Pot Ropa Vieja Cuban Beef

This Instant Pot Ropa Vieja recipe is a rapid and easy version of the classic Cuban dish. Serve with rice and plantains for a tasty and authentic Cuban meal the whole family will love!

Suitable for gluten-free, low-carb, keto and Paleo diets. Post includes Weight Watchers points.

Ropa Vieja is one of those dishes that is preferably suited for the Instant Pot. Made to stretch leftover meat, the traditional cooking method involves stewing beef for hours in tomatoes and broth until it is fork-tender.

But with the Instant Pot making this delicious meal is no longer an all-day affair. Yeah, pressure-cooking gives you super tender and tasty beef in just a fraction of the traditional recipe’s time.

Instant Pot Ropa Vieja


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 pounds (900g) skirt steak cut into 2 pieces
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 onion thinly sliced
  • 2 red bell peppers reseeded and thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 ½ teaspoons paprika
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin


  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4 tablespoons white wine
  • 14 ounces (400g) tomato sauce
  • 1 ⅓ cups (320ml) beef broth
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ½ cup (90g) green olives cut in half
  • Squeeze of fresh lime juice
  • Salt and black pepper to taste


First Set the Instant Pot to sauté and add the oil. Brown the meat on both sides, then set aside. Sauté the onion and peppers for about five -5- minutes. Stir in the garlic, oregano, paprika, ground cumin, and bay leaf and switch off the heat.

Then Deg laze the bottom of the Instant Pot insert with the white wine, then stir in tomato sauce and beef broth before returning the beef to the pot.

Instant Pot Ropa Vieja (Cuban Beef)

After Seal and cook at high pressure for thirty-seven –37- minutes. When done, allow for a natural pressure release.

Remove the beef and shred with a fork before returning it to the Instant Pot and adding the olives and lime juice.

Finally, adjust seasonings as needed and serve.

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