Instant Pot Ropa Vieja

Shredded chuck roast in tomato sauce with vegetables

This Instant Pot Ropa Vieja is a Cuban recipe of beef and colorful vegetables.

It's one of the pressure cooker recipes that can be made in a crock pot as well.

Shredded chuck roast in tomato sauce with vegetables

Originally it's a slow cooker recipe that takes 4-5 hours, but using the Instant Pot you can have it in less than 2 hours.

So if you have a special dinner - The national dish of Cuba is a great option :]

Ropa Vieja Recipe Video

Why is it called Ropa Vieja?

Ropa Vieja is also widely known as Cuban Beef. The word is originated in Spanish which means "old clothes". The dish has its story belonging to an old poor man who did not have the means to buy food for his family and torn his own clothes into pieces to cook and serve to his ménage.

The national dish of Cuba overflows with flavor with the compelled cooked meat, peppers, and seasoning!

Which cut of beef to use?

For this Instant Pot ropa vieja recipe, I used chuck roast. It works great with sirloin tip roast as well.

Can I add bell peppers?

Yes, you can.

After the cooking is done, open the lid and instead of taking out the beef, add 3 sliced bell peppers and saute for 5 minutes.

Then you can serve it over mashed potatoes:

Instant Pot Ropa Vieja

What to serve it with?

I served it over mashed potatoes as you can see in the pictures. Here are some more options for side dishes:

Instant Pot Cauliflower Mash

Instant Pot Mexican Rice

Instant Pot Fried Rice

Instant Pot Farro

Instant Pot Vegetarian Chili

Can I use the slow cooking function?

Sure. If you really want to it the old fashioned way, you can use the Instant Pot slow cooker setting.

This table may help you:

Cooking method
Cooking time
Pressure cooking 90 minutes + 5 minutes
Slow cooking (set to “High”) 4 hours (240 minutes)
Slow cooking (set to “Normal”) 8 hours (480 minutes)

How to make Ropa Vieja

Here's a step by step guide of how to make this recipe using the pressure cooking function.

Gather the ingredients.

Instant Pot Ropa ViejaAdd all the magical ingredients.

1 lb Chuck Roast

Instant Pot Ropa Vieja1 tomato diced

Instant Pot Ropa Vieja1 sliced onion

Instant Pot Ropa Vieja½ teaspoon Black Pepper

Instant Pot Ropa ViejaSet the instant pot to “Manual” at high pressure for 90 minutes. Then wait for the pressure to be released naturally.

Add the veggies, Sauté for 5 minutes and mix well.

Instant Pot Ropa ViejaDish out the beef.

Instant Pot Ropa Vieja

Voila! That's how the magic trick is done and you can enjoy a delicious dish.

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Shredded chuck roast in tomato sauce with vegetables

Instant Pot Ropa Vieja

A traditional Cuban Ropa Vieja thatis positively packed with flavorsome spices! 
5 from 9 votes
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Course: dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beef chuck roast, Ropa Vieja
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings: 3
Author: Corrie


  • 1 lb chuck roast
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 4 teaspoon garlic minced
  • 2 ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 can tomatoes diced


  • Add all ingredients to the Instant Pot.
  • Close the lid and cook on high pressure for 90 minutes.
  • When cooking time ends, wait for a natural pressure release.
  • Once done, open the lid and shred the beef.
  • Serve and enjoy 🙂


Calories: 307kcal Carbohydrates: 7g Protein: 30g Fat: 18g Saturated Fat: 8g Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g Monounsaturated Fat: 9g Trans Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 104mg Sodium: 1679mg Potassium: 653mg Fiber: 2g Sugar: 2g Vitamin A: 727IU Vitamin C: 4mg Calcium: 86mg Iron: 5mg


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4 thoughts on “Instant Pot Ropa Vieja

  1. Is there an easy way to convert an instant pot recipe for a crockpot? Is just cook time (I can use trial and error for that).

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