Syn Free Cuban Beef (Ropa Vieja) | Slimming World

This Syn Free Cuban Beef (Ropa Vieja) is one of the best Slimming World dishes that you can cook in your slow cooker, or Instant Pot / Pressure King Pro!
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For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff in the blurb 👍

Syn Free Cuban Beef (Ropa Vieja), rather unsurprisingly is made with Beef! It’s known in Cuba as Ropa Vieja) AKA “old clothes”.

It’s one of those dishes that you just throw what you have in, and hope for the best.

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Only you don’t need to hope – because this Syn Free Cuban Beef (Ropa Vieja) is bloomin marvellous!

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It’s ridiculously easy to make. Seriously. It’s almost TOO easy (is that even possible?!).

Brown your meat, throw it in the slow cooker and away you go. BOOM, 8 hours later = the perfect Slimming World dinner.

You could enjoy this in tacos (using Weight Watchers wraps for your HEB!), have it with rice, Syn Free Rustic Potato Wedges, even Syn Free Savoury Rice!

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The Slow Cooker

We made this Syn Free Cuban Beef (Ropa Vieja) in the slow cooker. They’re great if you just want to throw everything in and have your dinner ready when you walk through the door.

You can pick up a slow cooker like this one from Amazon.

The Instant Pot

You could also make this in the Instant Pot.

What can we say about the Instant Pot?

It’s like a like a slow cooker/pressure cooker hybrid, and it’s probably one of our favourite, and most used kitchen gadgets.

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If you’ve never heard of it you really should go and check it out over on Amazon.

Imagine the best Slow Cooker in the world, then times that by a hundred. There’s not much that it can’t do!

Remember the pressure cookers of old that would splutter and rock, and make all sorts of scary noises? None of that with the Instant Pot.

It even keeps your food warm once it’s finished cooking! How good is that?

You can find our review of the Instant Pot here.

You can cook this Syn Free Cuban Beef (Ropa Vieja) in the Instant pot in about an hour, but we actually prefer to cook this particular dish in the slow cooker as some cuts of stewing steak can be a little stringy when cooked in the pressure cooker.

Syn Free Cuban Beef (Ropa Vieja)

Having said that, the pressure cooking function of the Instant Pot is a god send when you’re in a rush!

The Meat

We like to use ox cheeks for this Syn Free Cuban Beef (Ropa Vieja) recipe, but you can use any type of stewing steak.

You can find diced beef in the new Under 5% Taster Hamper from Protein Food Shop.

Their hampers are packed full of the BEST quality meat we’ve ever come across from an online butcher. The hamper is incredible value for money, working out FAR cheaper than the supermarket.

The diced steak is lovely, and lean, and all of their beef is sourced from British farms, giving the reassurance of meeting all the animal welfare trading standards regulations.

Perfect for this Syn Free Cuban Beef (Ropa Vieja) recipe or our Syn Free Caribbean Jerk Stew.

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We also have a few other exclusive hamper deals available, so it’s well worth checking them out.

Red Wine Stock Pots

Using these Red Wine Stock Pots will give you all the flavour of red wine but without the Syns.

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Tesco also make White Wine Stock Pots which are also Syn free! Tesco White Wine Stock Pots

You can pick them both up from Tesco for £1.25 for a pack of 4.

Frylight

Whenever we need to replace oil in cooking we use Frylight. Perfect for everyday frying and cooking, it delivers exactly one calorie per spray, which makes it Syn free!

We think the Avocado flavour is perfect for this Syn Free Cuban Beef (Ropa Vieja) recipe, but you can use whichever one you prefer.

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How do I make this Syn Free Cuban Beef (Ropa Vieja)?

For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff in the blurb 👍

Slow Cooker Method

Step 1

Season the meat well, then spray a frying pan with Frylight.

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Step 2

Heat the pan and brown the meat on both sides.

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Step 3

Add all the remaining ingredients to the slow cooker along with the browned meat.

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Step 4

Set the slow cooker to high and cook for 6 hours (or medium for 8 hours).

Step 5

Shred the meat with 2 forks (when cooked the meat should shred easily).

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Step 6

If the sauce is still a little thin remove the lid and allow to reduce slightly.

Step 7

Serve on a bed of rice, or with whatever you fancy.

Instant Pot Method

Step 1

Season the meat well, then spray the bowl of the Instant Pot with Frylight – place into Saute mode.

Step 2

Heat the pot and brown the meat on both sides.

 

Step 3

Add the remaining ingredients to the pot with the browned meat. Set the Instant Pot to Manual for 1 hour, then use Natural Pressure Release.

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Step 4

Shred the meat with 2 forks (when cooked the meat should shred easily).

Step 5

If the sauce is still a little thin remove the lid and set to sauté to reduce slightly.

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Step 6

Serve on a bed of rice, or with whatever you fancy.

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Can I freeze this Syn Free Cuban Beef (Ropa Vieja)?

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This recipe can be frozen, but please remember to do the following;
– Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough
– Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.
– Defrost thoroughly before reheating.

Make sure it’s piping hot before serving!

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Prep Time

Cooking Time

portion 10 minutes 6 hours

Calories

Weight Watchers

Slimming World 

417kcal 4

Smart Points (Flex)

Zero

Syns

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INGREDIENTS
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INSTRUCTIONS
In the Slow Cooker
  1. Season the meat well, then spray a frying pan with Frylight
  2. Heat the pan and brown the meat on both sides
  3. Add all the remaining ingredients to the slow cooker along with the browned meat
  4. Set the slow cooker to high and cook for 6 hours (or medium for 8 hours)
  5. Shred the meat with 2 forks (when cooked the meat should shred easily)
  6. If the sauce is still a little thin remove the lid and allow to reduce slightly
  7. Serve on a bed of rice, or with whatever you fancy
In the Instant Pot
  1. Season the meat well, then spray the bowl of the Instant Pot with Frylight - place into Saute mode.
  2. Heat the pot and brown the meat on both sides.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients to the pot with the browned meat. Set the Instant Pot to Manual for 1 hour, then use Natural Pressure Release.
  4. Shred the meat with 2 forks (when cooked the meat should shred easily).
  5. If the sauce is still a little thin remove the lid and set to sauté to reduce slightly.
  6. Serve on a bed of rice, or with whatever you fancy.

If you make this recipe, snap a pic and hashtag it #pinchofnom — We love to see your creations on InstagramFacebook, & Twitter!

RECIPE NOTES

This recipe can be frozen, but please remember to do the following;

- Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough

- Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.

- Defrost thoroughly before reheating (you can use the defrost setting on your microwave.)

- Make sure it is piping hot all the way through before serving.

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8 Comments
    1. Hi Linda
      This dish is best suited to slow cooking or Instant Pot. If you’d rather cook conventionally, it’s not really suitable for the hob. It’ll need to be done low and slow in the oven in a lidded casserole dish. You will have to keep an eye on it and be ready to add more stock before it gets too dry.

  1. Just trying this tonight. Was unsure on the red wine stock pot so just threw it in, hope that’s correct! Proof is in the pudding tho when I eat it tomorrow 🤞🏻

  2. Tried recipe today in my slow cooker only disappointment was I found that liquid was still very watery tried it with lid off as suggested but this didn’t do a lot any other sugesstions of how to thicken the sauce up I thought it was going to be a lovely sticky sauce.
    Thanks

    1. Hi Paula
      Once you’ve shredded the beef, the sauce will be absorbed a bit more. The best way to thicken the sauce is to persevere with the lid off to allow it to reduce. It will thicken up even more the longer you can leave it. Hope that helps.

  3. when using the instant pot recipe, at which point do you add all of the other ingredients. Does it all go in after Browning the meat?

    1. Hi Kerrie
      Yes, the other ingredients should go in at step 3, once you’ve browned the meat. I’ve now amended the recipe to make it clearer. Thanks for getting in touch.

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