Instant Pot Ropa Vieja – Keto and Low Carb

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Ropa Vieja is a classic Cuban dish that is hearty and full of flavor!

Instant Pot Ropa Vieja - Keto and Low Carb

Beef braised in tomatoes, peppers, onions and a wonderful mix of spices pressure cooked in my Instant Pot.  What would typically take 8 hours in a slow cooker to tenderize the roast, only takes 90 minutes, but tastes like it’s been slowly braising all day long!

Instant Pot Ropa Vieja - Keto and Low Carb

I made this using a chuck roast, but typically Ropa Vieja is most often made with flank steak.  I prefer the texture of chuck roast, which is why I choose to use it.  This is by no means the “official” Cuban version, it’s simply the version that I love to make.  Feel free to use flank steak or tweak the flavors as you wish!

Ingredients

4 pound beef chuck roast

1 red bell pepper, sliced into thin strips

1/2 onion, diced

3 cloves garlic, minced

15 ounce can diced tomatoes (lowest carb), with the liquid

2 teaspoons dried oregano

3 teaspoons ground cumin

3 teaspoons smoked paprika

1 dried bay leaf

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

1/2 cup chicken or beef stock

1/3 cup green olives stuffed with pimentos, sliced

Optional: chopped cilantro for garnish

Light olive oil to sear the meat with

salt and pepper to taste

Preparation

Turn the instant pot setting to sauté.

Cut the roast into large chunks.

Instant Pot Ropa Vieja - Keto and Low Carb

Add the olive oil and once hot, sear the meat on all sides, then remove and set aside.  Be sure to get some good color, this will give the meat great flavor!

Instant Pot Ropa Vieja - Keto and Low Carb

Add in the peppers and sauté for about 3 minutes, then remove and set aside.

Instant Pot Ropa Vieja - Keto and Low Carb

Sauté the onions for 2 minutes, then add in the garlic to sauté for about 20 seconds, careful not to burn it!

Instant Pot Ropa Vieja - Keto and Low Carb

Add in all the spices and toast for 15 seconds while stirring.  This really helps to bring out their flavor!

Instant Pot Ropa Vieja - Keto and Low Carb

Then deglaze the pot with the chicken (or beef) stock and tomatoes, and scrape up the brown bits on the bottom.

Instant Pot Ropa Vieja - Keto and Low Carb

Turn the Instant Pot off, and add the meat back into the pot along with the bay leaf, vinegar and half the red bell peppers.  Reserve the other half to add back in after the meat has cooked.

Instant Pot Ropa Vieja - Keto and Low Carb

Set to Pressure Cook/Manual for 90 minutes, and the steam valve to “sealing”.  Allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes, then quick release.

Remove the meat and shred using two forks.

Instant Pot Ropa Vieja - Keto and Low Carb

Discard the bay leaf and add the meat back into the pot along with the reserve red peppers and sliced olives.

Instant Pot Ropa Vieja - Keto and Low Carb

Set the instant pot back to sauté and cook for about 10 more minutes while you make your side dish.

Instant Pot Ropa Vieja - Keto and Low Carb

I like to serve with my Lime Cilantro Cauliflower Rice and garnish with chopped fresh cilantro.  Store leftovers in the fridge for a few days or freeze.

Instant Pot Ropa Vieja - Keto and Low Carb

Instant Pot Ropa Vieja - Keto and Low Carb

Instant Pot Ropa Vieja - Keto and Low Carb

Instant Pot Ropa Vieja - Keto and Low Carb

Instant Pot Ropa Vieja - Keto and Low Carb

The Instant Pot model that I have is the Instant Pot DUO80 8 Quart 7-in-1 Multi- Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Maker and Warmer

Instant Pot DUO80 8 Qt 7-in-1 Multi- Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Maker and Warmer

 

Check out my other Instant Pot recipes…

Instant Pot Chicken Marsala

Instant Pot No-Bean Chili

Easy Instant Pot “Roasted” Chicken

Instant Pot One Hour Chicken Stock

Instant Pot Butter Chicken

Best Instant Pot Roast with Gravy

Instant Pot Pork Carnitas

Instant Pot Ropa Vieja - Keto and Low Carb

Makes 12 Servings

Macros:  Fat 5 grams – Protein 29 grams – Carbs (net) 3 grams


Instant Pot Ropa Vieja - Keto and Low Carb
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Instant Pot Ropa Vieja - Keto and Low Carb

Ropa Vieja is a classic Cuban dish that is hearty and full of flavor!  Beef braised in tomatoes, peppers, onions and a wonderful mix of spices pressure cooked in my Instant Pot.  What would typically take 8 hours in a slow cooker to tenderize the roast, only takes 90 minutes but tastes like it's been slowly braising all day long!
CourseMain Course
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings 12

Ingredients

  • 4 pound beef chuck roast
  • 1 red bell pepper - sliced into thin strips
  • 1/2 onion - diced
  • 3 cloves garlic - minced
  • 15 ounce can diced tomatoes - lowest carb, with the liquid
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 3 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 3 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 dried bay leaf
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup chicken or beef stock
  • 1/3 cup green olives stuffed with pimentos - sliced
  • Optional: chopped cilantro for garnish
  • Light olive oil to sear the meat with
  • salt and pepper to taste

Preparation

  • Turn the instant pot setting to sauté. Cut the roast into large chunks.  Be sure to get some good color, this will give the meat great flavor!  Add the olive oil and once hot, sear the meat on all sides, then remove and set aside. Add in the peppers and sauté for about 3 minutes, then remove and set aside. 
  • Sauté the onions for 2 minutes, then add in the garlic to sauté for about 20 seconds, careful not to burn it! Add in all the spices and toast for 15 seconds while stirring.  This really helps to bring out their flavor! Then deglaze the pot with the chicken (or beef) stock and tomatoes, and scrape up the brown bits on the bottom.
  • Turn the Instant Pot off, and add the meat back into the pot along with the bay leaf, vinegar and half the red bell peppers. Reserve the other half to add back in after the meat has cooked.
  • Set to Pressure Cook for 90 minutes, and the steam valve to "sealing".  Allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes, then quick release.
  • Remove the meat and shred using two forks.  Discard the bay leaf and add the meat back into the pot along with the reserve red peppers and sliced olives.  Set the instant pot back to sauté and cook for about 10 more minutes while you make your side dish.  
  • I like to serve with my Lime Cilantro Cauliflower Rice and garnish with chopped fresh cilantro. Store leftovers in the fridge for a few days or freeze. 
*All nutritional data is provided as a courtesy and is accurate to the best of my knowledge. I am not a certified Nutritionist, so if you are concerned about this data, please feel free to verify it using the nutrition calculator of your choice. All data is based on net carbs and does not include sugar alchol (Swerve/Erythritol).
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