Ropa Vieja and Other Easy Slow Cooker Latin Dishes for Busy Weeknights
The secret to latin food is the love we put into it. Usually, traditional foods take time and patience, and unfortunately that’s the reason why a lot of recipes have gotten lost through generations.
What if we told you that you could have your grandma's carnitas or your tías ropa vieja at the blink of an eye?
Thankfully, the invention of the slow cooker (or Crock-Pot) has helped many busy individuals with dinner, and latin households all over have welcomed the handy kitchen gadget, continuando la tradición de la comida lenta.
This traditional Cuban dish can be found at the dinner table of households all over the Caribbean because it can feed an entire family for days. The best part is that you can always use the leftovers for other inventive dishes, ropa vieja empanadas anyone?
Some might argue that there’s no better way to cook carnitas, or pulled pork, than in a slow cooker. Just season your pork shoulder with your favorite seasoning (we like cayenne and smoked paprika) and drop it in a juice bath to tenderize for hours. You’ll also be able to enjoy your carnitas in many more ways than tacos.
Pollo en fricasé
Another one-pot traditional dish from the Caribbean, very well known in Puerto Rican households, and all you need is some chicken thighs, tomato sauce, wine, bay leaf and your favorite seasoning.
Ideally, a traditional mole can be cooked for up to 48 hours to develop all the flavors, but thanks to the slow cooker the time for a proper mole has been narrowed down significantly. Just leave those spices and chocolate to simmer for hours to get that rich velvety end result.
Black Beans and Rice
The great part about cooking your black beans in a slow cooker is that it makes them perfectly tender and ready to eat without any soaking time. It also allows for the beans to absorb all of the spices and seasoning without them turning into mush.
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