Slow Cooker Beef Carnitas Tacos

Flank steak that is rubbed in spices and slow cooks with peppers, jalapeño, and onions all day to tender and juicy perfection!  This recipe is easy and will become a family favorite! 

I made these carnitas when I first started my blog.  They were an instant family favorite.  But…  my photography needed a makeover.  Here is the picture before:
I remember trying to take this picture.  I had only been blogging for three months!  It was in the hallway on the stairs.  I didn’t know how to use my camera or turn off the flash!  So I covered the flash with my hand and took the picture! ?  I think it is safe to say I have come a long way.  And learned how to use my camera a little better!
Anyway.  Now that you have had a good laugh and realize that anything is possible, let’s talk about these carnitas.
If I am going to make shredded beef it has to be perfect.  I don’t want the beef to be dry or chewy.  It has to be melt in your mouth tender and full of flavor.  That is why I LOVE this recipe!
A flank steak slow cooking all day in a spice rub with a combination of peppers, jalapeño, and onions.   The beef creates its on juices while it cooks and is so unbelievably tender.  It doesn’t get much better than that!
This recipe is the perfect way to make beef carnitas for your family.  You will not believe how amazing the flavor is and it is so tender.  This is one of my husbands favorite recipes.  In fact, he is devouring two as we speak.
The beef is so flavorful and juicy that it tastes great by itself.  You can add minimal toppings to add some fresh flavors like avocado, diced tomatoes, or even some cilantro.  These are AMAZING!  I know that you are going to LOVE them just as much as our family does. 🙂

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Slow Cooker Beef Carnitas Tacos
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Flank steak that is rubbed in spices and slow cooks with peppers, jalapeño, and onions all day to tender and juicy perfection! This recipe is easy and will become a family favorite!
Serves: 4-6
  • 2 lbs Flank Steak (other cuts can be substituted but flank steak is best)
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 seeded jalapeno, chopped
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • ¼ tsp onion powder
  • ¼ tsp garlic
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • corn tortillas
  • avocado slices
  • cilantro
  • your favorite salsa
  • limes
  1. Mix together all spices in a small bowl. Rub the spices all over your flank steak. Place your steak at the bottom of your crock pot.
  2. Cover the steak with the chopped onions, bell peppers and jalapeno pepper. Turn heat on LOW and cook for 8 hours.
  3. After 8 hours, remove meat from crock pot and shred with a fork. It should be incredibly easy to shred. You can either stick the shredded meat back in the pot for another hour or serve as is.
  4. To serve, heat your corn tortillas in a skillet on the stove. Spoon some carnitas on a tortilla then top with salsa, avocado, cilantro and a squeeze of lime.
Recipe slightly adapted from Eat Live Run


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