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Shredded slow cooker carne asada in a crockpot topped with jalapeno slices and fresh cilantro.

Slow Cooker Carne Asada

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  • Author: The Cooking Jar
  • Total Time: 8 hours 5 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 1x


This slow cooker carne asada recipe makes tender and juicy seasoned flank steak that is
packed full of flavor for taco nights.


Units Scale
  • 23 lbs. flank steak
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice (about 1 lime)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika


  1. Season the flank steak with salt and pepper and pat in the seasonings.
  2. [Optional step] Sear flank steak on both sides until browned, about 5 minutes per side.
  3. Add flank steak to a 6 qt. slow cooker.
  4. Combine garlic, olive oil, orange juice, lime juice, cumin, chili powder, oregano, onion, powder, garlic powder and smoked paprika in a measuring cup, whisk until smooth and pour over the meat.
  5. Cook on LOW for 8 hours.
  6. Remove flank steak to a cutting board and shred it into bite-sized pieces. Add shredded beef back into the slow cooker and mix to absorb the juices. Do a taste test and add more salt and pepper if needed.
  7. Dish and serve hot with tortillas and your favorite toppings.
  8. Enjoy!


  • Add more flavor – Add more flavor by mixing some chopped fresh cilantro with the sauce before slow cooking.
  • Add some spice – Spice it up a little with some jalapenos, chipotle chilis, or chipotle chili powder.
  • Scroll up to RECIPE TIPS for more useful tips, suggestions and ingredient substitutions.
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 8 hours