The people have spoken and they want a savory recipe!
Or so Twitter told me last night when I was trying to decide whether to post these tacos or a cake recipe. Guess you’ll just have to wait till Monday for the cake! (please come back)
You know though, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with tacos on a Friday. Yep, I’d say this is a pretty darn good recipe to leave you with this weekend. I hadn’t brushed off the ol’ crockety pot in quite some time, so what did I do?
Stuck some steak in it.
These tacos are off the chain (does anyone still say “off the chain”??). A lovely piece of flank steak gets a spicy rubdown before sitting in the crock pot for eight hours with onion, bell pepper and jalapeno. Never thought to put steak in the crock pot? Well, let me tell you—it can be done!
Flank steak is typically a tougher cut of meat (I accidentally just wrote “me” instead of “meat” here…it’s a tougher cut of me, too) that usually requires a lengthy bath of marinade. Not in the slow cooker! The meat literally just cooks in its own juices all day long. When 5:00 rolls around, you’ll be ready to go with your shredded beef carnitas! Or here’s an even better idea: stick all the stuff in the crock pot right before bed. When you wake up, the beef is ready!
Here’s what your meat should look like after eight hours. This is man food if there ever was such a thing—perfect for upcoming football season!
Now put that shredded spicy beef on top of a tortilla with salsa, cilantro, lime juice and avocado and you’re SET. Check out these cute little baby Hass avocados I found the other day at a farmstand!
It’s the little things in life, folks.
You’re not really set yet, though—I lied.
You need a margarita! Oh yes you do.
Crock Pot Beef Carnitas Tacos
2 lbs flank steak
1 yellow onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped
for spice rub—
2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
your favorite salsa
Mix together all spices in a small bowl. Rub the spices all over your flank steak—be generous here! Then, place your steak at the bottom of your crock pot.
Cover the steak with the chopped onions, bell peppers and jalapeno pepper. Turn heat on LOW and cook for 8 hours.
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.
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.
Enjoy with a margarita for best result.
active time–10 min
total time—8 hoursPin It