#CrockPot Shredded Steak Tacos

You know how you pin a bunch of recipes to your Pinterest boards and you fully intend to try them and then...somehow you forget and just keep pinning new recipes? Well, this started out as one of those recipes; I'd meant to try it and just kept forgetting to. Until we invited some friends over for Cinco de Mayo. Then I remembered this Crockpot Beef Carnitas recipe from Eat, Live, Run and I finally (FINALLY!) made it. And it was every bit as good as that pinned picture led me to believe it would be.

I changed the ingredients ever so slightly. For instance, I used only 1/2 a jalapeno, because I was afraid it might be too spicy for the kids in attendance; it wouldn't have been, I totally should've used the whole pepper! I also added some extra onions, fresh garlic, and chipotle powder.

Copious amounts of avocado on top take these tacos from fantastic to ridiculously good!

serves at least 8-10

  • 2 lbs flank steak
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1/2 jalapeno, seeded and chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped

Spice rub:

  • 2 tsp chili powder (I really like Penzey's, but any kind will do) 
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chipotle powder
  • salt
  • pepper

Amazingly, the recipe doesn't need any additional liquid—it just cooks in the juices from the meat and veggies!

I followed the original recipe's instructions, which can be found here.

Serve with warm corn tortillas, chopped scallions and avocado; make sure you also squeeze some lime juice over your tacos, too. All those fresh toppings really brighten up the slow-cooked, luscious meat. Oh, and some cerveza matches nicely, of course.

We had leftovers, which I served over brown rice, perfect for soaking up all those delicious juices.

This was perfect for entertaining, because I just got everything in the slow cooker in the morning and it was ready when company arrived; it also meant I actually got to hang out with our friends, instead of being tied to the kitchen. 

This would be a great meal to bring to new parents: not only does it make a large quantity, it reheats well and provides lots of iron (and Vitamin C, to help absorb that iron) that mamas' bodies need to recover after childbirth.

UPDATE: Sumptuous Spoonfuls included this recipe in her round-up of 33 Fabulous Cinco de Mayo recipes.

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  1. Simply divine! Love love it!

  2. You can definitely bring that to me when I have the baby. HA HA. Looks delicious... and the Modelo makes it even better. Can't wait to have one of those again!

  3. we made these today and they were delicious!! So easy and versatile! We served with homemade salsa, guacamole, and tortillas. Thanks for the excellent recipe!

  4. fullbellysistersJuly 28, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    Lady, I was totally thinking that i would—I just needed to check whether you guys were eating meat these days! I'll bring you Modelo, too, good for your milk supply and all ;-)

  5. fullbellysistersJuly 28, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    Wonderful, so glad you enjoyed it!

  6. fullbellysistersJuly 28, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    Thanks so much, my dear!

  7. hurray! Yes, we are eating meat. Usually, I don't let people bring me meat dishes but I trust you. LOL.

  8. fullbellysistersJuly 29, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    aww, thanks! BTW, when is your due date? Soon, yes?

  9. These look terrific, Justine. I know they would be a major hit here!

  10. Finally tried this recipe last week. STILL eating the leftovers! So flavorful!

  11. hurray! Of course, we're having beef. Normally, I do not permit individuals provide me meat meals on the other hand have confidence in anyone.
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  12. Ann from Sumptuous SpoonfulsOctober 12, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    I've just started up my crockpot and guess what's in it? Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. I can't wait to taste it ...

  13. Yippee, hope you enjoy!

  14. so glad to hear that!


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