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Slow Cooker Carne Asada

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This Slow Cooker Carne Asada Recipe is slow cooked in a magical mixture of lime, orange, garlic and spices before shredding and served taco style!

The picky hubby panics a bit when I spout off our entree for the night and he doesn’t recognize the name.  This Carne Asada had him puzzled for an instant, but once he took his first bite, this Latin dish was a smash hit!

Slow Cooker Carne Asada | The classic Latin dish made in a slow cooker!

Slow Cooker Carne Asada

Of course, Bill’s memories from high school Spanish probably cued him in. Carne = Meat. So he wasn’t worried. Plus serving this as a carne asada tacos recipe in tortilla shells made it much more mainstream, and after one bite, he was SOLD!

There was the time, more than a decade ago, when I first made Penne with Harvarti. His eyes widened as he fretted, “You’re not feeding me fish are you???” He’s come a long way since then! The literal translation of carne asada is “grilled beef, ” but this slow cooker version is perfect for the winter or a busy day. 

Slow Cooker Carne Asada | The classic Latin dish made in a slow cooker

How to Serve This Carne Asada Recipe

Like with tacos, carne asada wouldn’t be the same without the garnishes! Typically served with radishes, avocados and lime, the hubby wouldn’t have any of that.

  • I had some shredded cheese and salsa in the fridge as I anticipated that these “funky” toppings wouldn’t be his style. We both loved this flavorful  carne asada tacos recipe our own way.
  • Flour or corn tortillas both work well with carne asada. Pick your favorite.
  • Warm your tortillas to make them even softer and more pliable.
  • Use flank steak or skirt steak for the most authentic carne asada recipe.
  • This carne asada marinade is top notch. Instead of marinating and grilling, like in a more traditional recipe, the flank steak spends 8 hours in the slow cooker with a flavorful concoction.
  • Orange juice, lime juice, garlic, honey, cilantro, chili powder and cumin infuse into the flank steak during the cooking process.


Slow Cooker Carne Asada | The classic Latin dish made in a slow cooker


More Slow Cooker Recipes You’ll Love:

This {Slow Cooker} Italian Red Wine Roast Beef from Barefeet in the Kitchen is pure comfort food as is this Slow Cooker Beef Stew from Big Bear’s Wife. If you’re looking for more Tex-Mex inspired recipes, Slow Cooker Chile Colorado Style Beef from Noble Pig and my Pork Carnitas are perfect. This Slow Cooker Coffee Braised Brisket is my favorite brisket recipe and super easy, too!

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Complete This Meal:

When making a Tex-Mex or Latin entree like carne asada, having a few good side dishes and desserts will help round out the meal. Here are a few of my suggestions from the blog:

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Slow Cooker Carne Asada

The slow cooker version of the classic Latin recipe. Adapted from Gourmet Slow Cooker via My Southwest Kitchen

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 8 hours
  • Total Time: 8 hours 5 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


  • 1 (2.5-3) pound flank steak, I recommend Certified Angus Beef ® Brand
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon chopped cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Flour or corn tortillas
  • Garnishes: Cilantro, lime wedges, sliced radishes, avocado chunks


  1. Place flank steak into the slow cooker.
  2. Whisk together the olive oil, orange juice, garlic, lime juice, honey, cilantro, salt, chili powder, and cumin. Pour marinade over the meat.
  3. Cover and set the slow cooker to low. Cook for 8 hours.
  4. Remove the meat from the slow cooker and shred. Place the meat back in the slow cooker and coat with the juices.
  5. Serve on tortillas and garnish with lime wedges, sliced radishes, and avocado chunks.
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71 comments on “Slow Cooker Carne Asada”

  1. I would be chopping onions the most. We use a lot of onions in everything!

  2. I cut a lot of chicken and vegetables.

  3. I chop mostly vegetables: onions, celery, carrots, peppers.

  4. I probably chop potatoes, onions and garlic the most. My hubby wants potatoes with every meal and the kids are my veggie lovers. The kids love my mom’s recipe for fried cabbage and broccoli so i chop alot of those as well. Definitely going to try this recipe out, looks amazing!

  5. I don’t know which are more beautiful: Your new knives or gorgeous carne asada wraps!

  6. I chop alot of onions and tomatoes.

  7. Veggies, in particular, onions !

  8. Beautiful meal Liz, we love tacos here. I can see why your husband loved these.

  9. Definitely, carrots. I eat them with everything.

  10. Probably onions and celery

  11. Onions….chop chop

  12. I chop onions the most!

  13. Crunchy veggies! They’re so satisfying to cut with a good knife 🙂

  14. Onions..i love onions in everything

  15. Fabulous looking taco! Love your carne asada!

  16. Meat and veggies mostly.

  17. I do a lot of cooking so I’d say onions and peppers

  18. vegetables and fruits

  19. I had never heard of this dish before, but that wouldnt stop me from eating it. Looks incredible actually, and since the cyclone and losing my job and the funds being low, economical dishes are a priority… think this dish might just be on my list to try asap. 🙂

  20. I love this kind of food for a Sunday Dinner!

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