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Slow Cooker Carne Asada

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The picky hubby panics a bit when I spout off our entree for the night and he doesn’t recognize the name.  This Slow Cooker 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.

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


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 beef our own way.


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

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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 chop potatoes the most! We grow them in the garden and have them with almost every meal. We do scalloped, mashed or potato salad a lot! YUM!

  2. I cook alot of chicken, fish and vegetables so a nice set of knives would come in handy.

  3. I saved this recipe, looking forward to trying the beef with citrus notes! I’d say I chop onion and garlic the most, new knives are always popular:@)

  4. I love that meat looks so tender. Those knives are just what I need to slice my home grown tomatoes!

  5. This looks so delicious! I hope those knives become mine! 🙂

  6. I chop onions more than any other food item. Can’t cook without onions and garlic!! ps Your carne asada looks and sounds delish!!!

  7. This sounds so good, the meat is so tender!

  8. My finger, does that count? If not, chicken wings, which cause me to slice my finger.

  9. The beef looks so very tender and literally melt in mouth! YUM!

  10. I chop onions 2-3 times a week.

  11. I cut onions a lot!

  12. The food I chop most is onions!

  13. I chop vegetables the most! Especially garlic and onions.

  14. I juat told the Havarti line to my colleagues, we had agreat laugh. I RUN towards dishes I do not know lol. This I knew and I would sitll be in a line for it, looks great.

  15. I chop onions and potatoes the most. The meat looks delicious and I want to try the recipe. Those knives would definitely work for me!

  16. I am up for the radishes and cilantro and avocado for toppings like you, Liz! But at least you both enjoyed the meat!

  17. Onions!

  18. i chop celery the most

  19. Your flank steak cook in the slow cooker looks delicious and so flavorful Liz…what a great recipe…seeing this recipe makes me feel so guilty for not using my slow cooker.
    I hope you are having a great week…and yes, your balsamic pearls turned out awesome!

  20. I chop either garlic or onions the most.

  21. I chop a lot of onions.

  22. I chop an unbelievable amount of apples and onions. It’s amazing how awful I used to be so many years ago, but practice helped so much…And a great knife helps even more!

  23. Different vegetables and chicken

  24. Dear Liz,
    This looks wonderful and I would enjoy it with all the toppings. xo Catherine

  25. I need to add this to our menu soon! I know it’ll disappear in a hurry at our house!

  26. I chop tons of onion on a daily basis.

  27. This looks so beautiful and delicious. I am loving all those toppings. I am glad that your husband enjoyed the meal. Have a wonderful weekend.

  28. I love letting the slow cooker do the work – this is the perfect weeknight dinner!

  29. I’m always chopping onions and peppers.

  30. I don’t like the smell of onions but I think if combine onions with some ingredients I can enjoy. :d This dish looked so good and delicious. I’ll add this in my meal.

  31. My husband loves cabbage slaw, so I chop a lot of cabbage and carrots.

  32. I chop onions the most, several times a week.

  33. I probably chop onions the most.

  34. Would love some new knives to make chopping veggies easier!

  35. –The meat looks faAaaabulous.
    I love this kind of food for a Sunday Dinner!


  36. I would say I chop onions the most with garlic being a close second.

  37. I chop celery and onions for most meals I prepare!

  38. I like to chop garlic.

  39. I probably chop fruits the most – love adding them to my oatmeal, yogurts or just snacking on!

  40. I chop veggies mostly. Good knives are so important!

  41. I love this recipe thanks for sharing, I see my self chopping onions the most

  42. Veggies–all kinds!

  43. It’s a four way tie: onions, potatoes, celery and carrots.

  44. I dice onions and potatoes quite a bit. These knives would come in handy!

  45. We eat a LOT of vegetables at our house. I guess I chop veggies the most.

  46. I chop a lot of vegetables, everything from Onions, Cabbage, Bell Peppers & more. These knives are very nice! Thanks for this chance 🙂 Love your Carne Asada recipe!

  47. I chop lots of onions and bell peppers. The knives are beautiful and your recipe could easily become a family favorite.

  48. Your stories of cooking for “picky husband” always give me a chuckle. If he only knew how good the carne asada is with your garnishes…although it means more for you to enjoy.

  49. I chop onions the most. Along with many other veggies.

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

  51. I cut a lot of chicken and vegetables.

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

  53. 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!

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

  55. I chop alot of onions and tomatoes.

  56. Veggies, in particular, onions !

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

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

  59. Probably onions and celery

  60. Onions….chop chop

  61. I chop onions the most!

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

  63. Onions..i love onions in everything

  64. Fabulous looking taco! Love your carne asada!

  65. Meat and veggies mostly.

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

  67. vegetables and fruits

  68. 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. 🙂

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

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