Crockpot Shredded Beef Carnitas

Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Carnitas

I made these shredded beef carnitas a couple weeks ago and they were so delicious!  The rub was perfect and the steak was cooked just right!

UPDATE: I made this for my parents and family the other night but instead of using flank steak, I used skirt steak and I definitely recommend the flank steak because it falls apart easier when you’re shredding.  Skirt steak has quite a bit more fat on it so I highly recommend flank steak instead.


  • 2 lbs. Flank steak
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, finely chopped (seeded if you want less heat)
  • 2 red peppers (can change up color of pepper to preference
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Palm full of shredded cilantro
  • Chopped Avocado (for serving)
  • Lime wedges (for serving)
  • Salsa (for serving)
  • Cilantro (for serving)

Spice Rub:

  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper


  1. Combine all the spice rub ingredients in a bowl and mix together.  Rub spices over front and back of flank steak then place in the bottom of crockpot.
  2. Cover the steak with the lime juice, shredded cilantro, chopped onions, peppers and jalapeño.   Turn heat on low and cook for 4-6 hours.  My crockpot cooks quicker and I tend to like my steak closer to the medium/med-rare side so I did 3 hours and it was perfectly tender and moist.
  3. Remove the meat from the crockpot and shred meat with fork.  Place meat back in the crockpot on warm until ready to serve.
  4. Pair with my homemade salsa recipe here: Homemade Salsa
  5. Serve with tortillas, lime, salsa, avocado, cilantro and any other toppings desired.


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