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Slow-Cooker Steak Carnitas Tacos

Steak Carnitas Tacos
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Since we moved to New Mexico, I have been fascinated by the culture here. The pandemic really put a limit on our experience with trying new dishes but I knew if I did enough research I could make do. Steak Carnitas tacos takes time but if you prepare for it, it is worth the wait!

Mom’s, this one’s for you!  If you have a busy day ahead of you this is the recipe you’ll absolutely love because it allows you to do other things and still have a wonderfully prepared meal! Make sure the meat is at room temperature when you start. Rub down your flank steak very well. Throw all the ingredients into the crock pot in the morning; let it cook all day, and by dinner you will have salivating carnitas! Make your fresh tortillas early and then re-warm them later or make it on the fly-the recipe is easy and you can’t mess it up! Enjoy!

Slow-Cooker Steak Carnitas Tacos

Difficulty: Intermediate Prep Time 15 min Cook Time 6 hour Rest Time 5 min Total Time 6 hrs 20 mins Servings: 4 Best Season: Suitable throughout the year


Ingredients for Flank Steak Rub

Ingredients to put in your Crock Pot with Flank Steak

Ingredients to Make Fresh Tortillas


Cooking the Steak Carnitas

  1. Preheat your slow cooker or crock pot. Mix rub ingredients with olive oil in a small bowl. Massage carnitas rub mixture all over flank steak. Line your crock pot with olive oil as well. Place your flank steak in the crock pot. Add onion, whole red orange,  limes, honey, Chile habanero pepper and bay leaf. Cook for 6 hours on low heat.


Make Fresh Tortillas

  1. Mix all tortilla ingredients with a whipping wand. Add shortening to flour mixture. Mix with your hands. Add the hot water to the mixture (It should be tolerably hot not boiling hot). Mix with your hands again and knead the flour well. It should  be wet a tacky yet form a dough. Knead for as long as you need to until the dough is perfect for you (approximately 12-15 minutes).


  2. Break apart your dough and make dough balls resembling a golf balls. Take each dough one by one and dip it into a bowl with 1 cup of shortening.  


  3. After, cover the entire dough ball with flour.

    ( 1 cup of all purpose flour is plenty).

  4. Pre heat a cast iron pan to medium low. Sprinkle a little flour to a cutting board and roll your dough out. Since we covered it with shortening and flour it should help make the dough very easy to work with. Take your time and roll it out slowly until it is nice and round. The key is to roll it a little larger than you want because when it fry's on the cast iron pan it will shrink a little bit. 

  5. Place the flour on the non-stick cast iron pan and let it "fry" with out oil for 2- 3 minutes and then flip it over to it's opposite side. (I use my hands but you can use a pancake spatula if needed).

  6. Repeat the tortilla preparation process for the remaining golf sized dough balls and place tortillas in a linen towel to cool before serving.

Make Your Taco

  1. Now feel free to add some fresh cilantro, lettuce and any other topping in your taco. The Yummy carnitas will have a lot of flavor so you won't need too many other toppings. ENJOY!

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories 400

Keywords: carnitas, mexican carnitas tacos, slow cooker carnitas,

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