Steak Carnitas Meat in the Crockpot

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I thought I’d share how the challenge went for me personally. My goal was to lose a little weight. So I ate no sugar and was aware of my portions, on top of the whole foods only. After the two weeks I dropped five and a half pounds. I didn’t exercise at all during those weeks (we did go on a walk one day, but that was it!).  But now that it’s been a week (and Thanksgiving happened) I’ve gained about half of the weight back. That’s really normal for me. When I reintroduce sugar my body hoards it. My body is excellent at hoarding calories. :) I would also say that I’m generally happier and have more energy when I choose to kick sugar and eat well.

Most of the recipes I shared were mine and things that I’ve been making for a long time. A few, however, were new-to-me recipes. I made new-to-me steak carnitas meat in the crockpot and it was probably my favorite meal from the entire two weeks. We enjoyed the leftovers for a few days, and I just got everything to make them again this week. They were amazing and so so easy. Gotta love that. I used the meat in soft tacos, hard tacos, tostadas, and on nachos… can’t beat meals like that. Hey, they are clean!

Well, I’m gearing up to do my two week challenge again before Christmas (which should mean a sustained five-pound weight loss during the holidays for me. Yes!). Now that I’ve got you excited I want you to do it with me. Who’s in? We can make a FB page or something to help each other out and get motivated. I’m serious, I do so much better when I have a support group. Let’s do it!

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Steak Carnitas Meat in the Crockpot
Makes: Serves 6-8
For the spice rub:
  • 1 T. chili powder
  • 1½ tsp cumin or smoked cumin
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper, or more to taste
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 2 lbs flank steak
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped
  • Serving Options:
  • Corn tortillas
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Grated cheese
  • Tomato
  • Sour cream
  • Salsa
  1. Mix all of the spice together in a small bowl for the spice rub. Rub the spices into each side of the steak, using all of the mixture.
  2. Place the spice rubbed-steak in the bottom of the crock pot. Place the chopped onion, bell pepper, and jalapeno on top of the steak. Cook for on low for 7 to 8 hours.
  3. After the cooking time has lapsed, remove the steak from the crock pot and shred with two forks. Serve immediately or return to the crock pot for a few hours until you are ready to eat.
  4. Serve on corn tortillas with your favorite topping.
Flank steak is generally a tougher, and therefore cheaper piece of meat. It's a great candidate for the crock pot. I actually have used everything from elk steaks, lamb, and pork and loved them all in this recipe. Use what you have on hand or what's on sale... if it's a leaner cut of meat you may need to add a bit of beef stock at the end to make sure it doesn't dry out before cooking.


Jenna (from Eat, Run, Live) who originally made the recipe had some great serving suggestions for these steak carnitas too.

Seriously, let me know if you want to eat clean together. How about starting the first Monday in December? We’ll begin with steak carnitas! I’m excited!

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78 comments on “Steak Carnitas Meat in the Crockpot

  1. I actually managed to cram my 2 lb. roast into my 2 qt. crock pot! It smells great. My only worry is that it may not be done until late. I started the heat at 1 PM. I turned it up to high at about 4.

  2. Hi Melissa :) Could you use chicken or turkey with these spices do you think? I’m loving your two week summer menu plan! Thank you!

    1. Yes, for sure! I have made it with everything from elk and venison to chicken and pork. It works great! If the meat is on the lean side you might want to add a little chicken stock or something so that it doesn’t dry out while cooking. Enjoy!!!

  3. I tried to read through the thread to make sure this isn’t a repeat question…So, when buying meat, provided you are choosing store bought for the occasion, do you have any tips? I try to buy organic when i can, but flank steak is harder to find. I’m wondering if you know of farms you trust or anything that can help a girl out with one hungry husband and a growing boy staring back at me every night I try a meatless meal. :) thanks in advance.

    1. I don’t buy much meat at the store anymore, but if I were I’d just buy what is on sale. Pork and beef roasts are both great in this recipe, and I think beef is generally easier to find organic if that’s something you are looking for. I’m not sure if that helps… does it?! Let me know!

    1. I buy corn tortillas from the store (they normally have like 3 ingredients corn, lime, and salt) and just fry them in a bit of oil (maybe a 1/2 inch in the bottom of a skillet), if I want them crunchy like those in the picture I get the oil really hot and then fry them curved (just hold one half down in the oil with a fork and use tongs to hold the other half out. They make this meal a real treat! I highly recommend fresh fried corn tortillas :)

  4. I am doing your 2 week clean eating plan and loving the different meal ideas. For breakfast daily I have done oats in mason jars and for lunch i have done salads in mason jars. I am having to google a few things like these carnitas as we have never heard of them before in New Zealand. I have the steak slow cooking now and it smells delish! Roll on 2 hours and we can eat them!

      1. Absolutely divine! Plenty left for tonight’s dinner! Also made the Thai Green Curry last night & I have been to Thailand & i could have sworn I was back there eating it! Thanks again!

  5. My husband is Latino, and a picky eater. It’s hard to find recipes that he really likes. I recently decided to make this for him.

    Let me just say, this recipe is 1000% husband approved–he could NOT stop talking about it and would not hear of me bringing leftovers to work for my friends. I thought it was pretty amazing too. And it doesn’t get much easier to make! Thanks so much for a great recipe. :)

  6. The picture and recipe are showing up all jumbled. I can’t read the spices, could you reply here with them. I think I can make the rest of it out. Love Carnitas!

  7. Melissa, how did you prepare your corn tortillas? They look so good. I just heated mine in the microwave ans they broke into pieces and didn’t taste very good. The meat was DELICIOUS!!!!

    1. Here’s my tip- if you don’t mind frying, do that (an inch of oil in a little skillet, fry for a few seconds on each side). If that isn’t your thing you can get the skillet pretty hot (medium high) and then spray it with cooking spray. Add the tortilla and then spray the top of the tortilla with a little more cooking spray. Flip over and cook about 30 seconds on each side. I do both of these often depending on my mood and how many calories I want to consume. Fried is delicious but the second option is still really good with less hassle and calories. You’ll like it much better than the microwave!

  8. Does the meat turn out moist?
    I feel like you need some liquid or it is going to yield shoe leather .
    From experience , does it turn out famously with no liquid?
    Thank you .

    1. I don’t think it would been to be cooked as long since they don’t generally have bones. I’d check the meat after maybe 25-30 minutes so that it doesn’t over cook.

        1. Gottach now! Nope, I don’t change a thing and I do make this with chicken occasionally (still just don’t over cook), it’s very good! The chicken gets a little dry in the slow cook so sometimes I’ll add a little chicken stock or even some tomato juice to the bottom of the slow cooker so it has a little liquid to cook in. You are going to love it.