Slow Cooker Carne Asada

This Slow Cooker Carne Asada is the perfect set it and forget it meal. On top of a salad, nachos, in lettuce cups for healthier tacos — the options are endless!


Slow Cooker Carne Asada

A new series is HERE: Slow Cooker Sunday!! All Fall, I’ll be sharing a slow cooker recipe each Sunday for you to pop in your slow cooker and head out for the day, and then come home ready to eat and/or use for your weekly meal prep!

First of all, happy start of FOOTBALL! If you’ve read my blog for some time, you’ll know I love entertaining and creating spreads for Football Sunday– more than I love watching the games!

Another thing you’ll know if you’ve read my blog for a while is that the slow cooker is one of my all-time favorite kitchen tools for that reason. I love a no-fuss meal, and love not having to slave over the stove to make it!

Slow Cooker Carne Asada


Slow Cooker Carne Asada

  • Author: Lexi
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 hours
  • Total Time: 8 hours and 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (see note)
  • 2 oranges, juiced, about 1/2 cup
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 2 pounds flank steak or steak/beef of choice


  • Place all ingredients aside from the steak into your blender and blend until smooth.
  • In a skillet over medium heat, sear the meat on both sides then place into the insert of your slow cooker.
  • Pour the blended sauce mixture over the meat and set on low for 8 hours.
  • Shred with two forks and serve over a salad, on top of nachos, or in lettuce leaf tacos.


If you don’t like heat, make sure you scrape out the seeds.

For Whole30, don’t serve over tortilla chips!


  • Serving Size: As served
  • Calories: 529
  • Sugar: 9.9g
  • Sodium: 480mg
  • Fat: 22.7g
  • Saturated Fat: 8.4g
  • Carbohydrates: 14.3g
  • Fiber: 2.8g
  • Protein: 64.8g
  • Cholesterol: 125mg

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Slow Cooker Carne Asada

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September 11, 2016

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36 Responses

  1. I LOVE slow cooker Sundays! I use mine weekly, and it’s especially nice in the summer to not turn the oven on and heat up the house. I can’t wait to see what you come up with next!

  2. Hi. Just finished making this recipe and I’m not sure that went according to plan. I have a multi-cooker with a slow cooker option and I think it doesnt heat up enough. It is not the first time it happens, but I had to leave it on 24 hours for the meat to become tender and similar to yours. Also, mine has considerably more liquid than your pictures. Never had carne asada before but it tastes a bit bitter, like it marinated in grapefruit instead of orange. Any ideas what went wrong? Followed the recipe to the letter otherwise…

    1. That’s so odd. I want to say it’s probably your machine. Is it old? I’ve never heard of someone not having success with this recipe!

  3. This look stood, am trying it this week!

    I will say, that this would technically be called machaca, since its shredded beef. Carne is grilled steak cut into cubes :). I live in the southwest and eat machaca and carne asada very very often because they are both so delicious!!!

  4. Delicious! Made it for Super Bowl Sunday… And pretty much devoured the whole thing. Just ordered your cookbook too! I cannot wait until it’s delivered! Thank you for the tasty recipes!

  5. I made this today and it was fantastic. My boyfriend’s comment sums it up pretty well: “Omg this is the best thing ever.” We served it over white rice, with tomatillo salsa and diced avocado.

    I also wanted to say that I love your blog and appreciate SO MUCH that you have so many fabulous dairy-free recipes. Everything I’ve made of yours has been excellent but this carne asada really takes the cake!

  6. I made this today, but converted it for the Instant Pot. (20 mins with Natural release). My family LOVED it, including my husband who is not a fan of shredded beef dishes. I had hoped for leftovers to freeze for a second meal. Unfortunately, there were none.

  7. Hi Lexi,

    I’ve never used chipolte peppers in a abodo sauce before. It it super spicy? I just want to make sure it won’t be too spicy for my kids to eat too, thanks!

  8. Hi Lexi,

    I was also wanting to know the serving size for this? I’m putting everything in, to get the nutritional values, but need to know servings, if possible 🙂

  9. I made this today with a flank steak, and it was simple and wonderful. Making lettuce tacos with guacamole. Couldn’t be simpler!

    1. Hi Amanda! We’re working on getting nutritional information for our recipes, but in the meantime plugging this in to myfitnesspal or other nutritional counter will work!

  10. I followed the recipe exactly, but my market only had thin sliced flank steak for Carne Asada. I got that and heated two cast iron skillets on high heat and quickly seared one side of the slices before putting them in the crockpot. I cooked them on low for 4 hours and they were done. The meat was delicious. It was very tender and smelled amazing while it was cooking. My family loved it I also put all of the ingredients in the cup for my hand immersion blender, and felt like that worked very wellf and was easy clean up for me. Thank you for the great recipe!

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  11. Hello, When you select a color for your recipes, people with bad eyesight have a hard time reading thin and light colors. Please use darker and heavier lettering so people like me, who are trying to get their health back can read the recipe. Thank you!

  12. Absolutely delicious! Was late on starting, so used Instant pot instead: cut up the meat in chunks, sautéed in pot for a couple minutes, added mixture on top and put on high pressure for 12 min + natural release. The meat melted in my mouth… so much flavor. Definitely a keeper!

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