Insanely flavorful slow cooker carne asada recipe makes Mexican night a breeze! Seasoned to perfection flank steak cooks in the crockpot until juicy and tender and makes a great filling for tacos or main dish!
For serving:pico de gallo, fresh cilantro, tortillas
Mix all the spices together in a small bowl. Add the olive oil and stir to combine into a thick paste.
Rub the spice mixture all over the flank steak on both sides. Transfer to a slow cooker.
Pour in the orange juice, lime juice, and vinegar. Sprinkle the cilantro on top.
Cook on LOW for 5-6 hours. Remove the steak from the slow cooker and place on a cutting board to rest for 5 minutes. Slice against the grain and serve with reserved juices, if desired.
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Other cuts of meat
You may substitute skirt steak with preparation and cooking time remaining same.However, skirt steak is a thinner cut of meat than flank steak, so the texture will be a little stringier and tender, more like shredded taco meat.I've tested the recipe with both flank and skirt steak, and the flank steak held up better to the slow cooking. Another option, though, would be a brisket.
how to serve
If you are looking for something besides flank steak tacos, you may also serve carne asada over a taco salad, with rice and beans, burrito bowl, or as a Mexican-inspired steak and eggs.
how to slice flank steak
After the steak has finished cooking, remove it from the crock pot and let it rest for 5 minutes on a cutting board.To cut flank steak, slice the meat against the grain. This means you will see lines running through the fibers of the meat. Do not slice in the same direction as these fibers, but cut perpendicular to them.