Slow Cooker Carne Asada makes making steak tacos a breeze! Flank steak is slow cooked in a flavorful sauce for carne asada that will knock your socks off!
Traditionally, Grilled Carne Asada is all about the marinade. In this slow cooker version, I’ve taken my regular marinade and turned it into a sauce that is full of flavor. The steak is then smothered in the sauce and slow cooked to perfection. While certainly a non-traditional option, it makes a great “set it and forget it” meal.
My recipe is based off of one from the world renowned chef of Mexican Cuisine, Rick Bayless. If you ever have the chance to go to his restaurant, Frontera Grill, in Chicago….GO! It’s unreal!
Is skirt steak and flank steak the same?
Skirt steak and flank steak are similar cuts of beef and can often be used interchangeably in recipes. Flank steak is a thicker, wider cut of meat and comes from the abdominal area. The fibers are tough and long. Skirt steak comes from the diaphragm muscles and contains even tougher fibers. Both cuts should be sliced thin, against the grain. Skirt steak should not be cooked above medium.
What is the best cut of meat for carne asada?
Carne asada is traditionally made using skirt or flank steak. The two cuts are very similar, but I prefer the meatier one, which is flank steak. You can also use sirloin flap meat or brisket. Flank steak, sirloin, and brisket are all great options for the slow cooker, while skirt steak may come out tough when cooked above medium.
PRO TIP: When cutting your meat, be sure to cut against the grain. It is quite easy to see the grain running through the meat in both of these cuts. It looks like lines. Do not cut parallel to these lines, always cut perpendicular to them. The grain provides a natural breaking point in the meat. If you cut against them then you end up with tons of breaking points in each piece which keeps it from being chewy.
SERVING SUGGESTIONS: Carne Asada can be eaten plain, or served up in tacos and burritos.
If you like this recipe you may also be interested in these Slow Cooker recipes:
- Mexican Beef Barbacoa
- Killer Crockpot Carnitas
- Slow Cooker Cuban Mojo Pork
- Slow Cooker Chili Lime Shredded Beef
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Slow Cooker Carne Asada
- 2 limes juiced
- 4 cloves garlic crushed
- ½ cup orange juice
- 1 cup chopped fresh cilantro
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 1 jalapeno minced
- 2 tablespoons white vinegar
- 1 2 pound flank steak
- In a large bowl, whisk together lime juice, crushed garlic, orange juice, cilantro, salt, pepper, olive oil, jalapeno, and vinegar.
- Lay the flank steak in the bottom of a slow cooker. Pour sauce over steak.
- Place the lid on and cook on high for 3 to 4 hours, or on low for 6 to 8 hours.