Try Slow Cooker Beef Carnitas Recipe for a meal sure to impress. There are tons of options for this delicious beef carnitas recipe that include tacos, burritos, salads and more!

Beef Carnitas Tacos on a platter with a side of fresh limes

Slow Cooker Beef Carnitas Recipe:

This recipe is a must try and it is super easy to prepare. The beef is so flavorful and absolutely delicious. If you enjoyed our Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas Recipe, you are going to go crazy over this recipe for crispy beef carnitas.

Your house will smell amazing as the beef is cooked to perfection.  The meat is so tender with just the perfect amount of crispiness on the outside. We love to serve it on tortillas and everyone loves this easy meal! 

Grab some from the store or make the Best Flour Tortilla Recipe. Corn tortillas are also delicious. Just use what you prefer.

Beef Carnitas Tacos on a platter with a side of fresh limes

Make Crock Pot Beef Carnitas for Parties:

If you need to feed a crowd, this slow cooker recipe is perfect for that. It is so easy and the slow cooker does all the work.

You can spend more time with your guests and less time in the kitchen. We love to set out a bunch of toppings and options and everyone can just grab what they prefer.

It is so fun and always a hit.

Beef Carnitas Tacos on a platter with a side of fresh limes

Ingredients for Easy Beef Carnitas:

  • Roast
  • Beef Broth
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • White Onion
  • Minced Garlic
  • Chipotle Powder
  • Cumin
  • Black Pepper
  • Salt
  • Chili Powder
  • Fresh Limes
Beef Carnitas Tacos on a platter with a side of fresh limes

How to Make Beef Carnitas in a Crock Pot:

  • Add Roast to Slow Cooker – Place the roast in the slow cooker. I used a 6 quart crock pot.
  • Top the roast with ingredients – Place the rest of the ingredients on top. I like to mix in the spice mixture in a small bowl then add the spice rub over the roast.
  • Cook Roast – Cover and cook on low for 10 hours until the beef is able to shred. Cooking time will vary.
  • Shred the beef – Once the roast is cooked, shred the meat.
  • Heat the Oven – Preheat the broiler.
  • Add beef to cookie sheet – Place the beef on a foil covered cookie sheet.
  • Broil the beef – Broil for 10 minutes or until the beef begins to brown and gets crispy.
  • Serve and Enjoy – Serve on tortillas with a slotted spoon and with your favorite taco toppings.
Beef Carnitas Tacos on a platter with a side of fresh limes

What kind of Roast to use Beef Carnitas:

When we make beef carnitas we like to use chuck roast. Cooking the roast in the slow cooker makes tender, juicy and full of flavor. Chuck Roast has a nice fat marbling which makes it very tender.

Another option would be to slow cook a flank steak.

How to Make Crispy Mexican Beef Carnitas:

If you are wondering how you will get that crispiness on the outside, it is simple and only takes a few minutes.

Once the meat is ready, shred it and put under the broiler for just a few minutes. The beef will get brown and crispy and be perfect.

Beef Carnitas Tacos on a platter with a side of fresh limes

What Size Slow Cooker to Use?

If you are needing a crock pot recommendation, we like the Instant Pot Aura. This crock pot is an 8 quart size but we used a 6 quart for this recipe.

We really like using this crock pot because of the multi-function settings.

What to serve with Crockpot Beef Carnitas:

Keep it simple with easy sides like beans and rice.

Beef Carnitas Tacos on a platter with a side of fresh limes

Slow Cooker Beef Carnitas Topping ideas

  • Sour Cream
  • Onion
  • Tomato
  • Quick Salsa Verde De Tomatillo Recipe
  • Very Simple Guacamole Recipe
  • The best pico de gallo recipe
  • Fresh Lime
  • Fresh Cilantro

How to use Beef Carnitas Leftovers:

The ideas are endless with this delicious beef. I love that the kids think they are eating a new meal when really it is the same shredded beef. I actually hope we have leftovers so I can turn this meat into more wonderful meals.

These are favorite ways to use this Shredded Beef:

  • Make Sandwiches – Mix the shredded beef with some BBQ sauce for a completely different meal idea.
  • Burritos – Wrap the shredded beef in a tortilla topped with refried beans and cheese. This is my kids favorite way to eat the beef and a quick dinner idea.
  • Salads – Shred the beef to top on your favorite taco salad.
  • Bake Potato – Shredded beef on your bake potatoes makes an amazing meal idea.
  • Serve over Rice – This beef carnitas are great served over white rice, brown rice or even cauliflower rice.

Can you Freeze Beef Carnitas Slow Cooker: 

Yes, you freeze your leftover Beef Carnitas or uncooked beef carnitas. If you like to meal plan like I do, I like to double the batch and freeze the ingredients in a freezer bag.

I usually do this with my uncooked beef, so I can take the freezer bag and place in the slow cooker when I am ready to prepare.

You can also freeze the leftover beef with the juices. When you are ready to thaw and reheat, place in the slow cooker again.

Beef Carnitas Tacos on a platter with a side of fresh limes

Tips for Slow Cooker Steak Carnitas:

  • Squeeze Fresh Lime – use this to squeeze my limes.  It makes it so easy and we use it for lots of recipes. We use it for all sorts of recipes and it save a ton of time. We love fresh lime juice so it gets lots of use.
  • Boil Meat – To get that crispy edges on the meal, we like to broil the meat.
  • Use Different Seasoning – For added flavor, mix in some onion powder or garlic powder. Bell Peppers would also be great in this recipe.
  • Change the Meat – You can use pork or chicken with this recipe. Pork and Chicken shred very easily and can be also be used in many different ways.
Beef Carnitas Tacos on a platter with a side of fresh limes

Why we Love this recipe:

  • Easy Ingredients – This recipe requires easy ingredients that can be changed to what you have on hand.
  • Crowd Pleaser – If you are looking for a meal that is perfect for a crowd, make this recipe. It make a lot and can be used many different ways.
  • Meal Prep – Make the Beef Carnitas at the beginning of the week and enjoy all week for lunch or dinner.

Print this Slow Cooker Beef Carnitas recipe below:

Slow Cooker Beef Carnitas Recipe

5 from 7 votes
Try Slow Cooker Beef Carnitas Recipe for a meal sure to impress. There are tons of options for this easy beef carnitas recipe from tacos. salads and more.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 hrs
Broil 10 mins
Total Time 10 hrs 20 mins
Servings 6
Cuisine Mexican
Course Main Course
Calories 453
Author Eating on a Dime

Ingredients

  • 4 lbs roast
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 white onion diced
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon chipotle powder
  • 2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 fresh limes juiced

Instructions

  • Place the roast in the slow cooker. I used a 6 quart crock pot.
  • Place the rest of the ingredients on top.
  • Cover and cook on low for 10 hours until the beef is shreddable.
  • Shred the beef.
  • Preheat the broiler.
  • Place the beef on a foil covered cookie sheet.
  • Broil for 10 minutes or until the beef begins to brown and gets crispy.
  • Serve on tortillas and with your favorite taco toppings.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 453kcal, Carbohydrates 6g, Protein 68g, Fat 16g, Saturated Fat 5g, Cholesterol 187mg, Sodium 742mg, Potassium 1161mg, Fiber 2g, Sugar 1g, Vitamin A 615IU, Vitamin C 7.8mg, Calcium 84mg, Iron 7.3mg

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  1. Yes, I would cook this on high pressure for 90 minutes in the instant pot with a quick release. Thank you!