Thursday, May 16, 2013

Crock Pot Beef Carnitas

I once read an article about recipes that were found on pinterest, and it listed the top five reasons why the pins for food are awful.  One of the reasons is all the crockpot recipes.  It said in the article, "It doesn't help that the Mormons give a crockpot away with every baptism."  I about fell out of my chair laughing.  I have been to several baptisms, and little does this lady know that we give out one for the baptized and we raffle off two others.  :)  I enjoy my crockpot, but I only use it about once a month.  This recipe was definitely one of the better crockpot recipes that I have done.  I mean, who doesn't like shredded beef tacos?  Besides my son... Who doesn't like them?  No one.  That's who.  The smell of the beef, peppers, and onions will taunt you all day long but it will be worth it in the end.  

Crock Pot Beef Carnitas

2 lb flank steak
1 yellow onion, chopped
1 red pepper, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
1 jalapeno, seeded and diced

for spice rub:
2 t chili powder
1 t cumin
1/4 t onion powder
1/4 t garlic powder
1/4 t cayenne
1 t salt
1/2 t black pepper

chopped avocado
diced onion
chopped cilantro
chopped tomatoes
sour cream
Any other toppings you'd like

Sprinkle half of the rub on one side of the steak and spread it around.  Flip it over and repeat with the remaining rub.  Use it all up!

Place the steak in the bottom of your crockpot.

Top with the onions, peppers, and jalapeno.

Cook on low for eight hours.

After the time is up, remove the meat and shred it with two forks.  If you have a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, put chunks of the meat in the mixer bowl with the paddle attachment and turn it on low.  Be prepared to have your mind blown.  It shred the meat perfectly within a minute.

Heat the tortillas in the microwave for about 30 seconds.  Serve the warm tortillas with the beef carnitas and toppings.

This is really easy and really fast!  It's amazingly tender, too.

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