Slow Cooker Carne Asada Tacos Recipe

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Slow cooker carne asada tacos

Easy and Delicious Slow Cooker Steak Tacos!

Make these slow cooker carne asada tacos for an easy weeknight meal! They are yummy enough (especially with the gourmet sauce) that you can serve them for a Sunday dinner or with guests as well. The steak and aioli would probably be awesome over a salad too!

london broil for slow cooker carne asada tacos

Choosing the Right Steak

A thin cut of steak is ideal, like London broil or flank. Just go with whichever is cheaper at the time. Then, slice across the grain to help keep it tender. I like to keep the slices 1/2-inch to 1-inch wide and a few inches long.

slow cooker carne asada taco seasoning

Slow Cooker Tips

I like using a slow cooker liner, but you can also just spray the slow cooker with a non-stick cooking spray before adding the meat. Just to help ensure the spices are evenly distributed, I mixed them into the salsa before pouring it into the slow cooker with the meat. No additional dirty dishes needed. 😉

carne asada taco meat in slow cooker

Add it all to the slow cooker, stir to combine, and let it cook. Easy peasy. (I use a 4-quart slow cooker for this recipe.)

chipotle sauce for carne asada tacos

Making the Chipotle Sauce

If you’re like me, aioli is not a common word in your vocabulary. In fact, I think I had never even heard that word until about a year ago when someone played it in Words with Friends. Ha. Anyway, I looked it up and it is a French word that refers to a sauce which is a garlic-flavored mayonnaise. There can be many variations!

This particular sauce is mayonnaise, garlic, chipotle peppers in adobo, cilantro, cumin, lime juice, and salt and pepper. It is a bit spicy on its own, but when you drizzle it over your steak and add other toppings, it is really the perfect touch of flavor. I think this sauce takes it from a good steak taco to an awesome one.

la costena chipotle peppers in adobo sauce

By the way, if you haven’t used chipotle peppers in adobo sauce before, do not fear. You can do it! Find it easily in the Hispanic foods section at any grocery store, not far from the green chilies.

Pull the peppers out of the can, letting the extra sauce drip back into the can. Slit each pepper open and gently rinse or scrape the seeds out. Then chop up the peppers a bit.

In a food processor or blender, blend the chopped peppers with the adobo sauce. Freeze the leftovers in 1-teaspoon amounts. (I use an ice cube tray to freeze the individual portions.) Then you have some to use next time or in these other great recipes:

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Slow cooker carne asada recipe

Slow Cooker Carne Asada Tacos Recipe

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Prep Time: 10 mins | Cook Time: 3-8 hours
Yield: 2 lbs | Serves: 6-8 servings

Ingredients

  • Steak Tacos:

  • 2 pounds London broil steak or flank steak, thinly sliced across the grain
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 (10 oz) can diced tomatoes with green chilies (like Rotel)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • flour or corn tortillas
  • taco toppings: cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, avocados, green onions, etc
  • Chipotle Aioli:

  • 6 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons chopped chipotle chiles in adobo
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 4 teaspoons fresh lime juice
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Spray slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray or use a liner.
  2. Place sliced steak in the slow cooker.
  3. Mix the cumin and chili powder into the salsa.
  4. Pour the salsa mixture and diced tomatoes over the steak.
  5. Stir until combined and steak is coated.
  6. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours.
  7. Making the Chipotle Aioli Sauce

  8. Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
  9. To Serve

  10. Scoop meat onto tortillas, top with your favorite taco toppings, and drizzle with the chipotle aioli.
Ingredients: Avocado, Beef, Cheese, Chili powder, Chipotle Chiles in Adobo Sauce, Cilantro, Cumin, Garlic, Green Onion, Lettuce, Lime, Lime Juice, Mayonnaise, Pepper, Salsa, Salt, Tomato, Tortillas
Meal Type: Main Dish, Gluten Free
Categories: Meat and Poultry, Mexican, Slow Cooker

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