Slow Cooker Beef Carnitas – Tender, slow cooked beef just begging to make the best tacos or burrito bowls you’ve ever eaten. Gluten free & paleo friendly!
Post updated Oct 2017. Originally posted June 2013.
First off: I know. These are NOT authentic. Carnitas are traditionally made with pork braised in oil or lard until tender. I skip the oil/lard, and swap pork for beef. I couldn’t say no to our taco craving!
Tacos are a major favorite at our house, but I have to admit that I’m not usually satisfied with a ground beef taco. It feels like the peanut-butter-and-grape-jelly-on-Wonder-bread of tacos. They get the job done, but I always feel like there’s something I could do better, add more flavor, or make them more exciting.
Sometimes that’s whipping up a batch of fish tacos with a yummy marinade, or loading them up with grilled veggies and beans for a meatless twist, but shredde
d beef tacos will probably be Michael’s forever favorite.
I don’t always have time to babysit braising meat, I love turning to my slow cooker for situations like these. Enter: Slow Cooker Beef Carnitas!