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Slow Cooker Beef Carnitas - Tender beef cooked in the crock pot! These make amazing tacos, burritos, burrito bowls, taco salads, and more! (gluten free, paleo friendly)

Slow Cooker Beef Carnitas

  • Author: One Lovely Life, adapted from Eat Live Run
  • Total Time: 4 hours 20 minutes
  • Yield: about 8 servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


If your slow-cooker has a removable crock, you can prep this the night before. Follow all steps up until cooking and refrigerate overnight. The next morning, put the crock in the slow cooker, set it to low, and you’re ready to go!




  • 23 lbs beef chuck roast
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1 onion, sliced (I like sweet onions)
  • 1 green pepper, sliced
  • 1 red pepper, sliced
  • 1 (4oz) can diced green chiles (don’t drain)


  • corn tortillas*
  • your favorite taco toppings: shredded lettuce, salsa, guacamole, cheese, sour cream, cilantro, etc.


  1. If desired, brown your beef roast in a pan or Dutch oven. Heat a small drizzle of oil over medium heat, add the beef roast and cook 5-7 minutes per side, or until it’s very browned and crisped.
  2. Place roast in the slow cooker. In a small bowl, whisk together chili powder, salt, pepper, cumin, smoked paprika, garlic powder, and onion powder. Sprinkle spice mixture over the roast. Add onion, bell peppers, and green chiles over the roast as well.
  3. Cook on HIGH 3-4 hours or LOW 7-8 hours, or until beef is pull-apart tender. (You should be able to easily shred it with a fork or a pair of tongs).


*Gluten & Dairy Free Notes: not all corn tortillas are gluten free. Read your package to be sure. We like Tortilla Land cook-your-own corn tortillas. They’re gluten and dairy free and are delicious and soft (i.e. they don’t crack or split when you bend them). Also, this is common sense, but skip cheese and sour cream if you’re dairy free.

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 hours
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Tex-Mex

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