Favorite Recipes from Fill Your Plate Moms: Crock Pot Carnitas Tacos

Editor’s Note: We’ve asked some of our Fill Your Plate “Moms” to share some of their favorite recipes, especially those that can fill up the family and do it in a healthy way!


So, one of our first Moms to submit is Leysa Rought of Winkelman, Arizona. Her family moved to the small mining community in 1980. A real estate agent for Weichert, Realtors-Lake Realty in Gold Canyon (yes, she drives that far for work), she loves living in a smaller hometown community. Prior to real estate, Leysa worked as a veterinary technician and for a time owned her own business, Body ‘N’ Such Creations. She produced 100% natural handmade soaps and spa products. She’s a graduate of Central Community College with an associates in agricultural business. Leysa has three nieces and a nephew that have lived with her on and off that are like her own children with two great nieces and a great nephew and two on the way. She loves to hike, read, ride, garden and most of all cook for family and friends. 


Crock Pot Carnitas Tacos


I found this Pintrest and with my nephew living next door and his buddies hanging out after work, I thought this would be a recipe to try.  It would be great for any party, pot luck or quick family dinner.


  • 2 lbs flank steakTaco fixin's
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped
  • Spice rub
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • ¼ tsp onion powder
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • For Serving , you are going want
  • Corn tortillas and fixin’s

I used cilantro, avocado, lime, queso fresco and pico de gallo.  You can use whatever your family prefers.


Mix together all the spices in a small bowl. Rub them generously on both sides of the flank steak. Place your flank steak in the bottom of your crock pot and allow to cook in it’s own juices for 8 hours. Remove meat from the crock pot and shred with two forks. Meat with be very juicy and tender. Warm your tortillas in the bottom of a skillet. These will make soft tacos and then top with your choice of fixings.

Carnitas tacos

You can do this in the morning or let it cook overnight and have it ready to go.

I served this buffet  style last night and it was a big hit with everyone. It came out very juicy and flavorful. I can’t wait to go home and have some left overs!




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