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Coffee-Spiked Slow Cooker Beef Carnitas Recipe

Take 10 minutes to throw this Coffee-Spiked Beef Carnitas recipe in the slow cooker in the morning, and you'll come home to endless possibilities for dinner!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 days 8 hours
Servings 10 servings
Calories 229kcal

Ingredients

Beef Carnitas:

Optional Serving Ideas for a Carnitas Salad Bowl:

  • Salad greens such as baby kale, spinach, romaine lettuce, etc.
  • Chopped tomato
  • Sliced avocado
  • Chopped red onion
  • Fresh cilantro leaves
  • Crumbled queso fresco or cotija cheese see Note

Instructions

  • Mix together the smoked sweet paprika, cumin, coriander, salt, thyme, paprika, black pepper, coffee, and coconut sugar in a medium bowl.
  • Place the roast in the bottom of the slow cooker and sprinkle the spice mix on top (use the entire amount of the spice mixture). Add the onions on the top and sides of the meat, and then pour in the beef stock.
  • Cover the slow cooker and cook on LOW for 8 hours, or until the meat is tender enough to pull apart easily with 2 forks. (Avoid the temptation to open the slow cooker while it cooks.)
  • Pull the meat apart with 2 forks and serve any way you like (such as tacos, salad bowls, rice bowls, etc.).

Notes

  • Net Carbs: 4g per serving
  • Low Carb and Keto Version: To lower the carbs to 2g net carbs per serving, omit the coconut sugar and use 1 tablespoon keto brown sugar.
  • Nutritional Information: Information given for this recipe is for the Beef Carnitas only and doesn't include the optional serving ideas for a Carnitas Salad Bowl.
  • Crumbled Queso Fresco or Cotija: These Mexican cheeses are fairly easy to find at Mexican grocery stores, specialty cheese shops, and even large grocery stores that have a refrigerated case in their international food department. If you can’t find either of these types of cheese though, you can substitute crumbled goat cheese or a mildly salty feta.
  • Storage: Store leftovers covered in the fridge for up to 4 days.

How to Make Instant Pot Beef Carnitas

  1. Make the spice mix. Just mix the spices all together!
  2. Dump it in the Instant Pot. Place the roast in the bottom of the Instant Pot and sprinkle the spice mix on top (use the entire amount of the spice mixture). Add the onions on the top, and then pour in the beef stock. Reduce the amount of beef stock to 3/4 cup.
  3. Set it and forget it. Cover the Instant Pot, making sure to set the lid to “Sealing”, and cook on “Manual, High Pressure” for 60 minutes. Once it’s done cooking, let it do a natural pressure release for 15 minutes before venting the steam and opening the pot.
  4. Shred the meat and devour! Pull the meat apart with 2 forks and serve it up.

Nutrition

Calories: 229kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 78mg | Sodium: 507mg | Potassium: 489mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 319IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 3mg