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Slow Cooker Korean-Style Beef Tacos

Slow Cooker Korean-Style Beef Tacos

When Taco Tuesday happens to coincide with the release of the new Skinnytaste Fast and Slow Cookbook*, what’s a girl to do besides make these Slow Cooker Korean-Style Beef Tacos from the book to share with you all? That was my line of thinking anyway, so today is your lucky day! These tacos are so good. The beef is tender and flavorful from being marinated and slow cooked and it pairs perfectly with the bright, crisp cucumber slaw and the heat from the gochujang sauce. Giving your taco night a Korean-style twist is also a fun way to introduce some variety and your family or friends will definitely be impressed that you’ve stepped up your game in the gourmet taco department.

I’m sure many of you are already familiar with the lovely and talented Gina Homolka and her food blog, Skinnytaste. You may even own her first book, The Skinnytaste Cookbook. I was a fan of Gina’s site long before I started blogging and Skinnytaste was one of my major inspirations in starting my own blog. I tend to think of Gina as the OG (that’s “Original Gangster” for the uninitiated) of lightened-up food blogging and I will always look up to her and be excited for her successes. For all these reasons and more, I was thrilled to be sent an advanced copy of Gina’s new cookbook, Skinnytaste Fast and Slow. The concept of this book is genius. It’s a cookbook meant for busy people who want to eat healthy (that’s all of us, am I right?) and is full of light and flavorful recipes that can either be completed in under 30 minutes (fast) or can be easily prepped and cooked in a slow cooker (slow). I told you it was genius.

Skinnytaste Fast and Slow Cookbook

The book contains everything from breakfasts to sides to main dishes and desserts and it has icons throughout the book marking recipes as vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free and freezer-friendly. It also offers nutrition information for each recipe, making it easy for those who are tracking calories or points. When I received the book I marked a bunch of recipes to try with post-it notes and after making these Slow Cooker Korean-Style Beef Tacos, I can’t wait to try more.

Slow Cooker Korean-Style Beef Tacos

Skinnytaste Fast and Slow is on sale starting today and you can order a copy here on Amazon (affiliate) or go to your local Barnes & Noble or Target to pick up a copy of your own!

Looking for more Taco Night recipes? Check out my Spicy Steak Tacos with Southwestern Guacamole, Taco Chicken Salad, Easy Taco Cups, Fiesta Hummus, Doritos Taco Salad, Spicy Beef Taquitos, Shredded Mexican Chicken and more in my recipe index!

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Slow Cooker Korean-Style Beef Tacos

Yield: 6 (2 taco) servings

Ingredients:

Steak

  • 1 ¼ lbs lean and trimmed flank steak, cut across the grain into 4 pieces
  • ¼ cup reduced- sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • ¼ cup chopped onion
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • ½ tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

Slaw

  • 2 cups cucumber matchsticks (thin, short slices)
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 ½ tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

Tacos

  • 12 (6 inch) corn tortillas
  • 2 tablespoons gochujang sauce (I was only able to find it as a paste, but you can easily mix a tablespoon of the paste with a tablespoon of water to create a thinner sauce – alternatively you can substitute Sriracha if you can’t find gochujang!)
  • 1 cup chopped green leaf lettuce
  • 1 scallion, sliced
  • 12 lime wedges, for serving

Directions:

*This recipe requires some planning as you should marinate the steak overnight before transferring to the slow cooker*

  1. Place the flank steak pieces in a large shallow container or in a gallon Ziploc bag (I used the bag). In a small bowl, combine the soy sauce, sesame oil, onion, garlic, brown sugar, ginger and red pepper flakes to create the marinade. Pour the marinade over the steak and move it around to coat. Allow the beef to marinate overnight (or through the day if you’ll be cooking it overnight) in your refrigerator. Mine marinated for about 12 hours.
  2. When the beef is done marinating, transfer it along with the marinade into your slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours. Remove the beef to a cutting board and shred using two forks (beef should be very tender). Reserve ¼ cup of the liquid from the slow cooker and discard the rest. Return the beef and the reserved ¼ cup of liquid to the slow cooker.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine all the ingredients for the slaw and stir until well combined. Set aside.
  4. Heat the tortillas in the microwave or in a dry skillet over medium heat for 30-60 seconds on each side. To build the tacos, divide the lettuce evenly among the tortillas and top each one with ¼ cup of the shredded beef, ½ teaspoon of gochujang or sriracha and ¼ cup of the slaw. Sprinkle the scallions over the top and serve with the lime wedges to be squeezed over the filling.

Weight Watchers SmartPoints:
7 per (2 taco) serving (SP calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)

Weight Watchers Points Plus:
8 per (2 taco) serving (P+ calculated using a Weight Watchers brand PointsPlus calculator and the nutrition information below from Skinnytaste Fast and Slow)

Nutrition Information per (2 taco) serving as published in Skinnytaste Fast and Slow:
302 calories, 34 g carbs, 8 g sugars, 8 g fat, 2.5 g saturated fat, 25 g protein, 5 g fiber

Recipe from Skinnytaste Fast and Slow by Gina Homolka

   
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9 Responses to “Slow Cooker Korean-Style Beef Tacos”

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    Anna — October 14, 2016 @ 2:27 pm

    I tend to have trouble with flank steak being tough regardless of how I try to cook/marinate it. Did you find that it was tender prepared in this recipe?

    • Emily Bites replied: — October 14th, 2016 @ 8:09 pm

      I did find it tender 🙂

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    Erica — October 15, 2016 @ 11:58 pm

    Would it be possible to substitute another type of meat in this recipe? Thanks!

    • LisaBeeCee replied: — December 4th, 2016 @ 7:04 am

      I would substitute a pork shoulder, Em has another recipe that does that & it’s awesome!

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    Stephanie — October 17, 2016 @ 11:24 am

    I plan on trying this for Taco Tuesday. But there are only 2 of us, any suggestions on what to make with the leftovers?

    • Emily Bites replied: — October 17th, 2016 @ 12:01 pm

      I ate my leftovers straight up with the slaw (so good) but you could definitely serve them over rice and it would be delicious. Enjoy!

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    Lauren — October 19, 2016 @ 7:28 pm

    Do I put the 1/4 cup chopped onion in with the marinade? I don’t see where to add it in the instructions.

    • Lauren replied: — October 19th, 2016 @ 7:30 pm

      Just kidding….I see it now 🙂

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    Stephanie — October 26, 2016 @ 9:00 am

    So I did make them for Taco Tuesday, I found them to be very tender. I would add a little more heat next time. I also went out and got the cookbook, even though the last thing I need is another cookbook!

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