It’s Cinco de Mayo tomorrow!! Yay! And I’ve got a super easy recipe for Slow Cooker Tomatillo Pork to make for the celebration. I love it that everyone gets so excited for the Cinco de Mayo holiday to arrive. Even if you don’t know what Cinco de Mayo is all about, you are probably still going to eat some Mexican food and partake in some sort of a Mexican beverage, just cause. There are always events celebrating the holiday the weekend before and sometimes even after, like in my NH town where they are having a taco challenge. This challenge is where downtown restaurants make their best taco and everyone walks a “taco” route, buying and eating them up, while raising money for local charities. Of course, every year we attend this taco challenge because 1) it raises money for charities 2) there are tacos to be had. It’s always a good time for all.
Since Cinco de Mayo falls on a school night this year, I wanted to do a super easy recipe. One that wouldn’t take a lot of prep time or finishing time, so you know what that means…the slower cooker is coming out!!! I’ve made a similar recipe for Chile Verde pork in the crock pot, where I cut the meat into chucks and brown them first, use fresh tomatillos, and add more varieties of chilies. For this recipe, I didn’t do any of that. I just threw a boneless pork butt in the slow cooker, topped it with a large can of puréed tomatillos, fresh chopped cilantro and some spices, then turned it on low for 8 hours. Super easy was what I wanted and super easy was what I got. It turned out great and yummy enough to post as a recipe. A big two thumbs up from me!
At the end of cooking, the pork can be shredded and used as is or it can be crispy fried in a pan, like carnitas. Put the pork in some soft corn or flour tortillas, spoon it over rice or mashed sweet potatoes, or just eat it on it’s own topped with pico de gallo and other accompaniments. However you like it, it’s a wonderfully easy dish and delicious entree, plus there should be enough leftovers to eat the following night for dinner. Another two-fer recipe. Love me some leftovers!
Whether you make this Easy Slow Cooker Tomatillo Pork for Cinco de Mayo tomorrow or another night for dinner, I hope you enjoy it. Also, later this week I’ll be posting a fantastically easy drink recipe for Thirsty Thursday. It’s not Mexican but it’s close to it, so come back then to check it out 🙂
- 4 pound boneless pork butt trimmed of excess fat
- 2 cups puréed fresh or canned tomatillos
- 1/2 cup cilantro chopped
- 1/2 cup yellow onion chopped
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 2 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1 large lime
- optional accompaniments: pico de gallo shredded cheese, chopped cilantro, chopped jalapeños, chopped tomatoes, chopped green onions, sliced avocados, salsa, sour cream, and soft flour or corn tortillas
Place pork butt in slow cooker. Cover the pork with all the ingredients EXCEPT the lime and optional accompaniments. Place lid on top of slow cooker and cook on high for 6 hours or low for 8 hours.
Remove pork from slow cooker and shred into smaller pieces with two forks. Place the shredded pork back in slow cooker with the leftover sauce and sprinkle with the fresh lime juice. Stir well. Serve with optional accompaniments, if desired.
Enjoy and Happy Cinco de Mayo!!