Break out the crock pot for this Easy Slow Cooker Pork in a Tomatillo Sauce flavored with cilantro, garlic, onions, and cumin. A delicious filling for taco, burritos, or low carb it and eat it on it's own!
An easy slow cooker pork recipe for Cinco de Mayo
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. Since it falls on a school night this year, I wanted dinner to be 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, but it had a few more steps to it. I cut the meat into chucks, browned them first, used fresh tomatillos, and added chilies.
For this recipe, I didn't do any of that. I just threw a boneless pork butt in the slow cooker and added a large can of tomatillos with some cilantro and spices. Then I turned the cooker on low for 8 hours. Super easy and super lazy, but it turned out great!
Slow cooked pork in a flavorful tomatillo sauce
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. Squeeze a little fresh lime on top and put the pork in soft corn or flour tortillas as tacos or burritos.
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!
Even though we are celebrating Cinco de Mayo at home this year, we are celebrating it again the weekend after at a taco challenge. This challenge is where all the downtown restaurants make their best taco and everyone walks a "taco" route, buying them and eating them up. All the money is raised for local charities, so we don't feel bad ordering and eating a sh*t ton of tacos. Heeheehee.
Hope you enjoy this Easy Slow Cooker Pork Tomatillo Style for Cinco de Mayo and be sure to PIN IT for later.
Easy Slow Cooker Tomatillo Pork
- 4 pound boneless pork butt trimmed of excess fat
- 2 cups puréed fresh or canned tomatillos
- ½ cup cilantro chopped
- ½ cup yellow onion chopped
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon 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.
Recipe Notes & Tips:
- No slow cooker? Cook the pork in a oven! In an oiled Dutch oven over medium-heat heat, brown the pork roast on all sides. Push pork to one side, add the chopped onion and garlic and lightly brown, then add all remaining ingredients. Cover and cook it in a preheated 325F/163C oven for 2-3 hours.