Salsa Verde Easy Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

This Salsa Verde Easy Slow Cooker Pulled Pork is embarrassing me.

Easy Salsa Verde Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

I’d like to tell you that this juicy, spicy, and oh-so-saucy meal that prompted Ben to propose to me all over again was a product of careful flavor planning, spice grinding, mother saucing, and generally impressive, difficult-to-pronounce culinary technique. Sous vide! Flambé! Gratiné!

The truth, however, looks less Julia Child and more…

The EASIEST Salsa Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Use jarred salsa to make the easiest slow cooker pulled pork

Yes friends. My secret to cooking the meal that earned the highest distinction of household praise—an urgent request that I make it every week—is a jar of store-bought green salsa. All together, this easy slow cooker pulled pork recipe is seven ingredients, two of which are sugar and salt, yet its flavor is rich, complex and addictive. Honestly, it’s so simple and the results are so fantastic, I’m starting to wonder why I make anything else.

Easy Slow Cooker Pulled Pork made with salsa verde

Ready for the recipe directions? Dump, stir, turn on the slow cooker. That’s it! In the slow cooker, the pork absorbs the flavor of the salsa and becomes fall-apart, melt-in-your-mouth tender. We tend to like food hot around here, so I picked a spicy jalapeno salsa, but choose whichever level of spice best suits your family’s taste.

Salsa Verde Pulled Pork {Easy Slow Cooker Pulled Pork}

I served this easy slow cooker pulled pork over brown rice with sour cream and avocado, but it would be equally delicious as a taco filling or mixed up with black beans, Chipotle burrito bowl-style.

Salsa Verde Easy Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Though long afternoons spent lovingly preparing elaborate meals are special and have their place on occasion, for the days when time is too little and energy too faint, recipes like this Salsa Verde Easy Slow Cooker Pulled Pork are a treasure. Seven ingredients, three steps, marriage proposal-inducing results.

Easy Slow Cooker Pulled Pork with Salsa VerdePut a ring on it.

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Salsa Verde Easy Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

An easy recipe for juicy, spicy slow cooker pulled pork that’s perfect to serve with rice or use as a filling for tacos. With only 5 minutes of prep time, this recipe is sure to become a weeknight favorite.


Yield: Serves 6

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 6 hours

Total Time: 6 hours 5 minutes

Ingredients:

For the Pork



For Serving (optional):



  • Prepared rice or corn tortillas

  • Shredded cheese

  • Sour cream

  • Freshly chopped cilantro

  • Lime wedges


Directions:

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38 comments

  1. Anything made in a slow cooker is getting saved to my MUST MAKE list.  You get bonus points for a Mexican flavor.

  2. You had me at Salsa Verde – whether you made it or not! This looks SO flavorful!

  3. Haha I love the ease of this – honestly, jarred salsa verde is way easier than making it from scratch and I even have a recipe on my blog for that. Sure, it makes you look awesome but geez, I sometimes don’t have the time after work. This is a great alternative, Erin!

  4. I mean, if it comes with a proposal, I’m down. 

  5. I am all about an easy dinner option. This pulled pork is perfect. And I know my hubster would love it because he loves spicy. He never has to know that I didn’t slave for it. ;-)

  6. Pork and me are a match made in heaven <3

  7. Dude, pork is where it’s at!! So actioning this week!! 

  8. Easy recipes like this make week-night dinners happen at my house! Thanks for sharing this! We’ll be trying it with tacos and black beans!

  9. Nothing wrong with a little shortcut to help keep you sane! And the possibilities are endless with what you could do this pork — I vote for tacos! 

  10. We all need recipes like this – they keep us out of the drive-through, right? And I guarantee that nothing out of a drive-through window tastes half as good as this! I’m thinking enchiladas for this pork verde goodness! Thanks, Erin!

  11. This looks so good & easy and I bet you could freeze any leftovers, too! I’m gonna do it! (Cooking pork usually scares me but this seems doable!)

  12. I see NO reason to be embarrassed here, only proud. Because you’ve officially given me a weeknight meal idea I know I’ll be using on a weekly basis. *holla hands emoji*

  13. Love the shortcuts! No shame in that. Heading over to Imperial Sugar for the recipe. See ya later!

  14. This looks delicious!  I love quick and easy meals like that, so handy to have those!

  15. Every time I make a slow cooker meal or skillet recipe using a simple sauce like this and no effort, my husband praises it too! I love time in the kitchen, but I can always get away with some extra free time if I need it thanks to recipes like these!

  16. My boyfriend just saw over my shoulder at your photos, and asked what this was, and if I was going to make it for him.. I told him it’s supposed to make your boyfriend propose to you, and he sounds intrigued! I think I might have to try this trick ;)

  17. Kentucky Lady 717 Reply

    This looks wonderful Erin…….good job :)

  18. Genius! I’ve been all about crockpot meals lately. Sending this one to my friend, Cairi, who is obsessed with salsa verde! Maybe we’ll have it for dinner this Friday :)

  19. I loveeee me some salsa verde – I could drink it almost!! haha This pork looks delicious!

  20. I was having a rather heated convo with a friend recently about salsa verde, he was adamant his was better than any store bought around. You got a proposal out of this one, me thinks I better invest in a jar and see what he thinks. Haha! Lovely recipe Erin. Adding to my weekday dinner menu. :)

  21. What a yummy idea for pulled-pork! It looks so fresh and flavor! Pinned :)

  22. Isn’t it always the really simple recipes that get the most praise? Spend hours on it, and you’ll get some nice words, but spend 10 minutes on it and they beg for more. LOL

  23. Haha I love easy recipes like this, especially when it’s made in the slow cooker! Nothing wrong with shortcuts for those days you need it.  This looks fabulous!

  24. I made this tonight–my whole family loved it! Thanks for a super easy, delicious recipe! 

  25. I  made it and it turned out great! I’m so glad you talked about the fact that short cuts can taste just as good as food that takes longer to prepare. It’s something that I  truly believe. I don’t want to be a snob when it comes to cooking. I just want to serve food that tastes great!

  26. This recipe is a man-magnet.  Hubby is swooning.  Keep ’em coming Erin, I might be able to score some jewelry.

  27. Sorry if I’m overlooking it… but what cut of pork did you use? just a couple pounds of chops?

    Thanks,
    Sarah

  28. Hi! I love this recipe and I’ve made it at least a dozen times now. One thing I would like to say for the people wondering about the cut of meat to use…There are several cuts of pork that will work fine! I’ve used pork loin, pork tenderloin, and pork butt (as selection at my small grocery store can be different day to day) and all have turned out wonderful. I actually prefer the pork tenderloin over the other cuts! It holds up very well surprisingly and turns out deliciously tender.

    I’ve also tried it with several different salsas. I’ve used the one Erin used and actually didn’t care for it. There’s a brand my grocery store carries called World Table and I think it tastes the best, but of course this is up to interpretation! I have a pork tenderloin in the Crock Pot with some World Table salsa right now. I can’t wait for dinner! :)

    P.S. I’m not saying this recipe caused my now husband to propose, but it did happen a week after I first made this for dinner. ;)

    • Maggie, this comment was so fun to read!!! Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts about the recipe, as well as the different variations you have tried. It is so helpful to others. Also, CONGRATS on your wedding. I have a stir fry that I feel that way about (the Thai peanut stir fry from my archives), and I love telling people Ben proposed shortly after I made it :)

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