This Salsa Verde Easy Slow Cooker Pulled Pork recipe is embarrassing me. You’ll soon find out why one of the best crockpot recipes for pork can be life changing.

Platter of salsa verde pulled pork made in a slow cooker

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 like Stuffed Pork Tenderloin and Julia Child and more…

The EASIEST Salsa Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

jar of green salsa to make salsa verde pulled pork

Why I Love This Easy Recipe

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.

Altogether, 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.

overhead image of a jar of salsa verde and fresh cilantro

Easy Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Recipe Directions

Are you ready to see how easy this 7 ingredient salsa verde pork recipe is to make? It’s the easiest crockpot recipe. EVER.

  • Dump your salsa verde pulled pork ingredients into a crock pot
  • Stir everything to combine
  • 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.

plate of crock pot pulled pork made with green salsa

I served this easy slow cooker pulled pork over brown rice with sour cream and avocado, but it would be equally delicious as filling for tacos or mixed up with black beans, Chipotle burrito bowl-style. Or go all out and serve it with Kristen’s easy Mexican Quinoa Salad or Deborah’s Mexican Corn Salad.

plate of pulled pork made in a crock pot seasoned with jarred green salsa

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 are a treasure. Seven ingredients, three steps, marriage proposal-inducing results.

Put a ring on it.

platter of Easy Slow Cooker Pulled Pork with Salsa Verde

More Fast Slow Cooker Dinners

plate of salsa verde easy slow cooker pulled pork

Salsa Verde Easy Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

5 from 6 votes
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.

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 6 hrs
Total: 6 hrs 5 mins

Servings: 6 servings


  • 16 ounces prepared salsa verde green salsa
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic about 4 cloves
  • 2 teaspoons Imperial Sugar Extra Fine Granulated Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 pork loin 2-1/2 to 3-pounds, trimmed of excess fat

For serving

  • Prepared rice or corn tortillas
  • Shredded cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Freshly chopped cilantro
  • Lime wedges


Serving: 1(of 6)Calories: 300kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 43gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 119mgPotassium: 911mgFiber: 1gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 881IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 26mgIron: 2mg

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  1. 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. :)

    1. Oh I bet his homemade version is amazing, but for dumping in the crockpot, the jar does the trick :-)

  2. 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

  3. 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!

    1. I’m so happy to hear that Gilliane!! Thanks so much for trying the recipe and letting me know. I really appreciate it. Have a great night, and enjoy the leftovers (if you have any :) )

  4. 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!5 stars

    1. Hi Tina! I love your philosophy, and I am so happy that you enjoyed this recipe. Thanks so much for letting me know how it turned out!

  5. This recipe is a man-magnet.  Hubby is swooning.  Keep ’em coming Erin, I might be able to score some jewelry.5 stars

    1. Whooo hooo! It’s diamonds from here on out :) Thanks so much Heather. I’m thrilled you all enjoyed it!

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


    1. Hi Sarah! I used pork loin (that’s the name of the cut. It’s similar to tenderloin, but has a bit more fat so it holds up better in the slow cooker.) You can find the full list of ingredients on the Imperial Sugar website. Link is in the recipe ingredients section. Hope you enjoy the dish!

  7. 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. ;)5 stars

    1. 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 :)

  8. This is soooo delicious, moist, flavorful, versatile, and the killer is it is simple to make.
    Loving it!!!!!5 stars

  9. I made this a few weeks ago and it was seriously so good and so easy! I am going to make it again this week and was wondering what you think about doubling it so I can freeze and use for an even easier weekday meal? I appreciate any thoughts. Thanks!5 stars

    1. I’m so happy that you enjoyed it, Barrett! Thank you for sharing this kind review! I think you could double (as long as it all fits in your slow cooker) and freeze this, but I haven’t tried it myself.

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