Tender, flavorful shredded slow cooker pork with salsa verde is great for tacos, rice bowls, nachos - any of your favorites!
So my oven is dead. Totally broken. Not working at all. No oven for me.
This is problem enough for a devoted home cook who makes all of our own food. And more of a problem for a home cook who also adores baking. Especially one with kids who adore muffins of all varieties at all meal and snack times of the day.
But you add food blogger into the mix and it’s just really a sad state of affairs. #totallyfeelingsorryformyself
Oh, and it’s going to be at least 2, probably 3, weeks until we get a replacement. Sweet. 😒
So yeah, I’ve been using my slow cooker a lot. It’s working overtime for me. Which has actually been a bit of a blessing in disguise.
I’ve had my go-to recipes for a while now (like my slow cooker Mediterranean chicken, chick peas and our almost weekly deli turkey) but this winter I’ve been experimenting so I can expand my repertoire and add more easy meals for us.
It’s such a relief knowing that our dinner is cooking away and I can just relax and enjoy the afternoon (post-work at least) with the kiddos.
We can go to the playground, run errands, read books, do puzzles, play card games (a new favorite pastime for M - and me, to be honest!) and dinner is cooking all the while.
Kinda makes me feel like a superhero!
And today's recipe is a definite keeper.
Slow cooker salsa verde pork
This is a great, easy, dump-and-get-on-with-it sort-of slow cooker meal. Those are my favorite. ❤️
Also, this shredded pork can be used in so many ways. I love it for a pork tacos dinner - hello #tacoTuesday, my favorite trend!
It’s also amazing piled up on a rice bowl, it’s a fun twist for quesadillas and it’s even great for wraps or nachos - so many possibilities!
My kind of versatile dinner 🙂
Which is a great bonus for slow cooker meals when you have lots of leftovers. Make a big batch, have pork tacos that night and then use it in different ways throughout the week for other dinners. Or lunches.
Plus, you can freeze leftovers for another night. It's lovely not having to worry over dinner!
And, one last bonus for you, shredded pork is a great finger food for little ones if you have any of those underfoot.
Slow cooker to the rescue once again!
And for those of you with ovens, well, send some muffins my way, wouldya?
Slow cooker salsa verde pork tacos
Tender, flavorful slow cooker shredded pork with salsa verde is great for tacos, rice bowls and nachos!
- 2 pounds pork tenderloin, trimmed
- 1 (12 oz.) beer (see notes)
- 1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 (16 oz.) jar salsa verde, divided
- Place pork tenderloin in the slow cooker. Pour the beer over the pork.
- Mix together the spices in a small bowl. Sprinkle the tops of the pork with the spice mixture.
- Spoon half of the jar of salsa verde over the pork (save the rest for later).
- Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3 ½ to 4 hours.
- Remove pork and shred with two forks. It should fall apart very easily.
- Drain all but ½ cup of the liquid in the slow cooker. Then return the shredded pork to the slow cooker and add reserved liquid and remaining salsa verde. Stir to combine and let sit, covered, in the slow cooker on warm for 10 minutes to help the pork absorb the flavors.
- Serve as tacos, rice bowls, quesadillas, nachos - however you like!
You can sub chicken or beef broth for the beer if you’d prefer.
Here’s my recipe and tips for perfect brown rice, which makes a lovely pairing with this shredded pork.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 171Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 83mgSodium: 352mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 30g
This looks absolutely delicious. I LOVE tacos!! But I do hope that you get your oven fixed - definitely not a fun situation for a home cook.
I'm a taco addict myself! And thank you - it's looking like the new one might come sooner than expected. 🙂 Great news, because I'm getting antsy!
Sherri @ Watch Learn Eat
I love tacos and these pork tacos look phenomenal! Great for a change up to our regular Taco Tuesday! Awesome recipe!
Thanks Sherri! They do make for a fun twist on our usual go-to taco night plans 🙂
I've grown to love salsa verde and your use of it with these pork tacos is spot on!
Thanks! Salsa verde does have such great flavor!
Sam | Ahead of Thyme
I need to bring out my slow cooker!! Great recipe, thanks for sharing!
Thanks Sam! I've definitely been using my slow cooker more this past year - such a great go-to for busy weeks 🙂
Trisha @ Home Sweet Homemade
So easy! I love it! Pinned!
Thanks Trisha! And yes, very easy indeed!
Sam @ PancakeWarriors
I'm pretty sure I would have a nervous breakdown without the oven lol! I love that you have been able to use the crockpot though, talk about major time saver!! Dave would love this recipe!!
It's been touch and go, Sam. Touch and go. 🙂 At least I've got some easy skillet and crock pot recipes to keep me sane. That and a TON of muffins and goodies stashed away in the freezer!
Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary
Oh no! Your oven is out?! That's a sad catastrophe for sure, Kathryn! Aaaannnddd 2-3 weeks before it gets fixed? Eeek! I feel your pain, girlfriend. Fingers crossed the oven fairy delivers you a sparkly oven miracle STAT! 😉 Thank goodness for the slow cooker, though! These tacos look delicious! Tender, shredded pork perfection! And I love that you used salsa verde! Gahh! I'll take two for each hand please! Cheers, lady and hang in there! <3
Aw, thanks for commiserating with me 🙂 Looks like it's going to get here a bit faster - details TBD but I'm hopeful. And at least we can eat on tacos and rice bowls and all manner of other delicious slow cooker pork dinners in the meantime 🙂 XO
Michelle | The Secret Ingredient Is
I'm convinced tacos make everything better, so hopefully you're hanging in there without a working oven! Thank god for slow cookers in the winter, I'm sure it is giving you more reason to get creative with meal planning! These pork tacos are making me want to switch up my normal taco night recipes, LOVE salsa verde - everything looks delicious!
Thanks Michelle! Tacos do make everything better, so that helps 🙂 And yes - it was fortunate that it's winter and I can go to town on dinners in the slow cooker!!
I was going to say "who needs an oven when you have a slow cooker??" but then I read that it will be 2-3 weeks before you get one. OUCH! I've been feeling all bad lately because the dishwasher in our new house broke and the replacement one I want is back-ordered until 2/25. Didn't think there was anything worse than a food blogger without a dishwasher but you might have one-upped me as a food blogger without an oven! lol! Thank goodness for the wonderful slow cooker and this equally wonderful recipe. I love salsa verde pork tacos so making this very soon. ps: I'll start making some muffins now to FedEx to you and the kids 🙂
Haha, yeah, 2-3 weeks was a tough thing to hear. The new one is coming next week so it'll have been just over two weeks since ours broke and that's plenty long enough for me. I feel your hurt on the dishwasher though- yikes! That's a lot, a lot, a lot of dishes to do by hand. And now I'm adding muffin tins to your list 😉
This looks really tasty and delicious ♥
This sounds just mouthwatering! I love the salsa verde in it. Thanks for sharing this with us on Throwback Thursday!
Thanks Mollie! The salsa verde adds such great flavor!
Willow | Will Cook For Friends
My mouth is watering! Sounds like you've made perfectly good use of your time without an oven, haha!
Also, I'd love to know what slow cooker you use. I had an old CrockPot brand one that worked great, but then the insert broke -- I've been trying to get a new one ever since, but even after tons of research, every single one I've bought has serious issues and ends up being returned. The most common problem I've found is that they boil things on low temp, and aren't hot enough to cook on "keep warm." I'd love to get one that I can trust won't boil the crap out of whatever I put in it!
Hey girl - I've got an All Clad 6.5 quart slow cooker (steel with black insert) that I've been super happy with. I had a Cuisinart before this that I really liked but I had 3 of them crack on me. Three! I kept thinking it was me and otherwise really liked it but finally gave up and switched to a different brand. So anyway, both cook great but I'm using the All Clad now and highly recommend. Hope that helps! XO
Oh no! Not the oven!! Though it stinks that the oven is out of commission, it kind of fun to be forced to switch up your routines every once in a while. This looks like a great compromise that I'd be happy to eat! Thanks for sharing at Throwback Thursday!
Thanks Carlee! It definitely wasn't all bad - just had to get a bit creative 🙂 Luckily, we are back in the oven business and I've been baking all weekend long!
This looks great!! I make carnitas in a very similar way. Thanks for sharing on the "what's for dinner" linky!
Thanks! I love how many ways we can use it throughout a week!