With just a few ingredients, you can produce a full-flavored, meltingly tender pork stew in your slow cooker. Serve over quinoa or rice.

Jerry Anne Di Vecchio
Source: EatingWell Magazine, Winter 2004
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Trim and discard pork surface fat. Cut meat apart following layers of fat around muscles; trim and discard fat. Cut into 2-inch chunks and rinse with cold water. Place in a 5- or 6-quart slow cooker. Turn heat to high.

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  • Combine salsa, broth, onion and cumin seeds in a saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Pour over the meat. Add tomatoes and mix gently. Put the lid on and cook until the meat is pull-apart tender, 6 to 7 hours.

  • With a slotted spoon, transfer the pork to a large bowl; cover and keep warm. Pour the sauce and vegetables into a large skillet; skim fat. Bring to a boil over high heat. Boil, skimming froth from time to time, for about 20 minutes, to intensify flavors and thicken slightly. Add the pork and 1/4 cup cilantro; heat through.

  • To serve, ladle into bowls and garnish each serving with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkling of the remaining 1/4 cup cilantro.

  • Oven method: Total: 3 hours

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine pork, salsa, 1/2 cup chicken broth, onion, cumin seeds and tomatoes in a 9-by-13-inch baking dish; cover snugly with foil. Bake until the pork is pull-apart tender, about 2 1/4 hours. Skim fat. Uncover and bake until the meat begins to brown, about 15 minutes more. Stir in 1/4 cup cilantro. Ladle into bowls, garnish with sour cream and remaining cilantro.

Tips

Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days or freeze for up to 3 months. Reheat on the stovetop, in a microwave or in the oven.

Ingredient Note: Tomatillo salsa (sometimes labeled salsa verde or green salsa) is a blend of green chiles, onions and tomatillos. It is sold in supermarkets.

For easy cleanup, try a slow-cooker liner. These heat-resistant, disposable liners fit neatly inside the insert and help prevent food from sticking to the bottom and sides of your slow cooker.

Nutrition Facts

275.7 calories; protein 27g 54% DV; carbohydrates 6.2g 2% DV; exchange other carbs 0.5; dietary fiber 0.6g 2% DV; sugars 2.8g; fat 14.9g 23% DV; saturated fat 6.1g 30% DV; cholesterol 104.1mg 35% DV; vitamin a iu 271.7IU 5% DV; vitamin c 3.8mg 6% DV; folate 8.4mcg 2% DV; calcium 47.6mg 5% DV; iron 2.2mg 12% DV; magnesium 30.2mg 11% DV; potassium 413.3mg 12% DV; sodium 218.3mg 9% DV; thiamin 0.5mg 54% DV.

Reviews (18)

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18 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 13
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
04/02/2015
I have made this some many times for my family and everyone loves it! I use a jalapeno salsa verde so it's extra spicy and serve it over quinoa! It is so easy and so delicious! I have used the pork shoulder as well as pork tenderloin and this I'm trying it with chicken. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
03/04/2014
Easy and delicious with many serving options Add some apricot jam to make pork barbacoa! There are so many ways to use this once it's cooked. Enchiladas soft tacos scoop it up with chips! So EASY! Pros: easy delicious Read More
Rating: 1 stars
10/01/2013
I am a vegetarian so this sounds disgusting. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/08/2013
Staple in our house I make this with pork tenderloin. I cut it in chunks and throw all the ingredients into the crockpot (no browning etc. b/c I hate crockpot recipes with extra steps on the prep end). I cook it for like 4-5 hours on low. When I get home I shred the meat throw it in a large pan with the liquid and some fresh cilantro and then reduce the liquid 'til it's almost gone. I serve the meat with corn tortillas and all kinds of toppings (shredded radish kohlrabi and/or lettuce shredded cheese diced avocado sour cream Mrs. Renfro's hot jalapeno salsa verde) or make enchiladas burritos or quesadillas out of it or just serve it over rice and beans for the kids (2 toddlers). Everyone loves it! Pros: Easy and delicious Read More
Rating: 4 stars
01/24/2013
Help with this recipe Do I cook this in the crock pot for 6-7 hours on high or low? PLEASE HELP! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
02/14/2012
Delicious and easy! I have 3 young children and an incredibly busy life style. This recipe is a go to as everyone and I mean everyone likes it. I use canned petite diced tomatoes instead of the roma and add two chipotle peppers in adobo. We serve it with sour cream cilantro maybe a little shredded jack cheese and high quality chips black beans and rice. I think the salsa is key: make sure it is a good quality one. We like the mild Xochitl green salsa. Yum! Pros: Simple delicious inexpensive Cons: NONE Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/11/2012
So Easy and So Good This is the first recipe I've ever done in a slow cooker and it was awesome! I followed the recipe exactly and it turned out great. I'm not a huge fan of tomatillos so I got a green salsa that also had habenero in it. That gave it a bit of a kick and reduced the tomatillos a bit. One tip - if you use pork butt have the butcher trim it for you. My butcher cut 3/4 pounds of fat off the original piece of meat. I'm glad I caught that at the store so I could adjust and not pay for fat. I trimmed more off before cooking. The meat really cooks down a lot so you want to make sure you start with close to the full amount in the recipe. Next time I make this I'm adding New Mexico green chilis to it. Yum! Pros: Small number of ingredients Read More
Rating: 4 stars
01/07/2012
Tastes almost like my favorite dish at a local Mexican Restaurant! This dish is delicious! It tastes almost exactly like my favorite dish at a local Mexican restaurant. The only downside is that the flavor of the sauce could be punched up a bit. Next time I'll add a can of diced green chiles some extra salsa and lime juice. This one is definitely a keeper! Pros: Easy Flavorful Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
Made this at the firehouse today on top of quinoa and black beans on the side great meal lots of good comments. This will be made again and again. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
This recipe is terrific. Super easy with incredible flavor. Instead of serving over rice I served with corn tortillas and sour cream. It was a hit! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
My family loved this! And how much easier can you get than a crock pot? I added a little extra salsa to the dish at the end to give it a little extra zip. Awesome!! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
I have made this a few times and added 1 package of frozen mango chunks and 1 can of 100% mango nectar for a super delicious mango-salsa pork... DELISH! If you really want to spice it up also add a single chipotle chili with some adobo! Yummmmm! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
This was absolutely to die for! My whole family loved it. The meat just melted in your mouth. I will say you need to be prepared to do a little more work than a usual slow cooker meal as the trimming of the meat and skimming and reducing of the sauce does take some extra time but well worth it. It's a keeper!! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
This is the first recipe I've made in a while that my whole picky family loved! It's not often everyone at the table agrees that something is good. I served it win taco shells with fat free sour cream and light cheddar. This will be a regular in our house from now on! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
1 and - cup of salsa verde (a bottle) - cup of canned tomatoes 1 tsp of cumin seed 1 tsp of coriander seed - medium onion - tsp salt - cup of beef or chicken broth 3 lbs of butt or shoulder pork roast (more if there is a bone) 4 to 6 oz of tomato paste Optional: 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro 1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream 1. Trim pork surface fat bones & reserve for other applications (aka refried beans soups etc). Cut meat apart following layers of fat around muscles; trim fat. Cut into 2-inch chunks and rinse with cold water. Place in a 5- or 6-quart slow cooker. 2. Combine salsa tomatoes broth onion coriander and cumin seeds and pour over the meat. Mix gently. Turn heat to high for 1 hour. Reduce to low and cook for 7 to 10 hours till meat is tender. 3. Mix in tomato paste and turn heat back to high for about 30 min to thicken. Turn off the heat. 4. Stir in 1/4 cup cilantro if desired. Ladle into bowls garnish with sour cream and remaining cilantro if desired. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
Simple and rich and delicious! I obsessively read recipes online. I often get inspired but don't always act on that inspiration. I am the mom of 4 boys and work full time so I really gravitate towards easy but savory stuff. This recipe inspired me and it was even better than I'd hoped. My husband took one taste and wanted to invite friends over to have some. Yeah. It's that good. Totally worth the whole cutting the meat thing. And mmmmmmm.........My changes? I sauteed onions and garlic with the cumin seeds in a splash of olive oil. I also used 1/2 medium-hot salsa (the Rick Bayless brand) verde and 1/2 mild. Instead of plum tomatoes I strained the juice from a can of diced tomatoes and added most of the tomatoes themselves(my only option). I also seasoned the pork with a healthy dose of adobo and added a touch of salt to the sauce mixture while simmering. I added tons and tons of cilantro (LOVE it). This pork is so tender; the sauce so flavorful. Make. This. Now. Pros: Few ingredients easy preparation complex flavor comfort food Cons: cutting and trimming the pork...I just don't enjoy cutting meat at all Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
Really yummy! The pork came out so tender with a really tasty sauce. My only complaint was that it was a little salty. To help balance it out a little I added a little lime juice. Served it over brown rice and topped with low-fat sour cream cilantro and scallions. Also made the best leftovers! Pros: Easy to prepare great as leftovers Cons: A little too salty Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
Good flavour but somewhat dry Not sure if I did anything wrong but all the liquid dried up so I didn't do the reduction step. I actually ended up adding some white wine and water so it would have some sort of sauce and it turned out well. Next time I'll add more broth or salsa or both. Really great flavor though. Pros: Tasty easy Cons: Not enough sauce Read More