Mexican Slow Cooker Pulled Pork …

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If you want to make a beautiful meal with minimum effort, it’s hard to go past a slow cooker … it’s just so easy … add some meat and other ingredients early in the morning and by evening, dinner is ready! I use mine all year round and this is one of my favourite slow cooker recipes.

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This recipe goes a long way. It will make enough meat for dinner, enough to freeze for another meal as well as cold meat for sandwiches for at least 2-3 days, making this recipe very kind to the family budget. I usually serve this Pulled Pork with some fresh, crunchy coleslaw and some Mexican Rice (I’ll share that recipe on the blog soon) but it’s also perfect in sandwiches, enchiladas, nachos, tacos, burritos and the list goes on. Enjoy!

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Mexican Slow Cooker Pulled Pork …
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Ingredients …
  • 2kg piece pork forequarter (or shoulder), boneless (or 2.5kg with bone)
  • 2 medium brown onions, coarsely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar, firmly packed
  • ½ tablespoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon ground chilli
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 oranges, juice & pulp
Method …
  1. Rinse and dry the pork forequarter. Remove any excess fat and sinew but leave the rind attached.
  2. Combine the garlic, brown sugar, dried oregano, cumin, paprika, cayenne pepper, ground chilli, salt and orange zest in a small bowl and mix to form a paste. Rub the paste all over the pork (rindless side).
  3. Place the onions in the base of the slow cooker, put the pork on top with the rind facing down and pour the orange juice and pulp all over the top of the pork.
  4. Cook on low for 8 hours. Once or twice during cooking, spoon the orange juice over the top of the pork.
  5. Remove pork from slow cooker and allow to cool slightly. Remove the rind and discard. Using two forks, shred the pork. It will be so tender that it literally falls apart. Spoon a little of the leftover juices from the slow cooker over the shredded pork to moisten the meat as pork can dry out.

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If you love Mexican food, you might also enjoy these recipes:

Nachos 001

Mexican Beef Tacos 001

Shredded Beef Tortillas 001


  1. I put pulled pork on top of nachos too. We always make such a large amount that it’s a fun way to use it.

    • That’s one of the things I love most about this recipe … it’s so versatile and the pork can be used in so many ways … a topping for Nachos is a really popular way to use it!

  2. We love making pulled pork and I actually already have it on my meal list for this week! ? Yummo! #fabulousfoodiefridays

    • Me too, Malinda … we’ve been making it quite a bit lately and my kids just love it!

  3. We love Mexican in our household {not to mention pulled pork}, so I am sure that this recipe will appear on our dinner rotation ? Thanks for sharing your link on the #FFF link up

    • I hope you enjoy it as much as we do, Shari … it’s so tender and full of flavour!

  4. Oh my goodness! This looks incredible. I’ve been trying to use my slow cooker more and this will be perfect… dinner and then lunch! Love it. Thanks so much for joining our Fabulous Foodie Fridays party ?

    • Hi Lucy, I love any recipe that goes a long way and produces enough for more than one meal … it’s so easy to pull out of the freezer on a busy night!

  5. Ooh this looks good! I don’t own a slow cooker but this recipe makes me want to buy one!

    • And it tastes even better, Lauren … my slow cooker is one of my favourite appliances because it produces the most succulent juicy meat and helps turn cheaper cuts of meat into delicious meals. I use my all year round and it’s been such a great investment!