Mexican Style Shredded Pork Recipe -
Mexican Style Shredded Pork Recipe
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Mexican Style Shredded Pork

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"This is an amazing shredded pork recipe similar to what you would eat in a rice bowl (or in an enchilada) at a Mexican restaurant. It is easy to prepare and simmers in a slow cooker all day, ready to enjoy when you arrive home."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    7 hrs

    7 hrs 30 mins


  1. Place the roast in a slow cooker, and season with salt. Place chile peppers and garlic on top of roast. Pour in the chipotle sauce and 1/2 cup water.
  2. Cover, and cook 7 hours on Low.
  3. In a pot, bring remaining 2 3/4 cups water and rice to a boil. Mix in the lime juice and cilantro. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer 20 minutes.
  4. Remove roast from the slow cooker, and use two forks to shred. Return pork to the slow cooker, and allow to sit 15 minutes to absorb some of the liquid. Serve over the cooked rice.
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  • Try using a liner in your slow cooker for easier cleanup.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
May 01, 2007

**** CHIPOTLE SAUCE ****** - Look in your grocer section where the taco sauces are. I found an 8oz. bottle of Chipotle Sauce there made by Ortega. Same bottle style and look as taco sauce but labled as Chipotle Sauce. I cooked the meat with the stated 1/4c. of Chipotle Sauce. I also added a generous sprinkling of Mrs. Dash Southwest Chipotle seasoning. This stuff is great, pure flavor because it is not salt based. Once the meat was done, I put the gravy in the frig so the fat/grease would rise to the top and congeal...then removed the fat/grease. Poured the defatted gravy over the shredded meat and added the remainder of the 8 oz. bottle of Chipotle Sauce and a sprinkling more of the Mrs. Dash S-West Chiptotle seasoning. The end result tasted just like Chipotle's shredded meat - fantastic ! It had tons of flavor contrary to the complaints of other reviewers. I also salted the rice after it was done cooking. Additional suggestions for serving this: serve with black beans and corn.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Aug 11, 2011

I was quite disappointed given some of the great reviews here. I followed the recipe exactly and even threw in some chopped onion and southwest chipotle seasoning for extra flavor. We had it in tacos with tomato cilantro and cheese garnish. It was extremely bland and lacking flavor. I was surprised even after using the entire bottle of chipotle sauce. I won't make this again.

Feb 27, 2006

This recipe was awesome! I chopped up 1 small onion and minced a couple of cloves of garlic and added it to the crock pot. Also, instead of the water, I used a bottle of Corona beer and squeezed 1/4 of a lime on top of the pork in the crock pot. I simmered the meat for about 4 hours on low. I served the meat with tacos, it came out AMAZING! I will be using this recipe again and again.

May 05, 2008

Made this recipe for my Cinco de Mayo party. It was a huge hit with everyone,even my siste-in-law who is Mexican - she suggested that I add a little cumin after I shredded the pork and put it back in the crock pot, which I did (approx. 1 1/2 tsp) It added more taste. This recipe is extremely easy and delicous. A keeper for sure.

Feb 16, 2006

Very rarely - if ever - do I find myself wishing I could rate something more than 5 stars. This, however, is it!! I didn't bother with the rice, but instead added the lime juice (1 lime) and cilantro in with the chipotle sauce (I found it in the Mexican section at Meijer). I marinaded it over night, then cooked for 6 hrs on low. I added a little more chipotle sauce for a little more flavor. We had it with warm flour tortillas, guacamole, grated Cheddar, and plain white rice. Absolutely AWESOME! I would not hesitate in making this again. Thanks, Tora. V!

Jun 04, 2008

Answering British contributor nelepope's questions, cilantro is the Spanish name for fresh coriander leaves. It's found in the produce sections of most U.S. supermarkets. Google "Mexican grocery UK" and you will find websites that sell chipotle sauce, or you can look up a Chipotle Sauce recipe right here on Chipotle is a smoke-dried jalapeno pepper - look up for excellent photos and descriptions. The smokiness adds an awesome flavor dimension! For both the cilantro and sauce, I would start with half the recipe amount and add more until you find the flavor profile you like.

Apr 03, 2008

Both the amazing taste (surprising considering it comes from so few ingredients) and the ease of the recipe earns it a five star rating from me. To give it more flavor since the people in my family like spice: double the chipolte sauce and add another can of chilies. Also: add some lime juice in with the rest of the ingredients. And if you do not want to mess with the rice: throw chopped cilantro (the more the better I think) into the pork when you shred it, then let it sit the fifteen minutes or longer afterwards. I think this recipe cannot sit in the slow cooker too long, so do not worry about that. Thanks for the fabulous addition to my recipe box! Actually making it for dinner again tonight!

Aug 29, 2004

This was really good after I followed the recipe as it was written. I tried to make it without the Chipolte Sauce and found it was tasteless. (Made a special trip to the store and added it in at the end of the cooking time - is this why so many neg reviews? No Chipoltle sauce?). I also added the Cilantro and lime juice after the rice was cooked. Served the pork on top of the rice and layered homemade salsa, guac, cheese and sour cream on top. Put the bottle of Chipoltle sauce on the table for those who like it a little hotter. Definately *****


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  • Calories
  • 520 kcal
  • 26%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 43 g
  • 14%
  • Cholesterol
  • 108 mg
  • 36%
  • Fat
  • 19 g
  • 29%
  • Fiber
  • 1.2 g
  • 5%
  • Protein
  • 41.1 g
  • 82%
  • Sodium
  • 802 mg
  • 32%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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