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Slow-Cooker Braised Pork with Salsa

Lizard King

Lizard King

Staff Member
Sep 9, 2010
Nice! 50G of protein for 3/4 of a cup!

8 servings, generous 3/4 cup each

Active Time: 7-8 hours

Total Time: 7-8 hours


* 3 pounds boneless pork shoulder, or butt
* 1 1/2 cups prepared tomatillo salsa, (see Ingredient Note)
* 1 3/4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
* 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
* 1 teaspoon cumin seeds, or ground cumin
* 3 plum tomatoes, (1/2 pound),thinly sliced
* 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro, divided
* 1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream


1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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°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 & Notes

* 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.


Per serving: 252 calories; 10 g fat (4 g sat, 4 g mono); 141 mg cholesterol; 7 g carbohydrates; 50 g protein; 1 g fiber; 278 mg sodium; 854 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Zinc (27% daily value),Potassium (24% dv).


Crusty Poo Butt
Sep 21, 2010
mmm sounds delicious...gotta try this out so printed it out
Lizard King

Lizard King

Staff Member
Sep 9, 2010
Wife pulled out the crock pot today so I figure while it was out, I might as well use it!