Slow Cooker Green Chile Pork Tacos

Slow Cooker Green Chile Pork Tacos | A healthy and easy way to get your green chile pork tacos fix at home! www.asweetpeachef.com

It happened again, guys.

I was innocently out to lunch, enjoying my most fave tacos that ever did exist on this very earth at Torchy’s Tacos in Austin <—- LOVE that place!

And IT happened…

Sometimes, it hits me when I’m actually eating the food in question.  Sometimes, it happens when I’m cooking.  I never know when it will for sure.

Slow Cooker Green Chile Pork Tacos | A healthy and easy way to get your green chile pork tacos fix at home! www.asweetpeachef.com Slow Cooker Green Chile Pork Tacos | A healthy and easy way to get your green chile pork tacos fix at home! www.asweetpeachef.com

What hit me, you ask?

I somehow realized I can make this meal at my house, in my kitchen, with clean ingredientsOpens in a new tab..

Now, while this might seem like an obvious notion for a food blogger to recognize…I must be a little thick-headed.

Because it sure takes me a while sometimes – like it did with these amazing burgersOpens in a new tab..

Slow Cooker Green Chile Pork Tacos | A healthy and easy way to get your green chile pork tacos fix at home! www.asweetpeachef.com Slow Cooker Green Chile Pork Tacos | A healthy and easy way to get your green chile pork tacos fix at home! www.asweetpeachef.com

Out of nowhere, while I was enjoying (read: devouring) my green chile pork taco at Torchy’s with Dustin, I realized I should make this at home!  Not only could I then control the ingredients going in, but I could (heehee!) have them MORE often!  And, heck, why not make them in a slow cookerOpens in a new tab., to boot!?!

Which, really, is what made me the happiest.  Because easy, delicious, slow cooker recipesOpens in a new tab. are my happy place.

Slow Cooker Green Chile Pork Tacos | A healthy and easy way to get your green chile pork tacos fix at home! www.asweetpeachef.com

People often ask me about whether tortillas are part of a clean dietOpens in a new tab..

If we’re talking flour tortillas using all-purpose flour, then nope, not so much clean.

BUT, if we’re talking about HIGH quality, low number of ingredients corn tortillas (like these tasty homemade corn tortillasOpens in a new tab.), then I say heck yea! But, within moderationOpens in a new tab..

Slow Cooker Green Chile Tacos

 

However, if you’d rather stay away from all things tortilla, you can always enjoy these “tacos” over a bowl of brown rice, cauliflower riceOpens in a new tab., or wrapped in a crisp lettuce wrapOpens in a new tab..

If you’re ever in the Austin area, give me a ring and we’ll grab some tacos at Torchy’s or, better yet, I’ll make ’em!

4.5 from 4 votes
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Green Chile Pork Tacos
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
6 hrs
Total Time
6 hrs 15 mins
 
Make these slow cooker green chile pork tacos any night of the week and enjoy all the flavor of your favorite restaurant tacos without the guilt!
Categories: Clean, Dinner, Healthy, Slow Cooker
Difficulty: Easy
Keyword: green chili pork tacos, pork tacos, pork tacos recipe
Servings: 6 -8
Calories: 562 kcal
Author: Lacey Baier of A Sweet Pea Chef
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 - 2 lbs pork shoulder roast AKA butt roast
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 poblano chile peppers seeded and cut in half
  • 1 jalapeño seeded and cut in half
  • 1 green bell pepper seeded and cut in half
  • 1 lb tomatillos husks removed and quartered
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 4 cloves garlic whole
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/3 bunch fresh cilantro chopped
  • 2 cups low sodium chicken stock
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 12-16 corn tortillas try my homemade corn tortillas
  • 1/4 red onion finely diced for topping
  • 1/3 cup queso fresco Mexican cheese, crumbled
  • 2 limes for topping
Instructions
  1. Heat olive oil in a large skilletOpens in a new tab. over high heat.
  2. Season the pork with the salt and pepper and then add to the hot oil. Sear on all sides until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes per side.
  3. Places the browned pork into the bowl of a slow cookerOpens in a new tab., followed by the poblano chiles, jalapeno, green bell pepper, tomatillos, yellow onion, garlic, ground cumin, dried oregano, cilantro, chicken broth/stock, and bay leaf.
  4. Turn the heat to low and cook 6-7 hours, or until the pork is tender enough to be pulled apart with a fork.
  5. Remove the pork and shred using a fork (you may need to wait for it to cool a bit).
  6. In the meantime, remove the bay leaf from the slow cookerOpens in a new tab. and discard. Either using an immersion blenderOpens in a new tab. directly in the slow cooker bowl or by transferring the slow cooker contents to a kitchen blenderOpens in a new tab., puree the cooked peppers, onion, and chicken broth mixture until smooth. This is the chile verde sauce. Woohoo! Season to taste with any salt as needed.
  7. To serve, layer a corn tortillasOpens in a new tab. on a flat surface (I highly recommend looking for good quality corn tortillas - you may need to wrap in damp cloth and microwave for 10-20 seconds to make them pliable). Top the tortillas with a mound of the shredded pork, followed by 1-2 tbsp. of the pureed chile verde sauce. You can also top with additional chopped cilantro, diced red onion, and/or crumbled queso fresco. Feel free to squeeze some lime juice as well!

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Nutrition Facts
Green Chile Pork Tacos
Amount Per Serving (2 g)
Calories 562 Calories from Fat 361
% Daily Value*
Fat 40.1g62%
Saturated Fat 10.7g54%
Cholesterol 233.6mg78%
Sodium 541.3mg23%
Carbohydrates 9.4g3%
Fiber 2.7g11%
Sugar 4.1g5%
Protein 39.8g80%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Lacey Baier

Hey y’all, I’m Lacey Baier and I’m so glad you’re here! I’m a healthy lifestyle influencer and the creator of this clean-eating blog and YouTube channel, A Sweet Pea Chef. My recipes have been published on Food Network, Good Morning America, FoxNews, Tastemade, Fitness Magazine, and much more. I live in Dallas, Texas with my husband and four kiddos. Let’s get started!

12 thoughts on “Slow Cooker Green Chile Pork Tacos

  1. 3 stars
    I wanted to love this recipe so much and it smelled amazing while cooking….but overall it was kind of bland compared to the Torchy’s Tacos green chile pork that I routinely eat here in Texas. I would recommend including a fully loaded chile pepper with seeds for more flavor.

  2. I was super excited to make this. I should have know that with only one jalapeno in the recipe it would be too mild for my liking. There is zero heat in the salsa. Next time I will up the jalapenos by 2 or 3. Thanks for a great recipe, just a few tweeks to make it hotter and perfection!

  3. 5 stars
    Thank you for the wonderful recipe Lacey. I too live in Austin TX and am addicted to Torchy’s Tacos, especially the Green Chili Pork. I just tried this recipe and it turned out fantastic. I served it with onions and cilantro and a dash of Cilantro-Lime sauce on homemade flour tortilla and it was just the treat for labor day.

  4. Do you have a recipe for queso fresco? Also wondered how you cook your zucchini noodles? Both things I’ve never done and don’t what what I’m looking for in a recipe. I didn’t see either on your site but you recommended the fresco on this recipe and zuke noodles on a chicken recipe. I made your cilantro lime chicken the other day…. AHHHHMAZING!! My family loved it. It was a different flavor for us using lime. WOW. yum.

  5. 5 stars
    Lacey’s slow cooker recipes are always on point! I didn’t realize at the time I picked up the ingredients that the cilantro wasn’t just a garnish but ALSO in the sauce! You can always substitute with coriander.

    As with everything that has a sauce or is a soup, this dish just gets better with time. The next day after cooking the flavor of the green sauce and pork really come to life. Consider throwing over cauliflower rice or throwing into egg whites for an awesome breakfast.

    Thank you for another great recipe!

    1. Kryslin, thanks so much for the review and suggestions for others – I SO appreciate that and am glad you enjoyed this recipe and my other slow cooker recipes as well! 🙂

  6. Do the poblanos make it really spicy? My husband likes this super mild, so I’m always hesitant when working with chilies/peppers.

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