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Green Chile Pork Tacos

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
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 15 minutes
Servings 6 -8
Calories 562 kcal
Author Lacey Baier of A Sweet Pea Chef


  • 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


  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet 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 cooker, 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 cooker and discard. Either using an immersion blender directly in the slow cooker bowl or by transferring the slow cooker contents to a kitchen blender, 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 tortillas 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.