Slow Cooker Mexican Pulled Pork Sandwiches

A funny thing happened after I put this recipe in my slow cooker: I realized that I had actually tried this recipe before (and thankfully, liked it!).  I did change some things from last time.  First, instead of making the sauce in the bottom of my slow cooker, I made it in a measuring cup and then poured it over the pork.  I also used more pork and a little less cumin and cayenne (because I was running out of both).  Finally, I made sandwiches on hamburger buns instead of lettuce wraps like last time.  I topped each sandwich with some shredded cheddar, sliced scallions, and an amazing Mexican slaw (recipe coming real soon!).

It’s still a super easy recipe.  The prep work takes 10 minutes (tops).  The pork simmers on low all day in the sauce, making it real tender and juicy.  You’ll be able to effortlessly shred the meat with two forks in no time at all.  You can use the pork to make lettuce wraps (like I did last time), tacos, or sandwiches (like I did this time).  You can even eat it as is.  It’s that good!

Slow Cooker Mexican Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Start by prepping the pork…

  • Trim any silver skin off of the pork.

Slow Cooker Mexican Pulled Pork Sandwiches

  • Place the tenderloin in the bottom of you slow cooker.

Slow Cooker Mexican Pulled Pork Sandwiches

  • Pour 2 small cans of tomato sauce into a large measuring cup.

Slow Cooker Mexican Pulled Pork Sandwiches

  • Add 1 tablespoon of chili powder.

Slow Cooker Mexican Pulled Pork Sandwiches

  • Drop in 1 tablespoon of dark brown sugar.

Slow Cooker Mexican Pulled Pork Sandwiches

  • Pour in ½ a tablespoon of cumin.

Slow Cooker Mexican Pulled Pork Sandwiches

  • Add ½ teaspoon coarse kosher salt.

Slow Cooker Mexican Pulled Pork Sandwiches

  • Sprinkle in ¼ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper.

Slow Cooker Mexican Pulled Pork Sandwiches

  • Mince 3 cloves of garlic.

Slow Cooker Mexican Pulled Pork Sandwiches

  • Add the garlic to the sauce.

Slow Cooker Mexican Pulled Pork Sandwiches

  • Whisk well to combine everything.  (Make sure the brown sugar is completely dissolved.)

Slow Cooker Mexican Pulled Pork Sandwiches

  • Pour the sauce over the pork.

Slow Cooker Mexican Pulled Pork Sandwiches

  • Cover and cook on low for 8 hours.

Slow Cooker Mexican Pulled Pork Sandwiches

  • After 8 hours, remove the lid from the slow cooker.

Slow Cooker Mexican Pulled Pork Sandwiches

  • Using 2 forks, shred the pork.

Slow Cooker Mexican Pulled Pork Sandwiches

  • When you are finished shredding, give a good stir to redistribute all of the sauce.
  • Quickly slice up a few scallions.

Slow Cooker Mexican Pulled Pork Sandwiches

I started my sandwich with the pork.

Slow Cooker Mexican Pulled Pork Sandwiches

I added some shredded sharp cheddar cheese on top of the warm meat (so that it would melt a little).  I then added some scallions.

Slow Cooker Mexican Pulled Pork Sandwiches

I finished the sandwiches with that Mexican Slaw (recipe will be posted soon!).

Slow Cooker Mexican Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Enjoy!

Slow Cooker Mexican Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Slow Cooker Mexican Pulled Pork Sandwiches

 

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Slow Cooker Mexican Pulled Pork
 
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Recipe type: Entree
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds pork tenderloin
  • 2 small cans tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • ½ tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 whole wheat hamburger buns
  • shredded cheddar cheese
  • 4 scallions, thinly sliced
Directions
  1. Place the pork tenderloin in your slow cooker.
  2. Pour the tomato sauce into a large measuring cup.
  3. Add the chili powder, cumin, brown sugar, cayenne, salt, and garlic.
  4. Whisk well.
  5. Pour the sauce over the pork.
  6. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours.
  7. Shred the pork using two forks.
  8. Stir the shredded pork to coat in the sauce.
  9. Serve the pork on buns, topped with the cheddar cheese and scallions.

 

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