Slow Cooker Pork Chili Verde

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This is easily the BEST chili verde that I have EVER had! The pork is tender and full of amazing flavor and is made right in the slow cooker! 

Slow Cooker Pork Chili Verde in pita tacos in a black plate with fresh limes on the side.

We celebrated my birthday this weekend. My kiddos have been terribly sick all week and my hubby’s grandfather passed away and he had to leave to Minnesota. This is what I like to call #momlife. Nothing ever goes quite as planned, especially birthdays. But we were able to make the best of the day and I had such a fun day spending time with my favorite 3 kids! We went out to eat at my favorite Chinese restaurant (you know my love for Chinese) and ended the night snuggling and watching the Good Dinosaur. I wouldn’t have had the day any other way!

The night before my birthday I made the BEST chili verde that I have ever had. Honestly with my first bite I instantly thought that this was better than any restaurant that I have been to.

It is easily thrown in the slow cooker within minutes and cooks to tender and flavorful perfection!

Slow cooker pork Chile Verde with a wooden spoon.

This Chili Verde is complete with a green enchilada sauce, salsa verde, tomatillos, and green chilis. It is simple but the flavor will knock your socks off! I like to cube my pork meat but you can also shred it if desired. Both will be amazing and the pork is so tender and delicious.

You can serve it in tacos, burritos, or even over some white rice. You are going to quickly agree that this is a restaurant quality meal that can be made right at home. You will love it!

Close up photo a pork Chile Verde with a wooden spoon and a fresh cut lime on top.

Slow Cooker Pork Chili Verde in pita tacos on a black plate with fresh cut limes on the side.

Slow Cooker Pork Chili Verde

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This is easily the BEST chili verde that I have EVER had! The pork is tender and full of amazing flavor and is made right in the slow cooker!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 15 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings: 8 Servings


  • 4-5 lbs. boneless pork shoulder cubed
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 28 ounce canned tomatillos
  • ½ cup onion chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 14 ounce green enchilada sauce
  • 16 ounce salsa verde
  • 4 ounce diced green chilies
  • ½ Tablespoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch


  • In a medium sized skillet, add olive oil and heat over medium high heat. Brown the sides of the pork and add them to the slow cooker.
  • In a food processor add the tomatillos and blend until smooth. Add it to the slow cooker alone with chopped onion, garlic, green enchilada sauce, salsa verde, green chilies, cumin, dried oregano, and salt.
  • Cook on low for 6 hours or on high for 4. An hour before serving, take out 1 cup of juice from slow cooker and whisk it with the cornstarch. Add it back to the slow cooker and allow to thicken and cook for about 1 more hour.


Serves: 8

Calories399kcal (20%)Carbohydrates17g (6%)Protein53g (106%)Fat11g (17%)Saturated Fat3g (15%)Cholesterol136mg (45%)Sodium1255mg (52%)Potassium1286mg (37%)Fiber3g (12%)Sugar12g (13%)Vitamin A815IU (16%)Vitamin C17mg (21%)Calcium38mg (4%)Iron3mg (17%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American, Mexican
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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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    1. It’s really not. Cumin isn’t super pungent and this is 4-5 lbs of meat. I use this amount of cumin on about 1.5 lbs of ground turkey. In fact I’ll probably increase the amount in this dish.

    2. Comino is awesome. 1/2 Tablespoon is only 1-1/2 teaspoon. You can always use a little more. The amount of meat juices and absorption by the meat and the tomatillos will cut the intensity of the spice as well. So a liberal amount of this shouldn’t be an issue.

  1. Hi, I’d like to try this recipe. How do you go about shredding the meat if you don’t want cubes? Also, you used lime and a fresh herb? Thanks!

    1. Did you make this recipe and if you did what did you use in place with Tomatillos? I haven’t seen them here in Australia as well.

  2. Happy belated birthday! These look ah-mazing! I’m throwing them in the crock pot this Saturday. Perfect meal. One question, you mentioned using 14 ounce green enchilada sauce. What brand are you using? Is it from a jar or can? I’m not sure what to shop for. Can you help clarify this for me?
    Thanks so much… 🙂

    1. When using canned enchilada sauce, you really don’t need the tomitillos because the sauce already has them In it. I use the medium heat (Sun Visa or La Victoriaa). Instead of using canned chiles, try roasting/skinning a few poblano chiles . Then rough chop them and add in the last two hors of cooking. I also add a few rough diced jalapenos to mine. If you don’t have a few limes, try adding a few tsp’s of apple cider vinegar. Chile verde should have a slightly sour taste to it. Add vinegar last 2 hrs. also. Finaly, Alyssa…….You need to include the size crockpot the recipe is made in so ppl will know to increase or decrease recipe size. Oh also when buying the salsa verde check prices between the larger size and the lil’ 7 oz. cans. I use Herdez and sometimes the smaller cans are on sale and a better deal.

      1. And finally (lol) if you folks like the green chile taste, try some Herdez on a baked potato w/ sour cream and butter Yum!

  3. This was so good. Thank you for sharing. I didn’t know they made canned tomatillos.? So convenient!

  4. Whew, this looks SO good and I only just ran across this recipe and your site. Super good work! My question is this concerning this dish: In the finished photo, what is the “white” that seems to be sprinkled over the dish? Almost looks like a cheese but is probably something else.
    My mouth is watering and this will be made very, very soon 😀

    1. Have to tell you, I made this the day after I posted and BOY, it was terrific and it made a ton. Good thing it did since a couple of my neighbors started out with a “taste” and then sat down for a full meal and they loved it, too. We ended up serving it over rice and then the next day in tortillas —- and that “white”, well, it was sour cream and that made it even more heavenly. Thanks for this great recipe, Alyssa 😀

  5. This is the second time I’ve made this and it’s wonderful! I think the next time I will cut the salt in half as the chile verda salsa, tomatillos and green enchilada sauce has salt in it and it is on the slightly salty taste. Love this recipe! I’ve been trying to beat my brother-in-laws chile verde pork and now I can! Thanks!

  6. The recipe mentions salsa verde. What is your go to brand? I haven’t found a brand of jar salsa verde that I like yet. Thank you!

    1. HMMM! That is hard to say since I switch it up a bit when buying at a grocery store. The best place to usually go is a Mexican restaurant and order it for take out. Let me know if you find one that is a keeper! XOXO

  7. Like the recipe. I use similar but different things, like no cumin but smoked paprika and I cube the meat after having cooked a strong dry rub including cayenne and paprika and seasoned salt into slabs. A good way to trap more juice into the meat is cube it after you sear it in olive oil or whatever you use. I mean, until it is crunchy on the side! I disassemble the pork shoulder into sections that mainly do not cut across the grain.
    Then crisp it, cool it, cube it, and go on like you said and the flavors will release even more. Thank you very much for a nice set of tips 🙂

    Main question is serves 8? 5 pounds of meat and with all the rest I figure ought to serves more, like 15.

    Anyway thanks for sharing!

  8. This recipe is delicious and so easy! Husband and kids approved! Served with lime wedges, mexican crema, cilantro, and sliced radishes. ?

  9. I just turned off the slow cooker, and this chili verde is amazing! I used Hatch Valley 505 salsa verde and added cilantro at the end. The pork came out super tender and the flavors are fantastic. I will be making this again and going through your recipes to find my next dish. Thank you!

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