Crock-Pot Pork Verde

Crock-Pot Pork Verde

So this recipe began as an experiment and has become one of our family’s all-time favorite meals. We first served it as part of a big Tex-Mex spread for John’s birthday back in December. And it was a hit! Since then, we’ve made it several times for weeknight meals or weekend get-togethers.

Getting ready for John’s party (Picture taken by Jack)

One of the key ingredients is a jar of simple Salsa Verde. I love the Herdez brand because it’s mild enough for almost any tastebud. (Trader Joe’s has an even milder and equally delicious version under its own brand, which I recommend if you have TJ’s in your area)

In addition to the Salsa Verde, you’ll need a couple of pork tenderloins plus onion, garlic, lime, beef broth, and a smidge of brown sugar. As you can see from these ingredients, this dish is suitable for all kinds of dietary preferences . . . like Paleo, gluten free, dairy free, low carb, clean eating, low fat, or low sugar.

After cooking all day in the crock pot, the pork becomes fall-apart tender. You can serve it in warm tortillas, over rice, or wrapped up in a leaf of lettuce. Top with queso fresco, cilantro, avocado, pickled onions, and a squeeze of lime for a truly amazing combination of flavors!

Crock-Pot Pork Verde

Serves 6-8


2 tablespoons olive oil

2 pork tenderloins

Salt and pepper, for seasoning

1 jar (16 ounces) mild salsa verde (Herdez brand if possible)

1 onion, halved and sliced

2 cloves garlic, smashed

Juice of 1 lime

16 ounces low-sodium beef broth

1 Tablespoon brown sugar (optional)


Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high. Season the pork with salt and pepper. Place pork in the hot oil; sear on all sides until light brown, about 2-3 minutes per side.

While pork is cooking, pour salsa into the crock pot. Add sliced onion, smashed garlic, and lime juice.  When pork is finished browning, place the pork in the crock pot with the salsa, onions, garlic, and lime juice.

Pour beef broth into the pan that you used to cook the pork. Scrape up any brown bits on the bottom of the pan; stir.  Add sugar; stir.  Cook broth over medium heat for 2-3 minutes. Then pour broth into the crock pot.

Cover crock pot and cook on low for 8 hours. Taste; adjust seasonings as needed. Serve with warm flour or corn tortillas, or alongside rice. If desired, top with queso fresco, pickled onions, jalapenos, cilantro, and lime.

8 Responses to Crock-Pot Pork Verde

  1. Jolene West February 17, 2014 at 3:21 pm #

    thanks Marie for this great receipe. I love pork tenderloin and the verde sounds like

    it will make it great!! I just happen to have all the ingredients so I will make this

    tomorrow. Tell your mom hi for me and I think of her often and hope she is doing

    well. Also tell David hell-o too. Sincerely Jolene West

    • Marie Saba
      Marie Saba February 19, 2014 at 1:17 pm #

      Sure Jolene! My mom is doing very well, thanks for asking! I will tell her and David that you said hello. Hope all is well with you! Thanks for the comment and please stay in touch. Best, Marie

  2. Kasey Kamerman Sykes February 21, 2014 at 6:16 pm #

    Hi Marie! Made this, this week for company and it was a hit! Hope you’re doing well! I cook off your recipes all the time :)

    • Marie Saba
      Marie Saba February 26, 2014 at 12:23 pm #

      Thanks for the note Kasey! So glad you guys enjoyed it. And thrilled to hear that you have enjoyed other recipes here!

  3. Courtney L March 2, 2014 at 1:30 pm #

    Hi Marie! I’m making your pork verde recipe this weekend when we have company in town. I was lucky to be at John’s bday in December and have been wanting to make it since then! Delish and sooo easy! Thanks! Hope all is well

  4. Shannon June 19, 2014 at 10:19 am #

    Hi Marie….❤️just prepared pork verde! Can’t wait to try it tonight! Thanks for the recipe! I’m sure the family will love it! Talk soon!
    Xoxo Shannon

    • Marie Saba
      Marie Saba July 30, 2014 at 7:29 am #

      Hey Shan! Hope it turned out well! Thinking of you and your adorable family often :) xoxo, Marie


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