Slow Cooker Mexican Spiced Pulled Pork


Crock Pot Pulled Pork


Aside from my cast iron skillet, my other favorite kitchen cookware is my crock pot.  Cooking with a crock pot allows me to “cook” without having to spending hours in the kitchen during a busy week.  Soups, chili, potatoes, meat…. So many things can be cooked in a crock pot!  Recently, I’ve been cooking a lot of meat in my crock pot.  It’s an easy way to make “pulled” or shredded meat without having to use the oven!  When I cook a big piece of meat in my crock pot, I like to be able to make several meals out of it for the week.  My Slow Cooker Mexican Spiced Pulled Pork is perfect for pork inspired recipes like tacos, stews, enchiladas, pizza, and more!  This recipe is easy to make and full of Mexican flavor.  This is a Weight Watcher friendly recipe and half a cup is 5 SmartPoints.


While I LOVE cooking but sometimes I don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen wasting a bunch of ingredients.  This pulled pork recipe is just the start of so many other meals you’ll see on my site!  A few weeks ago, I made this on Sunday and throughout the week I made tacos, pizza, and stuffed peppers (recipes to be posted soon!)  I’m a huge meal planner, so when I made this pork on Sunday, I knew that I would be making a few other meals during the week using the meat. 


The prep for this recipe is easy!  Just mix all the “dry rub” ingredients together in a bowl, then rub the spices on each side of the pork.  Place the pork in a zip lock bag and marinade in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour (you can actually marinade this for up to 24 hours).  After the pork has marinated, cook the pork in a cast iron skillet.  Anytime you are cooking meat in a crock pot, always sear or brown the meat in a cast iron skillet (or any skillet) before adding to the cooker.  I’m telling you, this adds TONS of flavor and it will only take about 15 minutes to do.    Once the pork is seared on all sides, add pork, water, onion, jalapeno, bay leaf, and liquid from chipotles in adobo sauce to the crock pot.  Cook 8-10 hours on low.


Crock Pot Pulled Pork

Pork shoulder with dry rub before it’s cooked in cast iron skillet.


After the pork has cooked, remove from the crock pot and shred so it’s ready for tons of quick weeknight meals.  Less time in the kitchen during a busy work week is what everyone dreams about!  Slow Cooker Mexican Spiced Pulled Pork is PERFECT when you want  flavorful and quick weeknight meals.  This pork can be used to make so many quick, no fuss meals.  Tacos, stews, enchiladas, pizza, stuffed peppers, tons and tons of recipes!



Crock Pot Pulled Pork


I hope you enjoy these bites of flavor!

For Slow Cooker Mexican Spiced Pulled Pork, here are my “go-to” kitchen essentials:


Serves 8, 1/2 Cup Per Serving

Slow Cooker Mexican Spiced Pulled Pork

5 SMARTPOINTS per serving

1 hrPrep Time

8 hrCook Time

9 hrTotal Time

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  • 1 ½ Pound Pork Shoulder, fat trimmed
  • ½ Tablespoon Canola Oil
  • 4 Cups Water
  • ½ White Onion
  • 1 Diced Jalapeno
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1 Tablespoon Adobo Sauce
  • Dry Rub Ingredients:
  • ½ Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Smoked Paprika
  • 1 Tablespoon Salt
  • ½ Tablespoon Pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon Chili Powder
  • ½ Teaspoon Cayenne
  • 1 Tablespoon Cumin
  • ½ Teaspoon Mustard Powder
  • 2 Teaspoons Garlic Powder
  • 1 Chopped Garlic Clove
  • 1 Tablespoon Onion Powder


  1. Mix dry rub ingredients in a bowl and rub spiced into each side of pork shoulder.
  2. Season pork with salt & pepper.
  3. Add pork into zip lock bag and marinade in refrigerator for 1-24 hours.
  4. In cast iron skillet over medium high heat, add canola oil and sear pork in skillet for 7-8 minutes on each side.
  5. In crock pot, add 4 cups water, onion, jalapeno, bay leaf, adobo sauce.
  6. Add pork and let cook for 8-10 hours on low heat.
  7. Remove and shred pork.
Cuisine: Mexican |


Save the liquid from the crock pot and use for later when reheating the pulled pork.


Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1/2 Cup
Servings Per Container 4 Cups

Amount Per Serving
Calories 170 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 20%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Trans Fat g
Cholesterol mg 0%
Sodium mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 0.8g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 0g
Protein 13g 26%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


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