Slow cooker pork carnitas with cilantro rice is a tasty way to enjoy restaurant food at home! So easy to make and so tasty – a family friendly meal!
If you love going out to eat Mexican food, this is the recipe for you! And if you love a certain quick service Mexican restaurant (it starts with a Chip- and ends with an -optle) then you’ll really love this tender slow cooker pork carnitas recipe.
This pork tenderloin is so moist and flavorful, and the salsa verde gives it a lot of nice flavor without extra fat. It’s perfect for serving in taco shells, over tortilla chips, and definitely over this cilantro rice.
This slow cooker pork carnitas recipe is:
- gluten free and dairy free
- perfect for a potluck gathering
- delicious over rice, tortilla chips, even inside of a quesadilla!
Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas with Cilantro Rice.
For the carnitas:
- ½ Tablespoon olive oil
- 2 pounds pork tenderloin
- 12 ounces mild salsa verde
- Drizzle the olive oil into the slow cooker. Place the pork inside and pour the salsa verde on top.
- Cover and cook on high for one hour, and then reduce heat to low and cook for 4-5 hours.
- When the pork is almost done cooking, cook the rice. Bring two cups of water to a boil, add a teaspoon of olive oil, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook until fluffy, about 30 minutes.
- Add the frozen corn kernels and the seasoned salt to the rice. Stir and cook until heated through.
- Add a handful of fresh cilantro leaves and stir.
- To serve, place the rice on the plate, top with pork and some of the sauce from the slow cooker, and top with more fresh cilantro leaves.