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Crockpot Green Chili Pork with Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice

easy paleo recipe for green chili slow cooked pulled pork

This pulled pork recipe was inspired by Qdoba Mexican Grill. Have you been there? It’s a chain sort of like Chipotle. Pretty good food, but not entirely paleo…

whole30 compliant recipe markThe story is, my hubby and I went to Colorado to see my son who is attending college there. Can I just take a second to tell you how beautiful Colorado is? Wow. I’ve been skiing in Vail but had never hung around Boulder before. We were just blown away with the scenery. It’s a truly beautiful place! We might have to move there someday.

Anywho, we weren’t familiar with the area and we were starved, so we started searching for someplace to grab a quick meal.

We didn’t know much about Qdoba, but walked in and crossed our fingers, hoping we could order something close to a paleo meal. We chose the Naked Burrito – that’s all the burrito fixings without the tortilla wrap.

And oops, we had it with brown rice (yes we knew that’s a paleo no-no, but we were desperate.) We topped the rice with pork, grilled veggies, pico and guacamole. 

Well we loved it! The flavor was so good, and not counting the rice, we did pretty well.

So when I got back home, I decided to create my own version of the Naked Burrito that would be completely paleo – no grains, gluten or dairy.

I used a slow cooker for the pork, so the prep was really easy. To save time, I grabbed a can of green chilies because I wanted something you could throw together in the morning before work and let it cook all day. Feel free to use fresh chilies if you want.

After your pork has cooked, you can quickly make your cauliflower rice, add some grilled veggies…and boom! You’ll sit down to a wonderfully awesome meal full of flavor.

I’m kind of on a Mexican food kick right now and this pulled pork paleo dish was spot on! I wish they had a smell blog so you could get a whiff of what my house smells like right now – you’d be banging at my door!

If you have any leftover pork, lucky you! Mix it with just about anything for another great dish the next day, or do what I did and freeze it for a super-easy meal when you suddenly have a craving for healthy Mexican food.

Make this one! It’s good eats paleo peeps!

Paleo Green Chili Pork with Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice Recipe

Paleo Green Chili Pork with Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice Recipe


    Green Chili Pork Ingredients
  • 2 lbs of pork shoulder or pork butt
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 2 cans (4 oz size) of green chilis, or use fresh chilis if available
  • Juice of 2 limes (about 1/4 cup)
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tbs chili powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne
  • Cilantro Lime Rice (Cauliflower)
  • 1 head of cauliflower – "riced"
  • 1/4 cup broth (from the crockpot)
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 limes, plus zest
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro – leaves only
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Set slow-cooker to low
  2. Chop onion and add to slow-cooker
  3. Pour in 1/2 cup of chicken broth
  4. Next combine all of the pork spices in a small bowl
  5. Use the spices as a rub and coat the pork roast completely on all sides
  6. Juice the 2 limes, and add to slow-cooker
  7. Add your pork roast to the slow-cooker
  8. Pour the two cans of chilies over the roast
  9. Cook for 6-8 hrs. Slow-cooker temperatures vary. Mine does fine on low, but you may need to adjust yours depending on your cooker/crockpot
  10. Note: it will look like there isn't much liquid in the pot. That's OK. As the roast cooks it will add its own juices to the liquid. You don't want to dilute the lime flavor by adding too much chicken broth.
  11. Once the pork is done, start the cauliflower rice
  12. Chop up a head of cauliflower and place in a food processor
  13. Pulse it until it turns into particles resembling rice – this should happen pretty quickly
  14. Turn on a cooktop burner to medium to medium-high heat
  15. In a medium-sized pan add the cauliflower "rice"
  16. Get some of the yummy broth from the slow-cooker – about 1/4 cup – and add to rice pan
  17. Add 1/2 tsp of garlic powder
  18. The cauliflower contains a lot of moisture – you'll notice it will start to steam in the pot
  19. Just watch it and stir occasionally as it cooks. Continue cooking for 10-12 minutes
  20. Taste the cauliflower rice for consistency
  21. Once the rice is done, stir in the juice and zest of 2 limes, add cilantro, and salt and pepper to taste
  22. Serve rice to the side or as a bed for the pork
  23. Add vegetables such as grilled peppers if you like
  24. Yummm!


19 replies
  1. Carly
    Carly says:

    My boyfriend has been eating paleo so I have jumped on the band wagon and researched Pinterest for some healthy yet tasty recipes-this one is a keeper! Awesome meal! Added a home made Pico to top off the cauliflower rice and it was amazing. 5 stars! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  2. Melissa
    Melissa says:

    I will never make pulled pork with BBQ sauce again, this was a huge hit in my house last night! Wonderful!! Thank you for such a great recipe!

  3. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    I have made this several times already. Definitely a keeper! The pork is juicy and flavorful. I add some fresh cilantro and lime juice at the end to give it a bright finish. 🙂

  4. sbender4
    sbender4 says:

    I wanted to cook it before I commented…
    This dish is nothing short of amazing!! Probably the best flavored pork I’ve cooked in a long time, if ever. Kudos to the chef of this one!

    • Trina B
      Trina B says:

      Wow! That is so nice of you! I really appreciate your comment. My son isn’t a big cook, but he makes this for his friends and they all love it! I’m glad you enjoyed as well. 🙂

  5. Natashalh
    Natashalh says:

    This looks so super delicious! I know my guy would love it, too! Cilantro and lime are two of his very favorite things. We’re not actually paleo, but we try to eat reasonably when we can! He’s in the Navy and really hates the food he’s served on board. Glad I found you through the Foodie Blog Roll! I’ll be stopping back in, for sure.


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