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…
The 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. [av_sidebar widget_area=’Lockerdome’ av_uid=’av-2rx1bs’]
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!
- 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
- 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
- Set slow-cooker to low
- Chop onion and add to slow-cooker
- Pour in 1/2 cup of chicken broth
- Next combine all of the pork spices in a small bowl
- Use the spices as a rub and coat the pork roast completely on all sides
- Juice the 2 limes, and add to slow-cooker
- Add your pork roast to the slow-cooker
- Pour the two cans of chilies over the roast
- 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
- 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.
- Once the pork is done, start the cauliflower rice
- Chop up a head of cauliflower and place in a food processor
- Pulse it until it turns into particles resembling rice – this should happen pretty quickly
- Turn on a cooktop burner to medium to medium-high heat
- In a medium-sized pan add the cauliflower "rice"
- Get some of the yummy broth from the slow-cooker – about 1/4 cup – and add to rice pan
- Add 1/2 tsp of garlic powder
- The cauliflower contains a lot of moisture – you'll notice it will start to steam in the pot
- Just watch it and stir occasionally as it cooks. Continue cooking for 10-12 minutes
- Taste the cauliflower rice for consistency
- Once the rice is done, stir in the juice and zest of 2 limes, add cilantro, and salt and pepper to taste
- Serve rice to the side or as a bed for the pork
- Add vegetables such as grilled peppers if you like
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! :)
Thank YOU Carly! :) So happy you two enjoyed!
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!
Thank you so much Melissa! I love it to because its not loaded down with sugary sauce. :) Thank you for taking the time to let me know!
Made this for dinner tonight… Pretty good!
Nice – glad you enjoyed!
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. :)
Thank you! I appreciate you letting me know! Personally, I can never get enough lime or cilantro! :)
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!
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. :)
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.
Thank you so much for your comment! I’m sure your guy will love it. I have two boys in college who aren’t paleo but love this dish!
How many servings is this dish?