This simple 21 Day Fix Southwestern Pulled Pork Tenderloin makes a delicious, healthy base for tacos, BBQ sandwiches, soups and so much more! Make it in the Instant Pot or Slow Cooker!
Originally posted on August 25, 2017, this recipe has been updated with Instant Pot instructions and I swear it’s even more juicy and delicious, plus it’s done in a little over an hour!
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Hey guys!! I’m suuuuuper excited today because this is my first post since my kids started back to school this week and I’m honestly really happy to get back to the blog, because oh, how I’ve missed you! As my youngest has been saying lately, you guys fill my bucket (of love 😉 ). I know, she’s freaking cute as hell, isn’t she?
Here’s a question for the parents out there – anyone else feel the need to celebrate the first day of school (and the sheer fact that you (and your little angels) made it through the summer more or less in tact? When my husband is home, we usually go out to breakfast that day and basically have a day date. It’s the best ever. However, this year the hubs was off guarding our coast, soooo no day date for us.
That’s ok though because do you know what I did? I went to the waterfront and enjoyed the most epically peaceful morning of my whole dang life. I took a walk and then just sat on the rocks for a while, listened to the waves and watched the silver salmon jumping in the air. I’m blissfully sighing just thinking about it. Here’s a sample 🙂
I digress, we should probably get back to the real reason you’re here – this easy, juicy slow cooker pulled pork tenderloin.
In honor of back-to-school season, I wanted to give you guys a really simple, healthy and versatile recipe that you can make on Sunday and then use in a gazillion different ways throughout the week. Something that’ll help to make your weeknights a breeze. Yeah, I got you.
Oh, and if you’re wondering…
Can you use pork tenderloin to make pulled pork?
Umm… Exhibit “A” ⇓ and don’t you let anybody tell you different!
This pulled pork tenderloin starts with my favorite seasoning blend of all time, this smoky southwestern seasoning. It’s not spicy, so it’s perfect for littles. I made sure it wouldn’t be overpowering in this dish, either to keep it super versatile.
I highly recommend that you do as I do, and keep a jar of the stuff on your counter at all times (eggs and guacamole love this seasoning, just fyi). The recipe that I give for it here will make more than you need for your tenderloins, and depending on what I’m using the pork for, sometimes I’ll stir a little more of the seasoning into the shredded pork afterward.
How to make pulled pork tenderloin in a crockpot ↓:
Use it to season up your pork:
Liquid in the pot:
Pork in the pot:
Then just cook on high for 4 hours and shred that bad boy up like he’s your ex-boyfriend!
Ok, now let’s talk about some awesome, super-quick weeknight meals that you can make with this deliciousness.
- Mix in some Apple Cider BBQ Sauce and put it on basically anything… whole wheat bread, a pita pocket, a sweet potato, your arm. Ya know, whatever.
- TACOS (because the answer is always tacos)… ya know, like these.
- Enchiladas Suizas
- Add it to your favorite soup, like this rotisserie chicken soup or this feel better soup. WINTER IS COMING.
- Pita or Flatbread Pizza – with BBQ sauce or you could mix it with some hot sauce and a little yogurt to make a buffalo chicken-style pizza with some blue cheese and mozzarella, that would be sooo good!
- Since it’s mildly spiced, you could even toss it with some of the Asian-inspired sauce from this recipe, top it with some cilantro and grated carrot and make lettuce wraps out of it. Man. I could use that in my life RIGHT NOW.
- Etc. Use those creative brains of yours, people, I can’t wait to hear what you come up with! Go get ’em, tiger.
If you make this slow cooker pulled pork tenderloin be sure to snap a pic and tag me @thefoodieandthefix or use #thefoodieandthefix on Instagram so I can check it out! It makes me ridiculously happy to see what you guys are making 🙂
Oh! And don’t forget to save this 21 Day Fix Southwestern Pulled Pork Tenderloin to Pinterest! ⇓
- 2 Tbs chili powder
- 1 1/2 Tbs ground cumin
- 2 tsp coriander
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 2 tsp salt
- 2 pork tenderloins, about 1 1/2 lbs each (not pork loins), trimmed
- 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth (2 cups for Instant Pot version)
- juice of 1 small lime
- Southwest Seasoning
- Mix together all seasoning ingredients, set aside.
Instant Pot Instructions:
- Season the trimmed pork liberally on all sides. Turn on sauté mode and sear your pork on all sides (just long enough to get the seasonings to stick). Add 2 cups of chicken broth and the lime juice to the pot, close the lid, press the meat/stew setting, changing the time to 60 minutes.
- When it's finished cooking let it naturally release (this took about 10 minutes).
- Remove the meat, shred with two forks. Save some of the cooking liquid to mix into the meat to keep the leftovers moist (I use about 1 cup for 2 tenderloins).
Slow Cooker Instructions:
- Add the chicken broth and lime juice to your slow-cooker
- Season your trimmed pork liberally on all sides with the Southwest Seasoning (the amount here should be more than you need - it's nice to have extra, you can mix some in at the end or you can save it for other things - ideas in post!)
- Put the seasoned pork into the slow-cooker with the liquid, cook on high for 4 hours.
- When they're done, pull them out of the liquid (don't toss the liquid though!), shred with two forks and it's ready to go for whatever you'd like to use it in!
- When you put it in the fridge or freezer to store it, mix the liquid into the meat. This will help to keep it juicy after being stored.
Container Equivalents per Serving: 1 Red
Weight Watchers Freestyle Points: 2
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 3/4 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 136Total Fat: 4g