Crock Pot Diaries: Salsa Verde Pork


Thanks for the coffee grounds beef crock pot recipe. I saved my coffee grounds this morning in anticipation of making it tonight.

Any help with a crock pot recipe for pork?

Sammy J. 

crock pot salsa_verde #1

I have a favorite recipe for pork shoulder/butt inspired by Seaside Kitchen's, Cassidy Flynn.

I have made this about 10 times in the last few months and believe I have something special. For best results, consume with generous helping of Red Bridge beer.

5 lbs pork butt or shoulder
2 jars of Mi Casa Salsa Verde Medium
7 oz can of diced green chili’s
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 - 1 tablespoon sea salt (depends on taste)
1 teaspoon of pepper
2 chopped cloves of garlic
1 medium onion
½ cup of water

Chop up the garlic. And brown the garlic and onions in a pan with some butter, add to the crock pot.
Sear the pork shoulder/butt in the pan for 2-3 mins a side. Put into crock pot.
Deglaze the pan with the water and pour into crock pot.
Pour Salsa Verde, diced green chiles, cumin, salt and pepper into the crock pot.
Stir up the ingredients.
Cook on low for 8 hours.

Serves 1. 


John Welbourn is CEO of Power Athlete and creator of Johnnie WOD. He is a 9 year starter in the National Football League and NFL veteran. John was drafted with the 97th pick in 1999 NFL Draft and went on to be a starter for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1999-2003, appearing in 3 NFC Championship games, and for the Kansas City Chiefs from 2004-2007. In 2008, he played with the New England Patriots until an injury ended his season early and retiring in 2009. Over the course of his career, John has started over 100 games and has 10 play-off appearances. He was a four year lettermen while playing football at the University of California at Berkeley. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in Rhetoric in 1998. John has worked with the MLB, NFL, NHL and other professional and Olympic athletes. He travels the world lecturing on performance and nutrition for Power Athlete and the CrossFit Speciality Seminar: Sports Specific Application. You can catch up with John as his personal blog on training, food and life, Talk To Me Johnnie or at Power Athlete.

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33 Responses to Crock Pot Diaries: Salsa Verde Pork

  1. Jake

    “serves 1” = AWESOME! I love this. Now no reason to share at all! 🙂

  2. freddy

    Serves 1……..that’s awesome.

  3. Slampiece

    For best results, consume with Red Bridge — I’m making this tomorrow.

    Thanks, John & Cassidy.

  4. Will M.

    Making this happen tonight!! Thanks for the recipe!

  5. Jackson

    Awesome. Thanks John.

  6. Jake

    Thanks this is awesome!

  7. Will B

    This recipe is a definite go to, throw some pickled red onions and avocado on top and you are ready to get down.

  8. Mike McD

    First time I have wholeheartedly disagreed with you John. Red Bridge beer is the most god-awful shit I have ever put in my mouth. I wanted to like it, I really did, because I love beer but the gluten fucks my stomach. Especially around #18 or so, but Red Bridge is awful.

    Great recipe- I make a very similar one every week. Super cheap and easy protein.

  9. fintan

    Gonna try this out…gonna sub the red bridge with Guinness though

  10. Jake

    Making this tomorrow!

    Hope the Crock Pot Diaries becomes a regular occurrence on TTMJ!

    Thanks, John.

  11. Travis Jewett

    I also like Bard’s for gluten free beers

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  13. Bill

    Good recipe John.

    What about ciders as a beer sub? Canada doesn’t have much choice for gluten free beers

  14. Mmmmmmm……. Cross Foot

  15. Donovan

    Where is this coffee ground beef recipe? It sounds gnarly.

  16. Pollack

    Awesome recipe. I remember you mentioning slow cooking chicken with coconut milk and hot sauce before and that came out great, so I’m itching to try these out.

  17. B DIRKS

    Thanks for the great recipe and all the great info on your sites. I made it for the guys at the fire station today and they destroyed it (even without the side of beer).

  18. Matt

    Bought 15lbs of Pork Butt at Costco yesterday, cooked it overnight, ate this for breakfast, lunch, and dinner today. Thanks John, great recipe

  19. Alec

    Solid recipe. I wish I was big enough that I could eat this in one sitting. Still working on it…

    I used to drink about 2 beers per day but that stuff messes me up now. During hot summer nights I like Woodchuck Granny Smith ciders. A lot less sugar than most hard ciders. If you’re paleo and keep your fruit to a minimum it’s still plenty sweet and refreshing.

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  21. semgo7

    Made it, it was terrific. Thank you John. Cooked it for 12 hours(by accident) and the pork was not dry as well as tender.


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  24. Jay McClung

    Throw in some cilantro whole during cooking and remove when done. Mince some more for garnish. Also, substitute chicken broth for water.

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  28. Linda

    This is fantastic! I used a different brand of salsa verde (Herdez in the glass bottle) and I only used one bottle. I used 1/2 c. orange juice instead of water to deglaze the pan. I pushed the garlic thru my little garlic press instead of chopping it; used 1 tsp of sea salt. Didn’t change anything else.

    It was sooooo goooood! Picked up some “homemade” corn tortillas from a local mexican restaurant (Las Golandrinas – Orange County, CA) and made tacos out of it. Only need the meat topped with a little sour cream. It was amazing! Could open a restaurant with it! Very, very tasty. Will definitely be making this again and again!

    Thank you for the wonderful recipe!

  29. Lyman

    I had a bad experience with warm salasa verde at a mexican restaurant in south TX, so I’ve been resisting making this. Made it yesterday. DAMN it’s sooooooooooooo good! It’s the best pork from the slow cooker I’ve ever tasted. Totally smoked my former favorite recipe. WHEN WILL I LEARN TO JUST DO WHAT JOHN SAYS?!

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