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Pulled Pork over Mexican Sweet Potato Rice- Paleo/Whole30

A delicious grain free, dairy free way to enjoy Mexican food! You can make this meal in the Instant Pot or Crock Pot, cooking time will vary.

Course dinner
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword easy dinner recipe, Instant Pot, slow cooker recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Linda Spiker

Ingredients

Pulled Pork:

  • 1 cup chicken or beef broth
  • juice of one orange
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 large yellow onion, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 ~ 4 pound pork shoulder, bone in or out, cut into lemon size pieces
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 cinnamon stick

Mexican Sweet Potato Rice:

  • Olive oil butter or ghee
  • 6 cups 'Riced' Sweet Potatoes see link in blog post above for instructions
  • 1 small red onion peeled and diced
  • 1 small red bell pepper diced
  • 1   jalapeño pepper minced (use as little or as much as you want (I use 2 teaspoons)
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Toppings:

  • 4 cups chopped romaine
  • 2 avocados peeled and sliced
  • Pico de gallo, purple cabbage...whatever floats your boat

Instructions

Pork Prep:

  1. Combine all dried spices with broth and orange juice, whisk well

  2. Place onions and pork into Instant Pot or crock pot

  3. Pour broth mixture over pork and onions

  4. Add cinnamon stick and bay leaves

  5. For Crock Pot: Set crock pot on low for 8-10 hours or high for 5-6 hours. I prefer low for 10, it turns out a bit more tender. When done, remove meat from pot and set on cutting board, discard all but 1/2 cup liquid and onions. Use two forks to shred, discarding fat along the way. Add pork back to crock pot with remaining liquid and onions to keep warm

  6. If you want those browned crispy edges, sear in a hot pan for a few minutes!
  7. For Instant Pot: Close lid and make sure release valve is sealed.
  8. Close lid and make sure the release valve is in the sealed position. Press 'meat' option and set to 35 minutes. When meat is done allow to sit in the pot on lo for 15 more minutes, then carefully release valve with oven mitt or spoon to release pressure.

  9. Remove meat from pot and set on cutting board, discard all but 1/2 cup liquid and onions. Use two forks to shred pork, discarding fat along the way. Add pork back to Instant Pot to keep warm

  10. If you want those browned crispy edges, sear in the Instant Pot using the saute feature for a few minutes!

The Sweet Potato Rice:

  1. Prep all ingredients. If you need to see how to work with a hot pepper see link in blog post above.
  2. Place large pan on high heat for two minutes, When pan is very hot add olive oil, butter or ghee
  3. Add onions and bell pepper to pan and cook for 6-7 minutes, stirring occasionally (lower heat to medium if necessary
  4. Add sweet potato rice and jalapeño. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 6-7 more minutes
  5. Season with sea salt and pepper to taste
  6. Plate 'rice', top with lettuce and avocado, then pork. Add pico de gallo or purple cabbage. Enjoy!