Recipe courtesy of EatingWell.com

Slow-Cooker Braised Pork with Salsa

With just a few ingredients, you can produce a full-flavored, meltingly tender pork stew in your slow cooker. Serve over quinoa or rice.
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 8 hr
  • Prep: 8 hr
  • Yield: 8 servings, generous 3/4 cup each
  • Nutrition Info
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Ingredients

3 pounds boneless pork shoulder or butt

1 1/2 cups prepared tomatillo salsa (see Ingredient Note)

1 3/4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth

1 medium onion, thinly sliced

1 teaspoon cumin seeds or ground cumin

3 plum tomatoes (1/2 pound), thinly sliced

1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro, divided

1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream

Directions

  1. Trim and discard pork surface fat. Cut meat apart following layers of fat around muscles; trim and discard fat. Cut into 2-inch chunks and rinse with cold water. Place in a 5- or 6-quart slow cooker. Turn heat to high.
  2. Combine salsa, broth, onion and cumin seeds in a saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Pour over the meat. Add tomatoes and mix gently. Put the lid on and cook until the meat is pull-apart tender, 6 to 7 hours.
  3. With a slotted spoon, transfer the pork to a large bowl; cover and keep warm. Pour the sauce and vegetables into a large skillet; skim fat. Bring to a boil over high heat. Boil, skimming froth from time to time, for about 20 minutes, to intensify flavors and thicken slightly. Add the pork and 1/4 cup cilantro; heat through.
  4. To serve, ladle into bowls and garnish each serving with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkling of the remaining 1/4 cup cilantro.Oven method: Total: 3 hoursPreheat oven to 350°F. Combine pork, salsa, 1/2 cup chicken broth, onion, cumin seeds and tomatoes in a 9-by-13-inch baking dish; cover snugly with foil. Bake until the pork is pull-apart tender, about 2 1/4 hours. Skim fat. Uncover and bake until the meat begins to brown, about 15 minutes more. Stir in 1/4 cup cilantro. Ladle into bowls, garnish with sour cream and remaining cilantro.
  5. Ingredient Note: Tomatillo salsa (sometimes labeled salsa verde or green salsa) is a blend of green chiles, onions and tomatillos. It is sold in supermarkets.
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