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Slow Cooker Cuban Pork Rice Bowls

Slow Cooker Cuban Pork Rice Bowls make a healthy lunch or dinner that are easily customizable to your tastes. Cook the pork in the slow cooker with orange juice, lime and garlic along with rich spices to create a juicy, flavorful pulled pork. Pair the pork with rice and throw on your favorite toppings for an easy on-the-go lunch!

Slow Cooker Cuban Pork Rice Bowls with forks.

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SLOW COOKER CUBAN PORK RICE BOWLS

I am all about quick and easy meals during the week now that I have three children under 5 running around.

I especially love things I can prep on a Sunday and use throughout the week.

These Slow Cooker Cuban Pork Rice Bowls are just that. Simple, flavorful, healthy and perfect for meal prep.

I try my hardest to do my meal prep on the weekend to make the weekdays easier.

These are good ones for meal-prep too. 

With my children in different schools and my constant running around I have to make meal time easy to ensure we are eating healthy and not always eating in restaurants.

I love using pulled pork in a variety of meals like today’s rice bowl, these pulled pork sliders or in tacos. 

If you like pork you should also check out this post on How to Bake Pork Chops in the Oven, How to Make Pork Loin in the Slow CookerSlow Cooker Pork Shoulder Roast Recipe, How to Make Pork Tenderloin in the Slow Cooker or these BBQ Baked Pork Chops.

Slow Cooker Cuban Pork Rice Bowls with salsa.

You might remember when I shared The Best Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas, this Slow Cooker Barbecue Pulled Pork and these Slow Cooker Shredded Pork Tacos.

My slow cooker is my best friend these days and pork works great.

I like how tender the pork becomes after slowly cooking all day in the crockpot.

Today’s Slow Cooker Cuban Pork Rice Bowls uses orange juice and lime juice to give the pork a nice citrus flavor and the acid from the juices helps to tenderize the meat.

This recipe also uses 11 cloves of garlic but if that is too much for you just use however much you like.

You might be thinking that is way too much garlic, but I promise it works great.

It adds just the right amount of flavor without overpowering the pork.

This recipe also brings in some warm spices including cumin and oregano.

I love recipes that involve shredding the meat because it creates a lot of leftovers that I can use throughout the week.

Slow Cooker Cuban Pork Rice Bowls with limes.

WHAT INGREDIENTS ARE IN THESE SLOW COOKER PORK RICE BOWLS?

PORK SHOULDER ROAST {OR PORK LOIN ROAST}

ORANGE JUICE

LIME JUICE

CUMIN

OREGANO

CRUSHRED RED PEPPER

GARLIC

SWEET ONION

BAY LEAVES

Slow Cooker Cuban Pork Rice Bowls with cilantro.

HOW DO YOU MAKE THIS SLOW COOKER PORK?

In a medium bowl mix together the olive oil, orange juice, lime juice, salt, pepper, cumin, oregano and crushed red pepper.

Trim the fat off of the pork roast and place in a slow cooker.

Using a knife to cut 5 small slits in the pork roast and place a piece of smashed garlic in each slit.

Pour the marinade over the pork roast in the slow cooker and use a brush or your hands to rub the marinade so it is covering the pork roast.

Add the remaining smashed garlic cloves, onion and bay leaves.

Cook on low for 7 1/2 hours. Using two forks shred the pork and return to the slow cooker, stirring to combine. Continue to cook for 30 more minutes.

Serve the Cuban pork over brown rice with your favorite toppings like cilantro, avocado, salsa, sour cream and cheese.

Slow Cooker Cuban Pork Rice Bowls with logo.

Slow Cooker Cuban Pork Rice Bowls make a healthy lunch or dinner that are easily customizable to your tastes. Cook the pork in the slow cooker with orange juice, lime and garlic along with rich spices to create a juicy, flavorful pulled pork. Pair the pork with rice and throw on your favorite toppings for an easy on-the-go lunch!

Slow Cooker Cuban Pork Rice Bowls

Yield: 8-10
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 10 minutes

Slow Cooker Cuban Pork Rice Bowls make a healthy lunch or dinner that are easily customizable to your tastes. Cook the pork in the slow cooker with orange juice, lime and garlic along with rich spices to create a juicy, flavorful pulled pork. Pair the pork with rice and throw on your favorite toppings for an easy on-the-go lunch!

Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 - 4 lbs. pork shoulder roast {or pork loin roast}
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper {optional}
  • 11 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
  • 1 medium sweet onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 bay leaves

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl mix together the olive oil, orange juice, lime juice, salt, pepper, cumin, oregano and crushed red pepper.
  2. Trim the fat off of the pork roast and place in a slow cooker. Using a knife to cut 5 small slits in the pork roast and place a piece of smashed garlic in each slit. Pour the marinade over the pork roast in the slow cooker and use a brush or your hands to rub the marinade so it is covering the pork roast. Add the remaining smashed garlic cloves, onion and bay leaves.
  3. Cook on low for 7 1/2 hours. Using two forks shred the pork and return to the slow cooker, stirring to combine. Continue to cook for 30 more minutes.
  4. Serve the Cuban pork over brown rice with your favorite toppings like cilantro, avocado, salsa, sour cream and cheese.

Notes

The pulled Cuban pork is great to keep in the fridge during the week to use in easy meals like rice bowls, quesadillas, sandwiches and more.

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