Slow Cooker Cilantro Lime Pork

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This Slow Cooker Cilantro Lime Pork recipe is incredibly tender, flavorful, bright, and perfect for any tacos, rice, burritos, and so much more. An easy Crockpot meal that is perfect for Cinco de Mayo or easy weeknight dinners! 

One bowl of cilantro lime pork with limes, tomatoes, onions, rice, and jajapeños

What is better than tender pork that has cooked in a lime marinade and fresh cilantro? Pair it with cauliflower rice or regular rice for a match-made-in-heaven. Whether you are enjoying this cilantro and lime pulled pork by itself with avocados and tomatoes or in a taco garnished with onions and jalapeños, you are definitely going to want to keep this slow cooker recipe around!

I love to pair this lime pulled pork with my Mexican Four Bean Salad and Mexican Layered Bean Dip for any joyous occasion or simple weeknight that calls for good food. Got any chips and salsa? Those would be a perfect addition! 


Why You’re Going to Love This Carnitas Recipe

  • So easy to make: This cilantro lime pork tenderloin recipe is ready in just a few simple steps! The perfect option for anyone looking for an easy recipe that can be dumped and forgotten.
  • Delicious in flavor: All thanks to the spice-filled taco seasoning, citrus flavors, and fresh cilantro, this pulled pork is so yummy and perfect for when you’re craving something savory.
  • Made with just a handful of simple ingredients: Prepared with just five ingredients, this easy dinner recipe is minimal and stress-free!

Lime juice, lime, and taco seasoning

Ingredients You Need

Pork tenderloin – Slicing a tenderloin before placing it in the Crockpot isn’t necessary, but it does speed up the cooking process by 30-60 minutes. 
Taco seasoning – You can make your own taco seasoning or use a package of taco seasoning like you would buy from the grocery store.
Chicken stock – If you don’t have chicken stock, then you can use vegetable stock instead.
Lime – You will need one to two whole limes for juice and zest. 
Cilantro –Fresh cilantro is best! Make sure to snip the ends of the cilantro leaves. You can use more cilantro for garnishment, too.


Top view of cilantro

Optional Serving Suggestions

Serve this cilantro lime pork recipe with a variety of garnishments that will truly transform the dish!

Tomatoes, cilantro, jalapeños, lime, and onions

  • Sliced avocado
  • Lime wedges
  • Fresh jalapeño
  • Tomatoes or salsa
  • Flour or corn tortillas
  • In a burrito bowl with rice or cauliflower rice or pinto beans

How to Make Slower Cooker Lime Pork

For the full instructions, scroll down to the recipe card.

Combine ingredients: Place the pork tenderloin in the slow cooker. Sprinkle with taco seasoning and pour in the lime juice, zest, and chicken stock.

Cook the pork: Pour the chicken stock into the Crockpot and cook on low for six hours.

Top view of slow cooker cilantro lime pork in slowcooker

Shred the meat: Next, shred the pork tenderloin. Stir in the cilantro.

three tortillas stuffed with cilantro lime pork

Serve: Serve the warm meat in rice bowls or on tortillas as tacos or burritos. Garnish accordingly.


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one bowl of cilantro lime pork in bowl with tortila


  • Store the leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three to four days.
  • To freeze, transfer the ingredients to a freezer-safe storage container or bag and freeze for up to six months. When ready to thaw, allow to thaw overnight in the refrigerator until ready to reheat.
  • Make sure not to overcook the pork! It will be too tough if it is overcooked.


Top view of tacos filled with slow cooker cilantro lime pork

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Let’s get to the simple recipe for this Slow Cooker Cilantro Lime Pork!  M.

One bowl of pork with tortilla
4.80 from 5 votes
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Slow Cooker Cilantro Lime Pork

Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time6 hours
Total Time6 hours 10 minutes
Course: Pork
Cuisine: American/ Mexican
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Michaela Kenkel


  • 2 pounds pork tenderloin
  • 1 1 ounce package taco seasoning mix
  • ½ cup chicken stock
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh lime juice + 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • ¼-1/3 cup fresh cilantro snipped + more for serving if desired
  • For serving: sliced avocado lime wedges, fresh jalapeño, tomatoes or salsa
  • Serve on flour tortillas like tacos or in bowls with rice and pinto beans.


  • Place pork in slow cooker, sprinkle with taco seasoning and pour in lime juice, zest and chicken stock. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours.
    Shred meat and return to liquid in the slow cooker, stir in cilantro.
    Serve warm meat from slow cooker on tortillas or in rice bowls, garnished to your liking.

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  1. Mexican is my fav and your pork looks and sounds delicious! I love how simple and easy it sounds with zingy flavours too. Will give it a go, thanks for sharing.

  2. Amazing! It was SO tasty and SO flavorful. I served it with mashed potatoes. Will definitely be making this again in the future. Thank you so much.

  3. Gave this a try for some pulled pork sandwiches, and it turned out perfect! So tender and juicy; easily, a new family favorite dish in our home!

  4. This cilantro lime pork is so good! I love to eat it over a bed of nachos or as tacos. DELICIOUS!

  5. All I could find was a 1.5 lb tenderloin. Shall I keep all other ingredient amounts the same? How long should it cook?

    1. That isn’t that much different- I think you will be fine to leave the ingredients the same. It may get done a bit sooner? I’d check it at 5 hours and see if it shreds. If so, you are all good! 🙂

    1. I have never made this recipe in an instant pot. I found this recipe for pork tenderloin online with cooking times. I think that if you followed it using the spices you would be successful. Otherwise, look for the cooktimes in your instant pot cookbook that came with your machine, taking care to no overfill the pot etc.

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