Mexican-Style Pot Roast Sandwiches

Photo: Blaine Moats
Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
10 hrs
Total Time:
10 hrs 30 mins


  • 1 3-3.5 pound boneless pork shoulder roast

  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

  • 1 ½ cup vinegar

  • 1 cup fresh cilantro leaves

  • 1 medium onion, cut into wedges

  • ¼ cup water

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

  • 2 medium red onions, thinly sliced

  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil

  • ¼ cup lime juice

  • 8 hoagie buns or kaiser rolls, split and toasted


  1. Trim fat from meat. If necessary, cut meat to fit into a 3 1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker. With a sharp knife, make slits evenly on all sides of the meat. Insert garlic slices into slits. Place meat in cooker.

  2. In a blender combine vinegar, cilantro, onion wedges, the water, oregano, cumin, salt, and pepper. Cover and blend until smooth. Pour over meat in cooker.

  3. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 10 to 12 hours or on high-heat setting for 5 to 6 hours.

  4. Just before serving, in a large skillet cook red onions in hot oil over medium heat about 15 minutes or until tender. Carefully add lime juice to skillet. Cook and stir for 3 to 5 minutes more or until lime juice is evaporated.

  5. Meanwhile, using a slotted spoon, transfer meat from slow cooker to a cutting board. Using two forks, pull meat apart into shreds. Place shredded meat in a large bowl. Add 1 cup of the cooking juices in cooker, tossing to coat.

  6. Divide shredded meat among bottoms of buns. If desired, drizzle with additional cooking liquid. Top with cooked red onions and bun tops.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

540 Calories
15g Fat
57g Carbs
42g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 540
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 110mg 37%
Sodium 793mg 34%
Total Carbohydrate 57g 21%
Protein 42g

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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