Slow Cooker Peruvian Pulled Pork Cauliflower Rice Bowls

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Slow Cooker Peruvian Pulled Pork Cauliflower Rice Bowls are an easy back to school crock pot recipe. When you get home, all you have to do is whip up some quick cauliflower rice and an easy Aji sauce, because your crock pot does the work all day to infuse tons of South American flavor into these Slow Cooker Peruvian Pulled Pork Cauliflower Rice Bowls.

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When I lived in New Jersey, I was about equidistant from two Trader Joe’s, and neither was close. The one that was slightly further, distance-wise, was in a town that I almost never went to, had almost no parking, and the store itself was pretty small, I think even by Trader Joe’s standards. The other was a little closer, but I had to travel down a road that I avoided at all costs because if there was no traffic I could probably get there in 20-ish minutes, but there was traffic about ninety percent of the time, which easily doubled the travel time in both directions.

So as much as people raved about their Cookie Butter and chocolate covered almonds and Joe-Joe’s and Corn and Chile Salsa, I just never felt that these products were enough to compel to make me want to drag myself way out of my way, especially when I wouldn’t be able to do all of my grocery shopping here.

I went to one here in Maryland, again in a location that gets swamped with traffic at the drop of a hat, but it was after a long day of Christmas shopping in a very busy area, so I couldn’t muster up the energy to buy anything more than some cashews and walnuts.

But then I was seeing all of this awesome stuff Laney from Life is But a Dish was posting on Snapchat. Stuff that would be awesome for the Bug’s Lunchbox and after school snacks and such. Stuff that I didn’t care about when I didn’t have two kiddos with insatiable appetites that my lofty goal of making all of their snacks from scratch couldn’t keep up with. And then I discovered there was another Trader Joe’s about fifteen or twenty minutes from my house, and just a little past where I pick up my CSA veggies.

So I went. And I was in heaven. I didn’t over do it, but I did buy a watermelon and ground beef and organic chicken legs and cashews and dried mango and dried mandarin oranges and gluten free pretzels and pretzel nuggets and organic raisins and Ezekiel bread and dehydrated broccoli and zucchini and candy-coated chocolates without artificial colors and coconut milk and yogurt and salsa and tomato sauce and…

OK, so maybe I did overdo it, but I could have bought so much more. I really exercised restraint.

Now you know, I scoff at people who buy bags of cauliflower rice, because it’s not difficult to make. But if I’m going to be making the trek to Trader Joe’s periodically to stock up on lunchbox stuff, I might as well buy it. That way, not only can I avoid redecorating my house with cauliflower rice when I make it in the blender, but it makes meals like Slow Cooker Peruvian Pulled Pork Cauliflower Rice Bowls even easier…

 

Slow Cooker Peruvian Pulled Pork Cauliflower Rice Bowls - an easy crock pot recipe with tons of South American flavor. Gluten free | cupcakesandkalechips.com

Slow Cooker Peruvian Pulled Pork Cauliflower Rice Bowls are serious bowls of deliciousness. You only need six simple ingredients to add tons of flavor to the pulled pork, plus the crock pot does all the work. Then in less than half an hour (less if you buy the aforementioned bag o’cauli rice), you can load it on top of the cauliflower rice with corn, queso fresco (or feta if you can’t find the queso fresco), and a simple, fresh, and spicy Aji sauce that you can whizz up in seconds in your blender.

In fact, blend up a batch to make this Peruvian-Style Grilled Street Corn, cook an extra few ears, then use the leftover corn, sauce, and cheese to make these pulled pork bowls.

Slow Cooker Peruvian Pulled Pork Cauliflower Rice Bowls - an easy crock pot recipe with tons of South American flavor. Gluten free | cupcakesandkalechips.com

The pork is so simple that you might as well double the recipe and freeze the leftovers. If you don’t want to bother with everything else to make these cauliflower rice bowls, you can just pile that pork on top of some precooked brown rice or rolls or a salad or tortilla and call it a day. But make the Aji sauce. So worth it, and it tastes amazing on any grilled meats or veggies, or even these turkey burgers.

Slow Cooker Peruvian Pulled Pork Cauliflower Rice Bowls - an easy crock pot recipe with tons of South American flavor. Gluten free | cupcakesandkalechips.com

Seriously, once you’ve taken a few minutes to get the meat in the crock pot in the morning, you can whip up everything else for this Slow Cooker Peruvian Pulled Pork Cauliflower Rice Bowls recipe in less time than it takes me to get to Trader Joe’s!

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Slow Cooker Peruvian Pulled Pork Cauliflower Rice Bowls
5 from 2 votes

Slow Cooker Peruvian Pulled Pork Cauliflower Rice Bowls

An easy crock pot recipe with tons of South American flavor in the pork, then topped with corn, cheese, and a fresh and spicy Aji sauce that whips up in a few minutes.
Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 4 hrs 20 mins
Total: 4 hrs 35 mins
Servings: 6

Ingredients

For the pork:

  • 2 1/2 pounds boneless pork loin roast
  • 2 Tablespoons soy sauce or tamari
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

For the Aji sauce:

  • 2 jalapenos, roughly chopped (ribs and seeds removed unless you want it extra spicy)
  • 1 cup packed fresh cilantro, including the leaves and stems
  • 1 clove garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • cup plain Greek yogurt

For the rice bowls:

  • 1 large head cauliflower, or 1 package pre-riced cauliflower
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 3 ears corn on the cob, cooked and cut from the cob, or about 3 cups cooked corn niblets
  • 2 cups crumbled queso fresco, cotija cheese, or feta cheese

Instructions

For the pork:

  • Place the pork in the slow cooker.
  • In a small bowl, stir together the remaining ingredients. Pour over the pork, cover, and cook on low for 4-6 hours, or until the pork is cooked through and shreds easily.
  • Remove the pork, but save the liquid in the slow cooker. Discard the excess fat, shred the pork and return to the slow cooker. Keep warm.

For the Aji sauce:

  • Combine the ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Store in the refrigerator.

For the rice bowls:

  • Cut cauliflower into florets then, In batches, place cauliflower in a food processor or high-powered blender and pulse until it achieves a rice-like consistency.
  • In a large pan, over medium heat olive oil.
  • Add the cauliflower and salt, then stir to coat completely, and smooth to a single layer.
  • Stir every 4-6 minutes. After about ten minutes the rice will start to brown on the bottom, so you may have to stir more frequently.
  • Cook for a total of about 10-20 minutes, until lightly browned or to desired tenderness.
  • Add cauliflower rice to bowls. Top each with about half a cup of corn, shredded pork, Aji sauce, and about a quarter cup of cheese.

Notes

You may have leftover pork which can be frozen if desired.
Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Peruvian Pulled Pork Cauliflower Rice Bowls
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 498 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Fat 25g38%
Saturated Fat 8g40%
Cholesterol 147mg49%
Sodium 753mg31%
Potassium 989mg28%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 53g106%
Vitamin A 725IU15%
Vitamin C 22mg27%
Calcium 269mg27%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Enjoy this Slow Cooker Peruvian Pulled Pork Cauliflower Rice Bowls recipe!

Slow Cooker Peruvian Pulled Pork Cauliflower Rice Bowls - an easy crock pot recipe with tons of South American flavor. Gluten free | cupcakesandkalechips.com

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Plus a few from my friends…

Slow Cooker Peruvian Pulled Pork Cauliflower Rice Bowls - an easy crock pot recipe with tons of South American flavor. Gluten free | cupcakesandkalechips.com

Slow Cooker Peruvian Pulled Pork Cauliflower Rice Bowls - an easy crock pot recipe with tons of South American flavor. Gluten free | cupcakesandkalechips.com

 

9 Comments
  1. lulu's mama

    I’m making this today, it looks delicious- is there enough liquid between the soy sauce and lemon or am I missing something?

      1. Lulu’s Mama

        5 stars
        Hi! I wasn’t sure so I added half a bottle of Corona beer to the crock pot to have some more liquid. Delicious and just enough liquid to make it saucy.

    1. Brianne Cupcakes & Kale Chips

      Hi Roberta,
      I haven’t tried making the recipe with coconut cream, but I think it would work fine. Or I know that there are dairy free (soy) yogurts available in most larger grocery stores. I hope you find something that works for you!

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