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Shredded Pork Burritos

Pork roast is slow-cooked with savory and sweet ingredients, including a can of cola, to create tender, shredded pork burritos. A tomatillo sauce, made easy with a dressing mix, tops the pork for an out-of-this-world entree.—Katherine Nelson, Centerville, Utah
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Cook: 9 hours
  • Makes
    16 servings (2-1/3 cups sauce)


  • 1 bone-in pork shoulder roast (5 pounds)
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1/2 cup packed brown sugar, divided
  • 4 teaspoons paprika, divided
  • 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 can (12 ounces) cola
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 large sweet onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • 2 tomatillos, husks removed
  • 3/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and cut into chunks
  • 1 envelope ranch salad dressing mix
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 16 flour tortillas (8 inches), room temperature


  • Cut roast in half. Combine 2 tablespoons brown sugar, 2 teaspoons paprika, pepper flakes, cumin and salt; rub over meat. Place in a 4-qt. slow cooker. Add the cola, broth, onion and garlic. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours or until meat is tender.
  • Set meat aside until cool enough to handle. Remove meat from bones; discard bones. Shred meat with 2 forks. Skim fat from cooking juices and return meat to slow cooker. Stir in remaining brown sugar and paprika. Cover and cook on low for 1 hour or until heated through.
  • Meanwhile, in a blender, combine the mayonnaise, milk, tomatillos, cilantro, jalapeno, dressing mix, lime juice, garlic and cayenne. Cover and process until blended. Pour into a small bowl. Chill until serving.
  • Using a slotted spoon, spoon 1/2 cup filling off center on each tortilla. Drizzle with some of the tomatillo sauce. Fold sides and ends over filling and roll up. Serve with remaining sauce.
Editor's Note
Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
Nutrition Facts
1 burrito: 370 calories, 24g fat (6g saturated fat), 77mg cholesterol, 451mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 1g fiber), 24g protein.

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  • Kathy
    May 25, 2020

    I'm sorry folks, but this was way too sweet! I used 1/2 the amount of brown sugar, added salt, paprika, chili powder and it was still awful. The meat was very tender, though. I didn't care for the Tomatillo sauce either.

  • JCV4
    Mar 28, 2015


  • CiscoKim
    Nov 12, 2013

    My large family LOVES this recipe (and we have some "food critics"!) I have doubled it using 7 qt crockpot and it works as well. If you want to increase the heat and add to the layers of flavor, add a few chopped up chipotle peppers in adobo sauce! The tomatillo sauce is heaven! This recipe is always a hit! Repeat, repeat, repeat! Adjust spice level according to guests -we make it mild by cutting down on peppers when grand kids present!

  • purplepentacle
    Aug 7, 2013

    The pork is delicious, the sauce is amazing and when you put them together, it is like magic, we couldn't stop eating it!

  • twass
    Sep 17, 2012

    The sauce for the burritos is maybe the best that I have ever had! I also put shredded cabbage in the burritos and they were great!

  • emily_cs
    Oct 18, 2011

    I really wanted to love this recipe. When I saw it in the Slow Cooker cookbook, I was very excited to try it.The pork smelled heavenly while it was cooking. But I found that the pork was very sweet when I was shredding it, and didn't even add the last bit of brown sugar, opting instead to put in extra cumin, which really helped with the sweetness. I would not add the coke at all if I made it again. And I might try it with beef since it has a bit stronger flavor to stand up to the rest.The flavor was good, but I wasn't wowed. I really wished it tasted as wonderful as it smelled when cooking.

  • Swtbby
    Jun 7, 2011

    Absolutely fabulous! I made this for Mother's Day & it was a huge hit. My husband's favorite kind of food is Mexican, so I'm always afraid to make something new. He loved it! The food was worth the effort.

  • ahfclass
    May 4, 2011

    The Cafe Rio Pork Barbacoa WITH the dressing?! My family loves it--heaven!! And THANK YOU!!!

  • pbarber4
    Feb 17, 2011

    This is the 1st recipe I have ever rated on any website. Thats how wonderful this recipe is. I have made this 3 times in the last 6 months for family get togethers and it gets RAVE reviews. It is so easy. This was the 1st time I had ever used a tomatillo and we found the tomatillo sauce to be absolutely wonderful on just about anything so make extra and it can be made a day or two in advance. Most slow cooker meat recipes are dry and tasteless this one is tender, juicy and flavorful. You can adjust the spices for personal preference - I leave out the red pepper flakes because I don't like much spice.

  • mwilson101
    Jan 7, 2011

    I followed the recipe to the letter. It was good but it isn't one of those WOW recipes.