Slow Cooker Barbacoa with Cilantro Lime Rice

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If y’all have been following us for any amount of time, you already know that we love Mexican food!  So, when we invited my parents to come over for dinner I knew I wanted to make a dish that they would love.  This recipe has tons of flavor and is prepared in the slow cooker, which makes my life so much simpler 🙂 I am a big fan of making food ahead of time and use my slow cooker any chance that I can get.

I decided to prepare a dish that I have made before…Slow Cooker Barbacoa with Cilantro Lime Rice.

Here’s how I did it…

Slow Cooker Barbacoa

Yield: 10 Servings


  • First Part:
  • 2 lbs pork loin lean
  • Salt and pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • 1/2 can of Coke Zero
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Second Part:
  • 1/2 can of Coke Zero
  • 6 oz. can diced green chiles
  • 8 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 2 chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
  • Garlic powder
  • Cumin
  • Cayenne pepper
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar


Season the pork with the garlic powder, salt and pepper and place in slow cooker. Then add the rest of the ingredients from "First Part" in the slow cooker and cook on high for 3 - 4 hours.

You will then remove the pork from the slow cooker and discard the remaining liquid.

Shred the pork. Trust me, it will be so tender! I actually use center cut loin chops and they work just as well.

You will then combine the ingredients from the "Second Part". Just trust your judgement on how much of the spices you want to use.

Add the shredded pork back to the slow cooker and mix together. Cook on high for 1 - 2 more hours.

This is 5 points plus on Weight Watchers.


This recipe is a great mix of sweet and spicy, which I love!




When I first saw this recipe and saw that Coke Zero was included, I was a bit skeptical, but trust me…it works great in this!


While the pork is cooking, you can make the Cilantro Lime Rice.

Cilantro Lime Rice


  • 1 cup of long grain white rice
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro


Cook the rice according to the packet's direction.

Once cooked, transfer rice to bowl and add cilantro and lime juice. Mix thoroughly.


I tend to use a bit more cilantro than 1/4 cup…I just love the flavor.



This is a filling dish, with a lot of flavor.  We like to add black beans, avocado as well as Fage yogurt which serves as our sour cream.  It’s like your own burrito bowl 🙂 It is delicious!




Slow Cooker Barbacoa with Cilantro Lime Rice

This really is a great and easy dish to prepare…it also makes for good leftovers and tends to have even more flavor the next day.  My parents loved dinner and we loved cooking for them!

Give it a try and let us know what you think!




  1. Jenn this looks amazing! I love make ahead meals too and I can’t wait to try this. I swear there is nothing better than coming home knowing that you dinner is ready 🙂 Hope you have a happy day, CoCo

    1. Thank you CoCo! I know exactly what you mean. With my crazy busy schedule I am so happy to return home to a cooked meal!

  2. This does look amazing! And, you said two of my favorite words…slow cooker!! Can’t wait to try this!

  3. Jen, this looks so yummy and delish. I love slow cooker meals and your whole house smells so yummy. Can’t wait to try it. Have a great day and don’t work too hard, xo Lisa

    1. Lisa – I think you are really going to like this dish. It is tasty and you are right – I love coming home when our meal is already prepared!

  4. This looks delicious Jenn! The combo of mexican recipe and slow cooker means this is a winner for sure. Can’t wait to try it and love how you served it ~ it is your own burrito bowl!! Bwg ~~~

    1. Hi Bobbi – We do love Mexican food in our house and this is one of our go-to dishes. Let me know what you think after you make it !

  5. This looks soo good, ladies! I love slowcooker meals and will have to try this on a busy day! Thank for sharing and hope your week is going great! xo

  6. Hey Kendra – When you are busy there is nothing better than coming home to your prepared dinner! I hope you give this a try!

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