Crockpot Pulled Pork Chili

I need to tell you about something that’s pretty much the greatest thing to happen to me since paleo brownies. Speaking of brownies, I might be making some this week for you. Just for you, definitely not for me. Anywho, I went to the gym the other day, and when I came out, my car was on. But I had my keys in my hand. I was confused. Like, uber confused. It wasn’t until I was handed to new remote starter to my car that I actually understood what was happening. I got an early Christmas present!! Since it’s been so freezing cold here, my car got a little helpful boost added to it while I was gone. So now, when I work the early shifts at the gym, I can start my car from bed and my butt will be warm as soon as I sit down. Paleo brownies and a warm car at 6am? HELL YES. This year can’t get any better.

I seriously love the movie Avatar. I’m guessing I’ve talked about this at least 4 times on my blog before, but whenever I get to see it again, I get so excited. It’s 1 of 2 movies I own. Avatar and The Breakfast Club. Makes sense. Both movies I cry in. For different reasons. But the Pandora’s world strikes more closely to my heart. Mostly because I want to live there and this world seems excessively boring when you watch that movie.

Speaking of another world, I’ve been remembering my dreams a lot lately. I wake up in the middle of the night, then once I fall back asleep, I have crazy dreams. Remember my dream about creepy people? Well, that one is still the worst. By far. But the other day, I had a dream about alligators. Or maybe it was a crocodile. I don’t really know the difference. I think alligators are smaller. So it was an alligator. Anywho, I was being chased by an alligator and what did I do? I jumped in a pool. THE ONE THING YOU’RE NOT SUPPOSE TO DO, I did. How childish of me. My dreams are childish. Anyways, when I woke up, the covers were all over the place, and my heart was racing. I’m guessing I was sweating too, mostly because I’m just a sweaty person. Does it count as exercise if your heart rate is elevated and you’re pitting out? I’m countin’ it.

I think I have poor circulation in my feet. They are ALWAYS cold. Socks on, socks off, shoes on, shoes off, fur boots on, fur boots off. I need heated socks for this winter.


Crockpot Pulled Pork Chili

  • Yield: 6-8 1x


  • 2 pound pork roast (excess fat trimmed)
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1/2 cup hot sauce
  • 3 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 1 heaping tablespoon red pepper flakes
  • lots of salt
  • 2 yellow onions, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 2 (14) ounce cans of fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1 (14) ounce can of tomato sauce
  • avocado, sliced (to garnish)
  • green onions, diced (to garnish)


  1. Place the pork roast in a Crockpot.
  2. Press a knife into the roast in 3 spots and press the peeled garlic cloves into the holes made from the knife.
  3. Pour hot sauce over meat.
  4. Sprinkle the paprika, garlic powder, chili powder, cumin, cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes, and salt on top of the roast.
  5. Place diced onions, peppers, tomatoes and tomatoes sauce on top of the roast.
  6. Cover and cook for 8-10 hours on low.
  7. Garnish with sliced avocado and green onions.

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110 thoughts on “Crockpot Pulled Pork Chili”

  1. Need to make this for the pulled pork/barbecue fiends in my life ASAP!

    Also, apparently I need to get on this remote starter thing. There is nothing worse than trudging across a freeeeeeezing parking lot only to go sit in your freeeeeeezing car. Gah.

  2. pulled pork is my shit!! i’ll be honest. i only ever make civilized caveman’s pulled pork. i am obsessed with it. have you tried his?? i figure he might have made if for you by now!!

    i can’t wait to try yours now.

  3. i love your writing! i’m a newbie with paleo – training for the boston marathon – it will be my 10th and i will have just turned 60 – yikes – did i type that outloud??

    question: what kind of hot sauce do you use? siracha? do you make it?

    thank you for this most wonderful of blogs!

    Remote starting, aka. “puffing” is illegal in Denver! You will be ticketed if a cop finds your car running, even if it is locked, even if you are right inside.
    I still do it. I have a private driveway, but I guess it is still illegal. IT WAS -13 degrees last week! It is COLD!

  5. This recipe is awesome! I skipped the red pepper flakes any threw in two jalapeños because I wanted to use them up. All I can say is wow! I want this for breakfast, lunch and dinner!

  6. I made this today with a couple of (minor) changes, and it was delicious! I reduced the amount of hot sauce to 1/4 cup and instead of red pepper flakes, I used fresh ground black pepper (I have 4 small children, and didn’t want it too spicy for them)

  7. Would you Juli or anyone know the nutritional info for this recipe? I’m trying to track of my calories 🙂

  8. It’s a good recipe up until the cumin.

    I made this last night, but when I tasted it all I could taste was cumin. One tablespoon was waaay too much. ( maybe it’s just me! others seemed to like it! ) After a few bites, though, I got over it.

    Also, I’d suggest putting what kind of hot sauce you recommend in the recipe. I had to scroll through the comments to find out.

    Over all, not too bad. Definitely great for this cold winter<3

    ( also, since someone asked:

    Calories (split between 8 people) 368 p/serving
    Fat(g) 18.4
    Saturated (g) 6.2
    Polyunsat. (g) 1.6
    Monounsat. (g) 7.5
    Trans (g) 0
    Cholesterol (mg) 93.7
    Sodium (mg) 477.7
    Potassium (mg) 682.7
    Carbs (g) 16.9
    Fiber(g) 6.1
    Sugar (g) 9.5
    Protein (g) 33.7
    Vitamin A (%) 107.5
    Vitamin C (%) 118.8
    Calcium (%) 5.6
    Iron (%) 11.5

    Individual results vary, of course. )

    1. Quick question about your macro’s, does that include the avocado in the calorie count? Or do I have to add that separate in MyFitnessPal. Up until now I had done it with my recipe in the app, however I accidentally deleted it. When I saw someone else had done it I was very excited I wouldn’t have to recreate the wheel 🙂

      Thanks for that.

  9. I made this yesterday and thought about 9T of spices had to be a typo. 3T of smoked paprika was nearly half the bottle so I had a bad feeling. I went with it though and it was awesome. Even better today. Might have been a little salty last night but better today.

  10. I made this today and it is DELICIOUS! I did modify the ingredients a bit because I was afraid it would be too spicy. I used 1/4 cup Tabasco, 2 Tbl Paprica (ran out), 1 Tbl Chili Powder (again – ran out), 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes, 1/4 tsp Cayenne, and 1 Tbl Salt.

  11. Made this a couple of nights ago and VERY pleased with how easy this recipe was and how tasty it ended up!

    It was a bit overly spicy for the hubby, but just right for my Texan Taste Buds.

  12. So I made this the other day and I have eaten it like 5 times so far and it’s still yummy! I’m going to use it at work on our soup day! But i’ll have to restock my spices……….Thanks for sharing!

  13. This is outstanding! I used 1.5 T of paprika (ran out) and 1 t of cayenne. Did not add salt, as I wanted to taste first due to hot sauce. Turns out I didn’t need to – we added salt individually, as the flavors are strong, and the heat was winning out. It was plenty spicy for us. Topped with sharp cheddar (shoot me), guac, cilantro and lime. Really,really good. This is a go-to recipe for sure. Thanks!

  14. Yeah… best chili I’ve had in a while. I used jalapeno hot sauce (the green stuff) and it turned out amazing. My bf doesn’t like heat, and it IS spicy, but hey. More for me. Awesome recipe, thanks!

  15. Yeah… best chili I’ve had in a while. I used jalapeno hot sauce (the green stuff) and it turned out amazing. My bf doesn’t like heat, and it IS spicy, but hey. More for me. Awesome recipe, thanks!

  16. When you mention the remote start….I must caution you….never leave the car running in a garage,…even with the garage doors open.
    Whole families have been killed when the exhaust fumes seeped into the house. Please don’t take a chance.

    I wish you a happy new year!!!

    And stay warm. ml

  17. bought the ingredients and realized my crockpot is too small! how would you adjust the recipe? cut it in 1/2? use 1/2 the liquid? would the cooking time change?

  18. Just made this yesterday and I LOVED it!!! I like spicy foods, but I dialed back the red pepper flakes and hot sauce so my husband would try it. It was still a little too spicy for him, but I was a huge fan!!!! Also super delicious with the sliced avocado on top…yum! Can’t wait to eat it again for lunch today 🙂

  19. My husband and I are quite new to the paleo eating scene and recently bought ourselves a crockpot (or slow cooker as it’s called in the UK) especially to try this amazing looking recipe. We made it quite spicy as we’re a bit addicted to chillis and I have to say, it was absolutely fantastic! So tasty (especially with the avocado on top), so easy and so healthy. Thank you for sharing the recipe, we will be eating it now every week!

  20. This is soooo tasty! I followed the recipe and am amazed at how delicious and reminiscent of posole it is. Two thumbs up.

  21. I threw this in the crock pot about an hour ago, and I just looked at the recipe again and realized I only used one can of tomatoes rather than two. Do you think that matters? There seems to be enough liquid, but just making sure I shouldn’t try to add something else. Thanks! Can’t wait to see how this turns out!

  22. I hate having to cook everyday especially when i work long days at work and don’t really have time. I found this and made it last night and holy cow it’s delicious!! Thank you so much for the recipe

  23. Put this together this morning for tonight’s dinner and, man was it good!!! I pulled back a bit on a few of the spicier spices and am glad I did in the end as it was plenty spicy. For the hot sauce, I used Frank’s.

    Thank you for a great recipe!!!

  24. I just started eating Paleo this month, immediately found your blog and made this recipe first. OMG is it delicious! Definitely on the spicy side, but the sliced avocado help cut the heat a bit. I will definitely be trying more of your recipes!

  25. I just tried this recipe tonight, and while it sounds delicious, I realized after already assembling things in my crock pot that there was no way that everything was going to fit, leaving me with a hodgepodge of end ingredients and without bell peppers as there was no space. Granted, I should have realized this was going to be a problem before I started loading things into my crock pot, but I have been pleasantly surprised before when I thought that I was going to be over capacity. Could you please add the size of the crock pot you are using to your recipe(s), as “crock pot” isn’t really a container size and crock pot sizes really do vary?

    Many thanks.

  26. This is delicious. I cubed up some sweet potatoes and tossed them in there, also. In my opinion, the sweetness really adds a bit of balance to the dish, and I definitely need to carbohydrates as a highly active male. With each recipe, I become more and more of a devout fan of this blog. Keep ’em coming! 😉

  27. Being from New Mexico & growing up on Hatch chili, this sounds great. What about using brisket instead of port & adding yellow homony?

  28. This is awesome! I was addicted to your brownies.. and now this! It was so easy, I threw everything in the pot yesterday morning and now I have my afternoon snack made for my boyfriend & I for the entire week! 🙂
    The flavour is amazing! Perfect combination of spices. It thickened up overnight in the fridge, so I threw it on top of some brown rice. I can’t wait to eat it this afternoon!
    Thanks Juli!!!

  29. I’m so sorry to have to rate something so low!! I love your recipes, usually! This is WAY too spicy for any normal human being!! I’m kind of a puss when it comes to spice,but my husband is better, and he had a cold and couldn’t even taste anything, but was sweating bullets and his lips were on fire. He then had some….let’s just say, some GI upset afterwards….I could only go through one bowl total, with so much leftover!! The hubs ended up eating a few bowls for leftovers but then had to abandon it because he was tired of pooping fire. I will try this again, but with maybe half the spice!!! And I will have to rate more of your recipes, because I have tried many and loved them all!! 🙂

    1. oh no!!!!! i’m so sorry, sorry to hear that! people have said that my spicy recipes are too spicy for them, so i’m sorry it was for you! keep that in mind if you create any of my spicy dishes in the future. sorry again about that!

  30. Would adding a can of black beans and frozen corn affect this recipe negatively? Do you know if I would add them at the very beginning of the cooking process or later?

  31. I was disappointed by this recipe. It was all spice with no harmony to the flavors making it a fairly one dimensional dish. I think an earlier commenter was correct in suggesting that you indicate exactly which hot sauce you used as that could have been the reason for my lackluster results.

    And yes, it’s was really spicy! I had to rinse the meat for it to be palatable for my kids (who are typically great with spicy dishes).

  32. Whoa, this was delicious. If I were to make it for others (why would I do that, ha ha), I would probably scale back the spiciness. I left out the cayenne b/c I didn’t have any and it still has a pretty solid warmth. Also, I’m a big sub-er in recipes so I think next time I’ll tinker by adding an chipotle pepper or two. I think it could be transformative. But as is, I love the recipe. Thanks for sharing!

    Oh, and if anyone is as impatient as me, if the pork isn’t fork-tearing apart, it’s not done. I was hungry plus my cold house was making it hard for my crockpot so I cranked it up to high for an hour and I was set!

  33. Sounds good ,other then the type of hot sauce. Don’t like that vinegar taste. Going to follow it but might do a table spoon siracha instead

  34. extremely easy to make. tastes out of this world delicious. makes plenty and freezes well. spicy spicy spicy and i loved it.

  35. I’m sitting here waiting for one of my muffins to cook (from your website) and now I’m checking out this pulled pork. Cant’ wait to try this.

    So…I want to say thanks. I’ve been on Paleo about one year and loving it – your recipes have really helped me. Personal favorites are your meat-loafs!

  36. This is ridic!!! Super good.
    I modified the 2nd time I made it and substituted the hot sauce and fire roasted tomatoes with regular tomatoes, chilis and jalapenos.
    Either way, its amazing with avocado and go primal on yourself and put pepperjack cheese on that baby!
    It has become a weekly staple in my kitchen!
    Your recipes and blog are great!!! 🙂

  37. As I was throwing this recipe together in the crockpot I kept thinking could this be right? Seemed like a lot of spices on top of the hot sauce. I usually love spice and put red pepper flakes on almost everything but this was WAY too hot for my husband and I. We couldn’t finish. Im going to try to pick out the meat and use it with eggs to tone down the spice a bit. Are you sure all those spices are Tablespoons?? Keep up the great work though! I usually love everything you post and the Chicken Enchilada Stewe is a weekly staple for us.

  38. Delicious! If you love spicy food, cut the spice in half….I like spicy food and put in half of what was called for and it was STILL pretty stinkin’ spicy. Really, really tasty though!

  39. Is there any way to cut the cook time down? I figure just putting it on high might not have it come out the same…

    1. haha no. if you have it on high, you could cut the time down, but it definitely doesn’t create the same pull apart texture in the meat

  40. Hi, I really loved this dish. My only complaint was… not enough pork! If I wanted to cook 2 or 3 two pound hunks of pork at once, I think there’s plenty of “sauce” for that. But would I need to increase the spices? I don’t think so, but since the spices go directly on top of the pork… do I? Can you foresee any problems with increasing the meat?

  41. This looks delicious, but I am trying to find something to use the pork tenderloins I have in my freezer. What modifications would you use?

  42. Thank you for sharing all these great recipes. I am looking into getting a crockpot. Do you have any recommendations?

  43. How long before te meat starts falling apart? And do you pick it apart in the crock pot or do you take it out to do it?

  44. I’ve made this several times before, and it’s always a hit. I highly recommend it.

    It actually won a chili cookoff at a party this past weekend (which got me a wicker picnic basket, a sporting goods gift certificate, a pair of ‘pig’ oven mitts, a nice bottle of wine & a bottle of Macallan 15 year-old Scotch).

    You results may vary.

  45. Apologies if this is a double post, but I’ve been having some browser issues.

    I was going to try this recipe, but the Pork Roast I have for it is a bit larger, closer to 3.75 lbs instead of 2lb (plus I have bone in as well).

    What would you suggest I do in this situation, cut it down to 2lbs or just use the entire thing and just cook it for longer?

    This recipe looks fantastic, so I eagerly await your response. 🙂

  46. Holy heck… While his is good it was waaaaaay spicer than I was ready for. Should’ve read a few comments before I dumped in all the spice. And I didn’t even add hot sauce. Juli how do I tame it down? Water? Tomato sauce? Help me tame the beast of this chili!

    Thank you”

  47. Okay well I’m borderline obsessed with you and your recipes, but I think I need to finally learn my lesson that you have a waaaayyyy spicier palate than my boyfriend and me! hahaha. I read some comments and I left out the red pepper flakes (mostly because I didn’t have any) and added extra garlic and some onion powder, thinking we’d be fine.

    Holy mouth on fire!It was freaking delicious though, so we started dumping coconut sugar in to even it out so that we could power through. 😀 Definitely making this again and just taking it a bit easy with the spices. It was so freakin easy and had amazing flavor.

    Thank you so much for all you do!

  48. Hey there!

    Could this go longer than 10 hours and be ok??

    I’ve had this epic recipe before but want to see if it’s ok to let it go longer?

    Let me know!


  49. I didn’t have any pork on hand, so I’m making this with a three-pound moose loin that my brother the hunter gave me. I used the exact amount of spice…I’m thinking the extra pound of meat will probably keep it from being too hot. I feel sad for my husband who is vegan. 🙂

  50. I dont usually leave reviews but this chili is amazing. We add extra cayenne and it is so spicy and filling and perfect. I made it for work for a chili cookoff (credited your website and handed out recipes of course! hopefully you got some new traffic) and it won. We were discussing buying a bigger crockpot so we can make it in larger quantities lol. Thank you!

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