Crockpot Cuban Pork Lettuce Wraps

Let’s talk food. This recipe was inspired by one of my favorite paleo blogs. Ever. Period. Health-Bent is ridiculously awesome at creating amazing paleo recipes. And they are especially good at creating recipes that are based off of some of their favorite regular-people-recipes. Like a cuban sandwich. Health-Bent loves cuban sandwiches and they created this amazing recipe of a cuban pork tenderloin. It’s ridiculously amazing. I’ve made it. I know all. So I made my own little cuban type meal. It’s not as good as theirs, but I tried.

Enough about food. ENOUGH. Let’s talk about things that matter. Like how my kickball game got cancelled. What a damn shame. It was 80 degrees on Sunday and it is now really cold. Like snowy cold. It snowed. There is snow on the ground. I’m officially unhappy again. Not really, but I’m not loving it either. I need to be somewhere that it’s warm every day, all the time. My endorphins would be ecstatic. Ok, let’s be honest, I’m just unhappy I don’t get to check out dudes during kickball. Lamesauce.

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Crockpot Cuban Pork Lettuce Wraps

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 8 hours
  • Total Time: 8 hours 5 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 1x


  • 1 head of butter lettuce, washed

For the pork

  • 2lb pork shoulder roast (or roast of your choice)
  • 1 yellow onion, sliced
  • 6 cloves of garlic, peeled
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 orange, juiced and zested
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • salt and pepper, to taste

For the slaw

  • 1 head of purple cabbage, sliced to thickness preference
  • 56 dill pickles, sliced lengthwise
  • 56 tablespoons yellow mustard (the kind you put on burgers, not the powder)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Crockpot time!! Add your pork ingredients to the crockpot, No perfect way to do this, I just recommend topping your pork off with the zest and spices, but whatevs!
  2. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  3. If you are making the pork overnight, put together your slaw so it can sit in the refrigerator overnight and all the flavors can meld together. If not, just make it right before and it will still be delish!
  4. Add all your slaw ingredients into a large bowl, using as much mustard as suits your fancy.
  5. Once pork is done cooking, use tongs to shred that guy!!
  6. Place shredded pork and slaw in a leaf of butter lettuce and eat it up!

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I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.


69 thoughts on “Crockpot Cuban Pork Lettuce Wraps”

  1. I haven’t gotten my shirt yet, hmmm. Or my head band to rock at regionals lol. I will be sure to praise them when I receive them haha. Still waiting on this video, im just curious as to what you said about me?????

  2. I should not read your blog before bed!! I just want to jump through the screen and eat this… even though it’s almost mid-night. So sad.

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  6. looks SO goooood. love lettuce wraps although boston/ butter lettuce tends to fall apart on me. but there’s nothing wrong with a messy plate of yummy taco filling and eating it up with a fork.

  7. Quick tip: If you have a stand mixer, put your cooked meat (pork in this case, but it also works for chicken and roast) in the bowl, throw on the beater attachment and turn on low. The easiest shredding you’ll ever do! Its like watching a miracle. LOL.

    Loving your recipes. I made your Mushroom Gravy Slow Cooked Rump Roast a few days ago, delicious! Can’t wait to try this. Wish I could buy it for lunch somewhere.

  8. Thank you for another crock pot recipe. Those rock my world, I might have made the apple ginger pork 4 times. This looks yum and its next up!

  9. 1) Health Bent is awesome, and this adaptation looks as awesome; 2) The shirt is great; speed of delivery fast; totally easy overall. Only complaint – somewhere I’ve lost the ability to fit into a large. This is my own fault. I refuse to be a medium and thus will shoot for largeness with a meatza tonight.

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    1. Well Tricia, I’m a 34C, have a smaller waist and a little wider hips and I wear a fitted medium. People have said they are tighter so if you are not a fan of that, go a bit larger than you’d think

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  12. I would love to make this, but alas, I am currently “crockpot-less”…Could I possibly make this in a dutch oven on a low heat (stovetop or in the oven) without ruining your recipe?…Must buy new crockpot soon!

  13. I’ve got my tank! I wear it all the time. It is super comfy, true to size, washes well and great to workout in. Your posts crack me up every night I read them. Keep doing what you are doing. I will continue to support you : )

  14. This is insanely good! I’ve added this to my regular lunches as long as Meghan keeps making it for me ;-)!

    I’d love to support you by wearing a t-shirt. Can you offer a wick-away material tank top? Seems impossible to find one.

  15. Hi, there! I ordered my tank on Sunday evening and it arrived on Wednesday afternoon! Wow. Fast and free shipping? Awesome.

    I wore it to work out in and it was very comfy. TTS.

    *gasp* It accidentally was dried in the dryer! I don’t machine dry any gym clothing. I thought it was doomed for a Barbie doll…but, LO! Nope! It still fits like it did when I received it.

    I promote your website shamelessly and now that I have the tank…the promotion continues. Lots of gym folks stopped me to inquire about site on the tank. 🙂

    Thank you again for your witty posts and your genius recipes. *standing ovation*

    *scratches head* Should I order a white one, too?

    1. That’s so good to hear!! I never dry mine in the dryer either so that’s definitely cool to know!! Thanks so much for liking the recipes 🙂 and duh, you should DEFINITELY buy a white one!

  16. Hi Juli,
    I like the recipe a lot since I’m Cuban! Ha Ha the trick with all Cuban food is the cumin. Their 2 things maybe you want to try, if you want to cut out the prep time entirely. Try using Mojo, it’s a Goya product, don’t know if you can get it where you live. And the other thing is make a foil ring, at the bottom of the crock pot, and then you can add different juices, beers etc… Because it almost creates a mini steam room for the meat , which in turn the meat goes to a whole other level of moisture.
    I’ll definitely spread the word!!! BRAVO! Nice Job!!! Please keep it comin!
    I’ve already book marked your post.

    1. Thanks so much for the tips!! I have no idea what i’m doing nor have I tried many different kinds of food so i always love hearing feedback from people that have! you’re awesome!

  17. Made this last night and it got a big thumbs up from both of us. Actually, yesterday was a PaleOMG day. We had your Banana Bread French toast for breakfast (my husband raved!) and this for dinner. AND I wore my PaleOMG T for the first time as well. It was a strange way to ‘celebrate’ Easter but it worked for me!

    The leftover meat is going to go on top of salads of some type tonight.

  18. 1) I just got back to work after being out of the office for two weeks, and I’ve spent most of my day catching up on your posts. I consider far more productive and beneficial than “working.”
    2) I’m gonna make the shit out of this recipe. I love all things Cuban!
    3) I have the black short sleeved PaleOMG shirt. Love it. I got a medium, and I generally wear a small or medium, and the medium was a little tight. May be because of my semi-large boobs (I hate them). Customer service is AWESOME. I’d actually told my fiance (now hubby) that I wanted a PaleOMG shirt. So I ordered one the next day, and, nice guy he is, decided to surprise me and ordered the exact same shirt. Since I don’t need two, he simply emailed Renegade and they were more than happy to quickly fix the issue!

  19. Holy Crap! We just finished dinner and this was absolutely FANTASTIC!!! The only change was I used bread and butter pickles since hubby doesn’t like dill. Freakin’ awesome and EASY. I used a 5 lb roast so we’d have some for lunch. Freakin’ awesome. Thank you!

  20. OH MY! I made this last night and I had a VERY happy husband! Wonderful receipe, thank you!

  21. Made this along with the Cuban-style rice for our Memorial Day get-together. Had to break the news to my friends and family that I am now in love with you.

  22. This was insanely good. I live alone and brought the rest into work to share the wealth and the response was exactly what my response was the first time I tried it: “You made that?! But it’s so tasty!”. (not the greatest cook here). Anywho, thanks a million. I lurrrrrrrve this dish!

  23. Found this recipe AFTER I had already made a huge thing of pulled pork but I made the cabbage slaw and it’s SO GOOD! Thank you!

  24. I want to try this recipe, but they only had a 7lb pork shoulder. Any suggestions for cooking time?

  25. Delicious! I love the coleslaw and the pork has so much flavor. I am definitely making this again

  26. Ummm that cabbage slaw is no joke. I don’t think my husband has ever willingly eaten purple cabbage and he had 3 helpings last night and asked for leftovers for lunch. This is fantastic!

  27. This is one of my all time favorite recipes! We are going to try it in the instant pot tonight! Just wondering if you have revamped it for instant pot??

  28. This dish has become my birthday dinner for the past several years as well as for parties. So much flavor with little work (thank you, Juli & crockpot!!!)

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