Pork Verde Enchiladas made easy with slow cooker pulled pork. Finish the enchiladas off in the oven for a perfect dinner.
These beautiful Pork Verde Enchiladas start out in the slow cooker. I cook the meat all-night with seasonings, beer and a small amount of liquid smoke. The next day I get everything ready to put together these enchiladas. I cook the tortillas in oil for a small amount of time to make them pliable, this is what Mexican restaurants do for their enchiladas too. I add chopped cilantro to the green enchilada sauce to liven it up. Then I start assembling the enchiladas. Enchiladas are not hard to make, it just takes some time to get everything ready before you start filling them.
If you have not par-cooked tortillas for enchiladas before you may want to watch this video below. I learned from my mom growing up, but if I did not watch her I may have been confused about the small amount of time that they really need to cook.
- 3.5 lbs. boneless pork shoulder
- cooking oil
- ½ tsp. salt
- ¼ tsp. pepper
- ½ tsp. onion powder
- 1 tsp. oregano
- 1 tsp. chili powder
- ¼ tsp. liquid hickory smoke
- ½ cup water
- ½ cup beer (use additional water if you can't use beer)
- 1 tbsp. minced garlic
- about 16 yellow corn tortillas
- cooking oil
- 1 (28-oz.) can green enchilada sauce
- ⅛ cup chopped cilantro
- 1.5 lb. shredded Monterey Jack cheese
- I like to cook the meat overnight, then I can assemble the enchiladas in time for dinner since the pork takes 10 hours to cook and the enchiladas take some preparation and time in the oven.
- In a large skillet set to medium-high heat add the oil. When the pan and oil are hot brown the pork roast on all sides. Place in to the slow cooker. Add remaining ingredients over the pork roast.
- Cover and cook on LOW for 10 hours.
- Shred the meat with 2 forks, set aside.
- Set a skillet over medium-high heat. Add about an inch of oil. Cook each corn tortillas for about 2 seconds on each side, place them onto paper towels to drain the oil. This light cooking of the tortillas it gives them a bite and makes them easy to work with when rolling the enchiladas. I added a short video from youtube above this recipe card to show how to do this. Get everything else that is needed to make the enchiladas ready. Mix the enchilada sauce and cilantro together in a small bowl.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- I use 2 large casserole dishes for this recipe. Spread a small amount of enchilada sauce in the bottom of the casserole dishes. Lay a cooked tortilla down in the sauce in the casserole dish, add about a ¼ cup of pulled pork, a sprinkle of cheese and a drizzle of enchilada sauce, roll up the tortilla and put the seam down. Repeat this until all the meat is gone. Add a touch of enchilada sauce to the top of the enchiladas, add about a cup and half of cheese to the top of each casserole dish. Cover with foil.
- Bake for 35 minutes covered and then 20 minutes uncovered. If you like browned cheese on top (like mine), set the oven to broil and cook for about 5 minutes until the cheese is browned.
- Whew! You're done.
- Serve and enjoy!
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