Chipotle Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches With Avocado Ranch Sauce {Whole Wheat}

These slow cooker pulled pork sandwiches have a chipotle kick and a creamy, smokey avocado ranch sauce. A quick and easy, kid friendly dinner that makes great leftovers!

Crockpot Chipotle Pulled Pork Sandwiches With Avocado Ranch Sauce {Whole Wheat} - Food Faith Fitness

Yes, that this has a really long title. But that is not what I was going to say.

You are thinking “Pulled pork with chipotle, ranch AND avocado, did Taylor really go there?”

Yeaaaa giiirl, I did.

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2 things you should know about this recipe:

1. It makes your mouth really happy

2. It’s so insanely easy that you could do it with your eyes closed.

Except, if you’re going to do that, please make sure you peek a little once you get to the part with the food processor. I lost my finger tip in a food processor battle once. True story.

Side note: I am typing this with all 10 tips in tact. It grew back. You were concerned. I know.

Crockpot Chipotle Pulled Pork Sandwiches With Avocado Ranch Sauce {Whole Wheat} - Food Faith Fitness

Anyways. Pulled pork with creamy avocado ranch sauce. Right.

So, really all you gotta do a little mix-up-the-spices dance, sprinkle it on some pork to give it some pizzazz, and then stick that baby in your crockpot or slow cooker, if you call it that, and go watch “The Bachelor.” Not that I am excited that it’s Juan-uary or anything. If you watch this show, that I do not watch (read: I do), you will know what I am talking about.

Re-visit the little oinkster 6-10 hours later and, VOILA, dinner for you…and about a million other people. This recipe makes a lot. But, that’s ok because it freezes ah-may-zingly. Hello quick, hubby pleasing lunches that I don’t have to put any work into. Yes puhlease.

Crockpot Chipotle Pulled Pork Sandwiches With Avocado Ranch Sauce {Whole Wheat} - Food Faith Fitness

Speaking of my favorite man, when I told him about this recipe idea, his face went like this –> :(.  He said “Taylor, that is going to be wayyy too much going on, sometimes less is more.”

Oh my dear, there is a reason that you are the nurse and I am the food blogger.  Although, I do try to self diagnose all my ailments so, technically, I am kind of a nurse? I guess that Web MD helps me  though, so I can’t take all of the credit for my self diagnosis skillz.

Anyway.

This pulled pork comes out SUPER tender and insanely easy to shred. You could be all dainty and proper and use forks to shred up this bad boy, orrrr you can be uncivilized, like myself, and just get all up in thur and use your hands. Use your hands. You know you want it. It’s 4 bazillion times more fun.

Crockpot Chipotle Pulled Pork Sandwiches With Avocado Ranch Sauce {Whole Wheat} - Food Faith Fitness

Once you’ve shred, shred, shredded that pork you can blend, blend, blend up that saucey goodness. Words are more fun in threes, don’t you think?

Now, this is the time when you want to open your eyes and peek a little. Sharp blades + fingers + closed eyes = no bueno. Just throw all the necessary ingredients in there, hit that blend button, and hello creamy-delicious-sauce-that-is-begging-to-be-poured-over-pork-and-absorbed-into-a-big-chunk-o-carby-goodness. You like it.

Side note: I tried to make this healthier by using all Greek yogurt and subbing the Ranch dressing for Ranch dressing powdered mix. Do NOT do this. Unless you like things to do not, in any way, shape, or form, taste like Ranch dressing. Blech. Yo’ taste buds will not be pleased with you.

Crockpot Chipotle Pulled Pork Sandwiches With Avocado Ranch Sauce {Whole Wheat} - Food Faith Fitness

Now that you’ve got all the components made, done all the various (and required) dances, throw those those babies on a nice, whole wheat bun and call it yum-in-your-face. This sauce, you guys, just gets eaten up by the bread which makes for a very pleasant mouth-ular experience.

And, Mr. FFF? He ate his words. Literallly.

Loved it.

Nailed it.

Crockpot Chipotle Pulled Pork Sandwiches With Avocado Ranch Sauce {Whole Wheat} - Food Faith Fitness

Do it.

5.0 from 2 reviews

Crockpot Chipotle Pulled Pork With Avocado Ranch Sauce {Whole Wheat}
 
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Serves: 8-10
Ingredients
  • For the pork:
  • 1 Medium yellow onion, sliced
  • 2 Tbsps Fresh garlic, minced
  • 3½ – 4 Lbs Pork shoulder, excess fat removed.
  • For the spice rub:
  • 1 Tbsp Brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Salt
  • ¼ tsp Smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp Cumin powder
  • 1 tsp Chili powder
  • ½ Tbsp Adobo sauce (from a can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce)
  • 1 Cup Water
  • For the Avocado Ranch Sauce:
  • 1 Small avocado, mashed (about ½ cup)
  • 2 Tbsp Fresh garlic, minced
  • ½ Cup + 2 Tbsp Low-fat or fat-free Ranch dressing of choice
  • 1 Tbsp + 1 tsp Adobo sauce
  • ¼ tsp Smoked paprika
  • 2 tsps Onion powder
  • ½ tsp Chili powder
  • Salt/pepper to taste
  • Whole wheat hamburger buns
  • Coleslaw mix for garnish (optional)
Instructions
  1. For the pork:
  2. Slice the onion and mince the garlic and place it in the bottom of your crock pot. Pour in 1 cup of water.
  3. Combine all the spices for the spice rub in a small bowl and set aside.
  4. Cut any huge, visible chunks of fat off your pork shoulder and then rub it all over with the spice rub, until it is evenly coated.
  5. Place the pork on top of the onions, garlic and water and cook until it is tender and moist, 6-8 hours on high or 8-10 hours on low.
  6. Once the pork is cooked, strain the liquid out of the crock pot and place the solids (which is made up of the onions and garlic) back into the crock pot.
  7. Transfer the pork onto a cutting board and shred with 2 forks.
  8. Transfer the shredded pork back into the crock pot and mix with the onions and garlic. Cover and keep warm until ready to serve.
  9. Combine all the sauce ingredients in a food processor and blend until completely smooth and creamy. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  10. Serve the pulled pork on a whole wheat bun, topped with coleslaw mix and lots and lots of chipotle sauce.
  11. Devour!

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Comments

  1. says

    It’s been far too long since I’ve crocked and oinkster and these sandwiches are making me yeeeeeeern for pulled pork goodness! Men crack me up about food…they tend to get concerned when you pull the ol “crock pot chipotle pulled pork with avocado ranch sauce and a side of holy crap, this is the most amazing thing ever” I think it’s a lot for them to digest, but when it comes down to it, they digest it goooooooooood! I promise I won’t Greek yogurt the ranch sauce. YUM!

    • Tate says

      You need to change that girl! It’s time to crock it up!
      I think you are correct about your thoughts on men…at least they come around in the end!

  2. Brittany says

    Just found your blog! Lovin’ it so far :) and that pork sounds like HEAVEN in ma’ mouth! Can’t wait to try it out!

    • Tate says

      So happy to have you here Brittany! Thanks so much, it is definitely one of my fav recipes and I hope you love it girl! :)

  3. says

    This is exactly what I want for dinner tonight. Like, if I walked in the door and this was waiting for me, I would be the happiest guy on earth. LOVE avocado ranch and LOVE pulled pork. Together, really, is a no brainer. And, side note, I’m happy your finger grew back haha :)

  4. says

    This here shredded pork looks mighty tasty. Yes, sometimes less is more, but there are other times (like these) where flavors come together and create something so very delicious. Um, your finger, ouch! I’ll leave my eyes open. Pinned!

  5. says

    Ohmygosh. I can’t believe you lost your finger tip in the food processor! How scary and painful. I have flashes of something like that happening to me all the time, or my hand getting pulverized in the garbage disposal. Arghhh.. Anyhoo, on a lighter note, these sandwiches look ah-mazing! I love the chipotle and avocado and ranch and pulled pork. All of it!!

    • Tate says

      Oh man, I have those kind of flashes all the time! I hope you never have to go through the pain girl!
      Thanks for the sweet words Nicole! :)

  6. says

    Yum, this sounds delicious! Love Chipotle Pulled Pork and the avocado ranch dressing sounds amazing too! Will be giving this a go soon.:)

  7. says

    The shredded pork looks divine! I’m just curious about how avocado ranch dressing tastes. But well, I will know how tasty it is when I try it this weekend!

  8. says

    Have been loving the crock pot lately, especially with all the Paleo stuff I have been making. Takes the time element out of the picture, make a little bit and throw it in the crock pot! WIN! :) These look perfect for a superbowl party, totally pining and sharing on social media Tate! Loving the recipe and the pics! YUM!

    P.S. Glad your finger tip grew back. :)

  9. says

    Pulled pork + avocado + a big carby hamburger bun??? Dinner heaven. You really nailed this time Taylor.
    I’d love to make these (and eat them!) right now but can’t because:
    1) It’s 11pm and I should be in bed
    2) I’m sleepy and I’d probably chop off all of my fingers if I tried to use the food processor
    3) I just had dinner
    4) No, but really, I’m so sleepy that I wrote “a hamburger bum” instead of “bun” and I had to stop to laugh at it for 5 whole minutes hehehehehe,
    I like these burgers though… I bet they’re happening on Sunday dinner yeah!

    • Tate says

      Hahahah hamburger bum. We’re 5.
      Thanks for the sweet words! 1)go to bed. 2)I hope you love these and let me know if they happen for you on Sunday girlfriend! :)

  10. says

    I have been teetering on the edge of buying a crock pot and I think this recipe pushed me over. GAH! Those look incredible! The more flavors the merrier in my book.

    And I had to laugh about the self-diagnosing. I’m the exact same way, so much so that my boyfriend made me promise not to go on WebMD anymore. He never said anything about Google searching, though… :)

    • Tate says

      There is no teeter, there is only do. That was my Yoda impression. Buy a crock pot girl, you will NOT be let down!
      HAHAHA Google to the rescue eh? LOVE IT.

  11. Cindy says

    Alright, got this in the crockpot now. Cannot wait to try them out, the house smells amazing thanks to all those wonderful spices. The hubs is really looking g forward the them, I’ll let you know how it turns out!

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