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Whole30 Sweet Salsa Pork - Gluten-free, dairy-free, Paleo, nut-free, egg-free, instant pot, crockpot, EASY!

I don’t really like pork, but this Whole30 Sweet Salsa Pork I honestly LOVE. It’s a copycat recipe from our favorite fast-casual Mexican restaurants: Chipotle or Cafe Rio. It was an instant hit with my large family, including the picky eaters!

Why We Love This Whole30 Sweet Salsa Pork

First, not only is it Whole30, Paleo, gluten-free, and dairy-free, it’s also naturally egg-free, and nut-free!  Plus, pork roasts are often more budget-friendly than other type of roasts. Additionally, it can be cooked in the crockpot, Instant Pot, or oven.

Also, it freezes well! Make a big batch and then throw it in the freezer for up to 3 months to pull out as needed. Excellent in lettuce or jicama tacos, taco salad, or on a tostone slider. Easy prep that doesn’t require a lot of hands-on work. And, I love that it uses ingredients I can find at my local Walmart or Winco!

How to Make It

Start by soaking pitted dates in the hot water. Set aside. If cooking in the instant pot, cut the roast into 4 even slices. Then, combine all the spices in a small bowl. Rub the seasonings onto the pork roast.

Next, to start the sweet sauce, blend the soaked dates and water in a food processor or blender until smooth, with no large chunks. Place the seasoned roast on the bottom of the crockpot, Instant Pot, or into a 9×13 pan. Pour half of the date mixture (1 cup) on top of the roast, reserving the other half.

Cook until the roast shreds easily (it should be fall-apart tender!) as follows:

  • CROCKPOT: Cover with lid and cook on low for 6 hours or 4 hours on high.
  • INSTANT POT: Seal with lid and cook on manual on high pressure for 1 hour. Let the Instant Pot natural release (don’t touch release knob) for 20 minutes.
  • OVEN: Preheat oven to 325. Cover the pan with foil. Bake for 4-5 hours.

Discard the liquid in the crockpot, instant pot or 9×13 pan. Shred roast with two forks, pulling in opposite directions. 

Combine reserved 1 cup date mixture, salsa, and garlic salt. In a saucepan on the stove, combine this liquid with the shredded pork. Simmer for 20 minutes, uncovered. This can also be done on Saute in your Instant Pot.

Serve in lettuce leaf tacos or taco salad. It’s excellent with my Creamy Cilantro Ranch dressing! Leftovers are stored in the fridge for 1 week or in a sealed container in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Ingredients

  • Fresh dates, pitted – I most often use medjool dates but whatever you can find is great. I find these in the Winco bulk bins (already pitted!) or by the raisins at Walmart
  • Chili powder – I get my spices usually in the bulk bins at Winco, in bulk bottles from Sam’s Club or the generic brand at Walmart.
  • Garlic powder – See above. Granulated garlic or garlic powder works the same in this recipe.
  • Onion powder – See above. Granulated onion or onion powder works the same in this recipe.
  • Cumin
  • Paprika
  • Salt – Just your basic table salt here!
  • Boneless pork roast
  • Salsa – Not a pico de gallo type salsa, but a basic one that is more liquid/saucey like Salsa Roja
Whole30 Sweet Salsa Pork - Gluten-free, dairy-free, Paleo, nut-free, egg-free, instant pot, crockpot, EASY!

Whole30 Sweet Salsa Pork

Autumn @wholefoodfor7
5 from 8 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Course Main Course
Servings 6 people

Ingredients
 

  • 20 large fresh dates, pitted I use medjool
  • 2 cups hot water
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2-3 pound boneless pork roast
  • 1 cup salsa a saucey salsa, not pico de gallo, like salsa roja
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt or salt

Instructions
 

  • SOAK the pitted dates in the hot water. Set aside. If cooking in the instant pot, cut the roast into 4 even slices.
  • COMBINE the chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, paprika, and salt in a small bowl. Rub the seasonings onto the pork roast.
  • BLEND the soaked dates and water in a food processor or blender until smooth, with no large chunks.
  • PLACE seasoned roast on the bottom of the crockpot, Instant Pot, or into a 9x13 pan. Pour half of the date mixture (1 cup) on top of the roast, reserving the other half.
  • COOK until roast shreds easily as follows:
    CROCKPOT: Cover with lid and cook on low for 6 hours or 4 hours on high.
    INSTANT POT: Seal with lid and cook on manual on high pressure for 1 hour. Let the Instant Pot natural release (don’t touch release knob) for 20 minutes. 
    OVEN: Preheat oven to 325. Cover the pan with foil. Bake for 4-5 hours.
  • DISCARD the liquid in the crockpot, instant pot or 9x13 pan. Shred roast with two forks, pulling in opposite directions. 
  • COMBINE reserved 1 cup date mixture, salsa, and garlic salt. In a saucepan on the stove, combine this liquid with the shredded pork. Simmer for 20 minutes, uncovered. This can also be done on Saute in your Instant Pot.
  • SERVE in lettuce leaf tacos or taco salad. Leftovers store in the fridge for 1 week or in a sealed container in the freezer for up to 3 months.
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Whole30 Sweet Salsa Pork - Gluten-free, dairy-free, Paleo, nut-free, egg-free, instant pot, crockpot, EASY! Whole30 Sweet Salsa Pork - Gluten-free, dairy-free, Paleo, nut-free, egg-free, instant pot, crockpot, EASY!

16 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    My kids beg for this dish and everyone fights for the leftovers! Simply amazing!!

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    • A nutritious meal the kids beg for?? LOVE IT. That’s so awesome this is a favorite and the leftovers are in demand too. Thanks for the reviews!

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  2. 5 stars
    You knocked it out of the park again! Easy, delicious and versatile….this will be made frequently in my house!

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    • Such a simple but flavorful recipe! I’m so glad this one was a homerun that you will want to make again. Thanks for the review!

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  3. 5 stars
    This Sweet Salsa Pork is so delicious! It’s great own, but also on a bed of greens with the Cilantro Lime Ranch. Will definitely make this again!

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    • So happy you loved this one! Super flavorful and versatile. Thanks so much for the review!

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  4. 5 stars
    This one one of her best recipes I’ve tried! Myself, my husband and my 3 kids (5,7,10) all raved! I served with rice and green beans. Will be making this one regularly.

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    • Woooweee! Love that this one was the best of the best for your family. So happy to hear it’s one you want on the regular. Thank you so much for the review!

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  5. 5 stars
    This is on my plate as we speak and I am stopping to leave a review because this is amazing! Do yourself a favor and make this sooner than later!

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    • I love that this recipe is so good you paused mid-meal to make sure to leave a review. WOOT WOOT! So glad you love this one, thank you!

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  6. 5 stars
    This is one of my favorites. Everyone I’ve ever served it to loves it.

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    • WOOT WOOT! I’m so happy this is a favorite and one you want to make for company. Thanks for the review!

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  7. 5 stars
    I’ve been eyeing this recipe for a while now and finally whipped up a batch in my instant pot. It is SO GOOD!! Complete winner in our house and will be added to our rotation. I should’ve tried it sooner!

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    • WOOT WOOT that this was a winner and will be on the rotation. We love this one. Thank you!

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  8. 5 stars
    We had this for dinner tonight and it is SO good!!! Will definitely add to our regular rotation. Thank you!

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    • So happy you love this one – it was an instant hit in our home with the whole family. Glad it is one you want to have on the regular. Thank you!

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