Slow Cooker Hawaiian Pulled Pork Tostadas

Slow Cooker Hawaiian Pulled Pork Tostadas - Few ingredients, minimal prep time, HUGE flavors! Let your crockpot do all the work for this family-friendly meal. |

Fall is a busy time of year, any way you look at it. Even though it’s just my husband and I, we still find this time of year to be pretty hectic. Jeff goes back to school two evenings a week this month for his master’s degree. There’s also weekends filled with college football games and friend get-togethers, as well as the various DIY projects we’re trying to do around the house. Simple, easy-to-prepare meals are absolutely key to getting through this season.

Slow Cooker Hawaiian Pulled Pork Tostadas - Few ingredients, minimal prep time, HUGE flavors! Let your crockpot do all the work for this family-friendly meal. |

Slow Cooker Hawaiian Pulled Pork Tostadas - Few ingredients, minimal prep time, HUGE flavors! Let your crockpot do all the work for this family-friendly meal. |

I turn to my slow cooker all year ’round for easy meals. I especially appreciate recipes that call for just a few ingredients, and don’t require me to do a lot of prep work, either before the meal goes into the slow cooker or after it comes out. I kept all of that in mind while creating these Slow Cooker Hawaiian Pulled Pork Tostadas.

To prepare, simple place a boneless pork shoulder in the slow cooker, along with a bit of water, barbecue sauce and a can of diced green chiles, and let it do it’s thing for eight hours. Just before the timer dings, crisp up some corn tortillas in the oven. Shred the pork and divide it among your crisped tortillas, then top with pineapple, red onion, cilantro and queso fresco cheese. These savory-and-sweet tostadas will be a hit for the whole family!

Slow Cooker Hawaiian Pulled Pork Tostadas - Few ingredients, minimal prep time, HUGE flavors! Let your crockpot do all the work for this family-friendly meal. |

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Slow Cooker Hawaiian Pulled Pork Tostadas

Yield: 6 servings

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 8 hours


  • 1 can (7 ounces) diced green chiles
  • 1-1/4 cups barbecue sauce, divided
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 boneless pork shoulder (about 2-1/2 pounds), excess fat trimmed
  • 12 corn tortillas
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1-1/2 cups diced pineapple
  • 1 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 cup crumbled queso fresco cheese
  • 2 limes, quartered, for serving


  1. Place chiles, 1/2 cup barbecue sauce and water in bowl of 4- or 5-quart slow cooker; stir to combine. Place pork over barbecue sauce mixture; turn pork to coat with sauce. Cook, covered, on low 8 hours or until pork is tender.
  2. Just before pork is finished cooking, preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place tortillas on rimmed baking pans; spray both sides of tortillas with cooking spray. Transfer to oven and bake 12 to 14 minutes or until tortillas are crisp; turning once halfway through cooking.
  3. Meanwhile, remove pork from slow cooker; discard cooking juices. Shred pork with tongs or two forks. Place pork in large bowl; stir in remaining 3/4 cup barbecue sauce. Makes about 3 cups pulled pork.
  4. Divide pulled pork over tortillas. Top with pineapple, red onion, cilantro and queso fresco. Serve immediately with limes for squeezing over tostadas.

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Disclosure: This was a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the Ohio Soybean Council & Ohio Pork Council. Sponsored posts help me pay for the costs associated with this blog (groceries…lots of groceries), and help support me as I pursue a career in recipe development and food photography. All opinions are 100% my own.

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  1. It’s recipes like this that remind me I need to utilize my slow cooker more.  I don’t always love it using it but pulled pork is the perfect vessel for it (and if my oven continues to not work, slow cooked meals it is).  So who knows I might be eating this this week! 

    • Oh my gosh, that’s right – your oven is acting up! Yes, all the more reason to break out the slow cooker. We’re big fans of pulled pork here – Jeff makes it in the smoker, and I make it in the slow cooker. We love it both ways!

  2. The slow cooker is my FAVORITE thing come fall…especially when it’s full of this amazing Hawaiian Pulled Pork. I think I could eat this breakfast, lunch and dinner and be totally happy! Pinned!

  3. We are obsessed with tostadas! These look awesome, love the hawaiian twist!

  4. Loving these! The pineapple, cilantro, lime with the pork….YUM!

  5. I could seriously eat this all day every day! It looks amazing and even better that it’s so easy!

  6. Two things struck me about this post . . . 1) Thanks for the return to school shout-out.  2) This recipe was delicious.  I am always a sucker for pulled pork in the crock pot- easy and yummy.  

  7. Oh how I love tostadas and the flavors of this recipe speak to me! I must make this soon!

  8. I love that you made this dish easier with the help of the slow cooker. I’m all for setting and forgetting. Also, the flavors–like, whoa! Pinned.

  9. I’m reallllly trying to embrace the slow cooker this season. I just have a thing against it since I’m home most of the time and don’t feel the need to prep my dinner at like 8am! haha Recipes like this have me convinced I need to use it more often though 🙂

    • I hear ya, it DOES feel a little weird making a slow cooker recipe, and then sitting at home with it all day while it cooks! But . . . it’s still worth it 😉

  10. Two words: YUM YUM.

    Seriously, if loving pork shoulder (we call it Boston Butt) is wrong, I don’t want to be right. Slow-cooker, BBQ sauce, pineapple, sweet, savory, a little spice, what’s not to love?! I’m definitely adding this to our meal rotation. Thanks for sharing!

    P.S. This would be fabulous as a make-ahead freezer meal. When I find pork shoulder on sale, I buy an extra one, cook it, then freeze it for later. It’s great for a crowd, like a church potluck or family get-together. 🙂

    • Thanks so much, Nicole! And such a smart idea about making it and freezing it for later. In fact, I actually DO have a pork shoulder/butt in the freezer right now – my husband bought it because it was on sale, of course!

  11. This recipe is making me want to go buy a slow cooker right now! Love pulled pork.

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