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Salsa Pulled Pork Soup — A Leftovers Recipe

Comforting, easy, and slightly spicy: Salsa Pulled Pork Soup is a fantastic way to turn leftover pulled pork into something completely new!

As some of you may remember, earlier this week I made up a big batch of salsa pork in the slow cooker — and yesterday I told you about the salsa pork naan pizza I made with some of the leftovers. Well, we’re not done yet! Here’s another easy 30 minute weeknight dinner recipe that takes advantage of our seemingly endless supply of leftover salsa pork: Salsa Pulled Pork Soup. Because nothing is better than flavorful leftovers as ingredients, right?

bowl of salsa pulled pork soup

This simple salsa pulled pork soup recipe was originally inspired by the pulled pork tortilla soup recipe on the National Pork Board’s site, but I changed it up a bit for our tastes — and used both homemade fire roasted tomatoes and homemade vegetable broth to kick up the freshness factor. The end result: Everything you could ask for in a homey taco soup recipe, with all the flavor of slow-cooked pork in a quick-cooked weeknight recipe.

Salsa Pulled Pork Soup

1 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 a medium yellow onion, chopped (about 1/2 cup)
4 cloves garlic, chopped (or 2 tsp minced)
4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
1 cup salsa verde
14.5 oz can fire roasted diced tomatoes (or 1.5 cups homemade!)
14.5 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
Kernels cut from 2 ears cooked corn (about one cup packed, or one can, drained)
1/2 tsp cumin
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
Two cups leftover cooked & shredded salsa pork, carnitas, or pulled pork
Juice of 1/2 a lime

Directions

Heat olive oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat until shimmering, then saute onion for four minutes, or until it begins to brown and soften. Add garlic and saute another 30 seconds or so. Add in broth, salsa, tomatoes, beans, corn, and spices, then bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to low and stir in shredded pork.

big pot of salsa pulled pork soup

Cover pot and simmer for 15 minutes, then stir in lime juice and serve. Optional: Garnish with cilantro, shredded cheese, avocado, tortilla chips, sour cream, and/or other toppings of choice.

Leftovers ftw!

salsa pulled pork soup

Salsa pulled pork soup is the quintessential comfort food: It’s just a touch spicy, it’s hearty & filling, and a big bowl of this soup just makes life seem a little bit better. Mr. 10 was a huge fan of this one, and put away his bowl with an inordinate number of tortilla chips + a little shredded cheddar cheese. This easy pulled pork soup recipe is naturally gluten free.

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Salsa Pulled Pork Soup

Salsa pulled pork soup is the quintessential comfort food: It’s just a touch spicy, it’s hearty & filling, and a big bowl of this soup just makes life seem a little bit better.
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 a medium yellow onion, chopped (about 1/2 cup)
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped (or 2 tsp minced)
  • 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 cup salsa verde
  • 14.5 oz can fire roasted diced tomatoes (or 1.5 cups homemade!)
  • 14.5 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • Kernels cut from 2 ears cooked corn (about one cup packed, or one can, drained)
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
  • Two cups leftover cooked & shredded salsa pork, carnitas, or pulled pork
  • Juice of 1/2 a lime

Instructions

  • Heat olive oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat until shimmering, then saute onion for four minutes, or until it begins to brown and soften. Add garlic and saute another 30 seconds or so. 
  • Add in broth, salsa, tomatoes, beans, corn, and spices, then bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to low and stir in shredded pork.
  • Cover pot and simmer for 15 minutes, then stir in lime juice and serve. Optional: Garnish with cilantro, shredded cheese, avocado, tortilla chips, sour cream, and/or other toppings of choice.

Notes

This easy pulled pork soup recipe is naturally gluten free.

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Recipe Rating




Debra Scott

Sunday 29th of August 2021

This soup was so easy and beyond delicious! I had left over baby back ribs and found your recipe. I can’t wait to eat another bowel. ( I did remove the corn and beans for a lower carb soup, ). But with the addition pull cheese sour cream and avacado I was was in keto heaven. Perfect flavor combination!!

Allison

Wednesday 3rd of March 2021

Made it last night. Doubled the corn and black beans because I had double the left over meat. Also added a little more seasoning and about a cup more water. It was great! The hubby really liked it and he is picky! Will make it again.

Princess

Monday 11th of January 2021

I made this for dinner tonight, it reminds me of chicken tortilla soup. I didn't have tomatoes on hand so I substituted traditional mild salsa instead of using the salsa verde. I sauteed diced green bell peppers along with the onions. It came out well, I would make this again.

megan

Thursday 24th of September 2020

Just made it tonight and it is delicious. I used Homony instead of fresh corn. Other than that I pretty much followed the recipe. Really a spicy and nourishing delight

Jeff

Saturday 15th of February 2020

Thank you. :-) I really enjoyed it.

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