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{This post is sponsored by Old El Paso! Together we’re kicking off summer with these killer southwest BBQ pork sliders!}

Sometimes life is all about the simple things.

Southwest BBQ Pork Sliders | @hbharvest

I am sure I have touched on this before, but it is so true.

My dad was just saying the other day that one of his simple pleasures is bringing in the goats from the field at the end of the day and watching the sun set over the mountains as he walks them down. For me, simple pleasures include making time to go on a hike in the morning, watching Gilmore Girl re-runs while I edit photos, coming home from a trip late at night, showering and burrowing myself in all my cozy covers (aka what I did last night at three thirty in the morning) or simply going for a walk with my mom on a crisp and sunny day.

Some of the simplest things, right? But yet, they make you so happy!

That’s kind of like these sliders. They are so simple, but yet everyone seems to love them.

You just can’t do a summer BBQ without a good slider. Plus, you’ll get major bonus points if the sliders are of the slow cooked, saucy pork, variety. I mean, BBQ pork sandwiches are a summer staple.

However, unlike the classic BBQ pork sandwich, I took these sliders and gave them a southwest flare! Ahh OK, what’s not to love about that?

Instead of BBQ sauce I used Old El Paso Enchilada Sauce, my all time favorite go-to ingredient when comes to easy, yet flavorful cooking. I guess these are technically enchilada sliders, but I dunno, that sounded weird to me, so I went with Southwest BBQ pork sliders, I just think that works better!

Southwest BBQ Pork Sliders | @hbharvest

Alright, so here’s how these go.

First things first, you want to slowly cook your pork. I like using my crockpot because one, it does not heat up my kitchen all day long, and two, it frees up the oven for cooking things like cornbread, potatoes and cakes!

I mean, obviously.

Just in case you don’t own a crockpot or would prefer to slow cook your sliders in the oven, I provided directions for the oven as well. Don’t worry, I got your back! 🙂

OK, and another major bonus these slow cooked sliders have is that they take practically ZERO work to create. Just add everything to a pot, cook, shred the meat, make some guacamole, toast some buns and eat… SO easy!

Southwest BBQ Pork Sliders | @hbharvest

As for toppings, I continued with my simple theme and used a hefty slice of pepperjack cheese and some charred corn guacamole. Yum and YUM, right? You can really use any cheese you love here, but I think either sharp cheddar, Monterey jack or pepperjack are the way to go. Gotta keep those southwest flavors on point.

Also, in my opinion, the corn guacamole is a MUST, but I’m kind of biased since I love avocados. 🙂

Having said that, feel free to go ahead and get as creative as you like with your toppings. A fried egg would be EPIC… just saying.

However you decide to top your sliders, I know you guys will love them. They are the most perfect way to kick off summer!

Southwest BBQ Pork Sliders | @hbharvest

Southwest BBQ Pork Sliders.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 8 Servings
Calories Per Serving: 1007 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.


Southwest BBQ Pork

  • 2 1/2 pounds pork shoulder or butt
  • 1 (19 ounce) can Old El Paso Enchilada Sauce + more for serving if desired
  • 12 brioche slider buns
  • 12 slices pepper jack cheese

Charred Corn Guacamole

  • 3 large ripe avocados halved, seeded and peeled (they have to be ripe!)
  • 1 large or 2 small limes juiced
  • 1 leave large jalapeño seeded + chopped ( some of the seeds in for a little heat)
  • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro chopped (or more to your liking)
  • 1-2 ears grilled corn kernels removed from the cob
  • salt to taste


  • Add the pork and enchilada sauce to the bowl of your crockpot. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hour or on high for 4-5 hours.
  • Shred the pork in the crockpot and toss with the sauce. Discard and fatty pieces.
  • Preheat the broiler to high. Place the slider bun bottoms on a baking sheet and top each bottom bun with pork. Add a slice of cheese and place under the broiler for 1-2 minutes or until the cheese has melted. WATCH CLOSE.
  • Remove from the oven and add the guacamole (see below) + top bun. EAT!


  • Add the avocado halves to a medium size mixing bowl. Squeeze the lime juice over the avocados and toss well to coat. Now grab a fork and lightly mash the avocados. I like to keep my guacamole on the chunky side. Next fold in the chopped jalapeño, cilantro, corn and a pinch of salt. Taste and season with more salt if desired.


*Chicken breast, thighs or a mix of the two can easily be used in place of the pork. *OVEN VERSION: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Add the pork and enchilada sauce to a heavy bottomed Dutch oven. Cover and cook for 2 1/2 to 3 hours or until the pork is falling apart. Shred the pork in the pot and toss with the sauce. Discard any fatty pieces. Proceed as directed above.
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Southwest BBQ Pork Sliders | @hbharvest

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Southwest BBQ Pork Sliders | @hbharvest

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    1. Hey Sue,
      Another herb that you enjoy like parsley would work well for you! I hope you love the recipe, let me know if you give it a try! xx

    1. Hey Kristina,
      Sure! That would also work well! I hope the recipe turns out amazing for you. Please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  1. 2 stars
    I think the 19oz was way too much. A ton of liquid. Was not thick at all. Did have some flavor. I did mine in crock pot if that made a difference.

  2. Hi, I am planning on trying this recipe this weekend and really looking forward to it. Your list of ingredients calls for 1 oz. can enchilada sauce. Would it be 1- 14 oz. can?

    1. So sorry! It is 1 (14 ounce) can. Recipe is all fixed. Let me know if you have questions. Hope you love it!

  3. I am so gonna make these! I could just live off of your site and never – I mean, never go to another as long as I live. Everything I love is right here.

  4. I think that finding happiness through the simplest things IS ideal. You shouldn’t have to go far and beyond to exhaust yourself in order to find happiness. Think about it! You have so many pleasures already right at your fingertips–whether that be cooking, meditating, going out for a hike, connecting with other people–you can honestly be happy right here RIGHT NOW if you take initiative to do so!

    1. Ah! Your so right, its hard to appreciate and soak in everything we have sometimes! Thanks for the inspiration!! (:

  5. No better way to kick off Memorial Day weekend Tieghan! They look and sound delicious!

  6. Love this burger Tieghan! And congrats on the FeedFeed conference yesterday. Watched it on FB Live and it was really great and insightful. Well done.

  7. Uhhhhh YES PLEASE. This is everything that I want and will definitely be one of the many simple things that makes me happy. 😀

  8. OMG. These look perfect for this weekend. And the Charred Corn Guac. Drool 🙂

  9. I couldn’t agree more about the simple things in life and these are totally killing it in that department! I love your southwest twist on classic bbq sliders, yum!

  10. Loved watching you in action at the FeedFeed event last night–I don’t know how you manage to get so much done! These look amazing, as usual 🙂