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Slow Cooker Pork Vindaloo (or Goat, Beef, Lamb, or Chicken)

Pork Vindaloo in the slow cooker! (Goat, beef, lamb, and chicken can be substituted.) |

When life gets busy, I rely heavily on my slow cooker.

And last week, when I smelled delicious smells wafting over the fence from our East Indian neighbors, I was craving Indian food.

So I pulled together my favorite East Indian spices, chopped a few vegetables, and tossed it all in my slow cooker. I’ll have to verify with my neighbors whether sweet pepper is traditional in a vindaloo, but I love the flavor, so I made the exception. That’s the joy of cooking – make what you like and make it how you like it!

And vindaloo is very flexible meat-wise, too – beef, goat, lamb, and chicken all make lovely substitutions in this recipe. Use what you’ve already got on hand and keep it frugal.

Bon appetit! (Anyone know how to say that in Punjabi?)


Slow Cooker Pork Vindaloo

serves 4-6

12 cloves garlic
3″ fresh ginger, grated
2 tablespoons curry powder
3 tablespoons mustard seeds or grainy mustard
1 1/2 tablespoons cumin
1 1/2 teaspoons cardamom
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes, more to taste
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup white wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar

2 pounds pork loin or pork shoulder, cubed (beef, lamb, chicken, or goat may be substituted)
1 very large onion, sliced
2 red peppers, sliced into strips (optional)
1 pound (approx. 2 cups) stewed or diced tomatoes
1 cinnamon stick
1 teaspoon sea salt

Rice (sprouted, jasmine, or basmati), for serving
Chopped cilantro or parsley, for serving



In a blender, grind the garlic, ginger, spices, olive oil, and vinegar into a paste. If the paste is too thick to process, add a small amount of water or olive oil.

Cover the bottom of the slow cooker with the sliced onions and peppers. Place the cubed pork on top of the onions, then pour/spread the vinegar-spice paste on top of the pork. Add the tomatoes, cinnamon stick, and salt.

Cook on low for 7-8 hours or on high for 4-5 hours.

Serve over rice topped with fresh chopped cilantro.

My kids’ favorite accompaniments are steamed broccoli and raw red pepper strips.

For a more authentic meal, serve with plain yogurt and naan bread.

Love Indian food? Try our lamb korma too!

This post is part of the collection of 125 Gluten-Free Slow Cooker Recipes over at Divine Health from the Inside Out.
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  1. Charis says

    Just put this in the crockpot. I used beef! I’ll let you know how it turns out. I can’t wait!!! Thanks for sharing. :)

  2. Meredith says

    Made this for dinner tonight…So. Good. Instead of pureeing the spices, etc, I just mixed them together and marinated the pork over night. In the morning I dumped it in the crock pot and added the tomatoes. Even my picky 5 year old liked it!

  3. Tammy says

    Made this today. Was a lot tangier then expected. Sorta dry tasting. I liked it but no one else in my family did.
    :( not sure what I did wrong. Followed the recipe exactly. No substitutions

  4. Isha says

    Vindaloo is a Goan recipe and is served with rice and Goan bread . Naan and yoghurt are part North Indian / Punjabi cuisine and are not served with authentic Goan dishes .

    • Kresha says

      Thank you! As you can tell, I’m not South Asian, though most people in my neighborhood are, and thus I have fallen in love with South Asian cuisine. :-)

      I’d love to make some Goan bread – do you by chance have a recipe (or a link to one)?

  5. Lisa Hardway says

    I too am the bride on an incredibly good man! Glory to God! After we finished reading the brief bio you share about yourself, my amazing bridegroom said, “send her an email and ask her what time we should be there for supper.” Very much looking forward to our crock-pot indian supper! Thank you for sharing the recipe!

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