“It’s Not Gourmet, Bro!” – Pork Chile El Nopal




I love this meal and I’m certain you’ll love it too! I came up with this as one of the meals we’d make at my “Keep It Paleo!” seminar. While we made it in a pot at the seminar, I’ve modified the recipe for slow cooker preparation.

If you want your friends to sing your praises, then I recommend making this for your Super Bowl Party. Gather the ingredients today and tomorrow, prep this out on Saturday and start it first thing Sunday morning. If you like to be ultra prepared, cook it on Saturday and reheat it on Sunday. I did this for all of the Culinary Ninjas in my cooking classes last week and they loved it. At least that’s what they told me…

“Keep It Paleo!” guys.

Your Pal,

Paleo Nick

CCN – Chief Culinary Ninja

“It’s Not Gourmet, Bro!” – Pork Chile El Nopal

Ingredient List:

  • 3 Pounds Pork Stew Meat, Shoulder or Butt, diced into 1” cubes (~22P)
  • 1 Jar Nopal Cactus, strained, rinsed and chopped (1C)
  • 4 Cups Onions, large dice (4C)
  • 4 Cups Bell Peppers, large dice (2C)
  • 4 Cups Zucchini, large dice (4C)
  • 4 Cups Roma Tomatoes, large dice (4C)
  • 4 Cups Ground Tomatoes (6C)
  • ½ Cup Garlic, minced (.5C)
  • ½ Cup Chili Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Cumin
  • Kosher Salt and Pepper, to taste
  • Cilantro, Avocado, lime and jalapeño, to garnish. (use avocado as your fat source at ½ tablespoon per fat block)

Preparation Instructions:

  1. Add pork to a large mixing bowl and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients to the bowl and mix well with hands or a large spoon.
  3. Transfer mixture to a slow cooker and cook for 8-10 hours on low.
  4. Garnish with cilantro, lime and jalapeño and enjoy immediately, or, portion out and refrigerate for up to one week or freeze for up to 6 months.

“Keep It Paleo!”

Zone Breakdown:

Proteins: (26)

We start with 3 Pounds Pork Stew Meat, Shoulder or Butt, diced into 1” cubes (40oz) which then cooks down to 39oz.once cooked, 1.5oz equals 1 block, therefore we have 26 Protein blocks.

Carbohydrates: (26)

1 Jar Nopal Cactus (25oz) gives us 9g of carbohydrates therefore 1 carbohydrate block.

2/3 cup of raw onions equals 1 block, therefore 4 cups results in 6 carbohydrate blocks.

2 Cups of Bell peppers equal 1 block, therefore, since we have 4 cups, we total 2 Carbohydrate blocks from bell peppers

We use the measurement of 1 cup of Zucchini equals 1 block, so 4 cups will yield 4 blocks for us.

We are using 4 cups of tomatoes.  1 cup of cut fresh tomatoes equals one carbohydrate block, therefore we have 4 blocks from Tomatoes.

We equate the ground tomatoes more to tomato sauce.  ½ cup of ground tomatoes equals 1 block, therefore 4 cups of ground tomatoes equals 8 blocks.

Using ½ Cup Garlic will add one block of carbohydrates to the meal.

Fats: (1+)

Avocado.  We will use this as our fats for the meal using the measurement of ½ tablespoon of avocado equals one block.

Balancing Act:

Overall we have a 26 block meal with our Proteins and our Carbohydrates.  The fats we will add by adding avocado when we sit down and eat it based on how many blocks we are putting in our meal.


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