Greek Pitas with Pulled Pork

By Rachel Tiemeyer
October 27, 2021

Both picky and adventurous eaters will go for this Mediterranean spin on pulled pork. Greek Pitas with pulled pork are made in the slow cooker or the Instant Pot. They can also be prepped ahead and made into a freezer meal!

Greek pork pitas with toppings

This recipe will quickly become a regular in your home. After the pork shoulder slow cooks all day in a blend of spices (or is cooked quickly in the Instant Pot), you’ll shred it and serve it on whole wheat pita bread. Top the shredded pork with chopped fresh veggies, tangy feta cheese, and our creamy, herb-infused Easy Tzatziki Sauce.

If your people are picky (like some unnamed small ones in our homes), they’ll still love the pulled pork just wrapped by itself in a warm pita.

Just look at how easily and quickly this meal comes together!

How to Make Greek Pitas in 60 Seconds

What Ingredients Do I Need?

The ingredients are recognizable, simple, and mostly from the pantry. Here’s what you’ll need to make Greek Pitas:

  • Oregano
  • Cumin
  • Salt and Black pepper
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Minced garlic
  • Pork shoulder (also known as Boston butt)
  • Red onion, thinly sliced
  • Chicken broth
  • Pocketless pita bread (look for a whole wheat version to make it healthier)
  • Tzatziki Sauce (either store-bought or our delicious Easy Tzatziki Sauce)
overhead shot of Ingredients for pork pitas

Step-by-Step Instructions: How to Make Greek Pitas

As you can see in the video above, this recipe comes together in three simple steps:

  1. Season the pork
  2. Cook the pork
  3. Shred and serve

Let’s walk through those in detail, shall we?

Step 1: Season the Pork

In a small bowl, stir together the oregano, cumin, salt, black pepper, red pepper flakes, and garlic. Pat the pork shoulder dry with paper towels. If making in the Instant Pot, cut the pork into four equal pieces. Rub the seasoning mixture on all sides of the pork to infuse with flavor.

Greek Seasoning coating a pork shoulder

Step 2: Cook the Pork

You have the choice of cooking methods–the slow cooker or the Instant Pot! We love versatile recipes like this. In fact, we have a whole cookbook devoted to recipes that can cook in both the slow cooker or the Instant Pot called From Freezer to Cooker. If you like recipes like this, you will LOVE our cookbook.

How to Cook Greek Pork Pitas in the Slow Cooker

If you want to cook your Greek Pitas in the slow cooker, simply place your seasoned pork in the crockpot. Now add the broth and onions. Cover and cook on Low for 7 to 9 hours or on High for 4 to 5 hours.

Your home will smell amazing!

Greek style pork in a slow cooker with red onion slices

How to Cook Greek Pork Pitas in the Instant Pot

If you’re in a bit of a time crunch, using the Instant Pot is a great way to cook a pork shoulder recipe. Keep in mind that your pork shoulder will need to be quartered ahead of time to insure it gets tender and fully cooked.

After placing the pork, onions, and broth in the Instant Pot, lock and seal the lid.

Cook at high pressure for 45 minutes. Allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes, then quick release the remaining pressure.

Greek pork in an instant pot

Step 3: Shred & Serve

After the pork has fully cooked, you will remove it from the cooker to shred it on a wooden cutting board. I prefer to use two forks for this step. Serve on warm pita bread with your favorite Greek toppings.

Make It a Freezer Meal

It’s no secret we are big fans of freezer meals around here. In fact, we have 2 freezer meal cookbooks1 Hour Freezer Prep Sessions, and even a round-up with 70+ freezer meal recipes that you will love!

So, yep, we have freezer meal instructions for Greek Pitas!

Freeze For Later: Place the seasoned pork, onion, and broth in a gallon-size freezer bag. Seal and freeze. (Note: If making for the Instant Pot, make sure the pork is cut in 4 equal pieces. Set the freezer bag in a round container in the freezer so it freezes in the shape of the Instant Pot.) Freeze the tightly-wrapped pita bread alongside the pork. 

Prepare From Frozen: Note: You will need to have Easy Tzatziki Sauce and your favorite Greek toppings on hand to complete this meal. 

  • Slow Cooker Instructions: Thaw meal completely using one of these safe methods. Follow Steps 3 through 5 in the recipe below.
  • Instant Pot Instructions: Set the Instant Pot to “Sauté.” Transfer the frozen meal to the pot and cook for 5 minutes to release some liquid. Press “Cancel.” Follow Step 3b in the recipe below, but cook for 45 to 50 minutes. (The frozen meat will cook in about the same amount of time as fresh.) Follow Steps 4 and 5. For more information, read our post on How Long to Cook a Frozen Pork Roast in the Instant Pot!

How to Serve Greek Pitas

This recipe goes a looong way. In fact, it’s a great recipe to serve large families or to use as a meal for groups of people.

After the meat has fully cooked and been shredded, serve it with warm, whole wheat pita bread topped with chopped fresh veggies (like cucumber, cherry tomatoes, crisp lettuce, and Kalamata olives), tangy feta cheese, and our creamy, herb-infused Easy Tzatziki Sauce. It’s worth noting that the Tzatziki Sauce tastes even better after sitting in the fridge for a day.

If your people are picky, they’ll still love the pulled pork just wrapped by itself in a warm pita. So adventurous and picky eaters can unite over this meal!

Ready to make your own? I thought so!

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Greek Pitas with Pulled Pork

  • Author: Thriving Home
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8-10 hours
  • Total Time: 34 minute
  • Yield: 810 servings 1x
  • Category: Pork
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: Greek

Description

Both picky and adventurous eaters will go for this Mediterranean spin on pulled pork. Serve the meat wrapped in soft, whole-wheat pita bread topped with chopped fresh veggies, tangy feta cheese, and our creamy, herb-infused Tzatziki Sauce. If your people are picky, they’ll still love the pulled pork just wrapped by itself in a warm pita.


Ingredients

Pork Filling

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 5 or 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (3- to 4-pound) boneless pork shoulder* (also known as Boston butt), trimmed of excess fat
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth

*Bone-in will work too, but you may want to get a larger roast in that case.

Pita and Toppings

  • 8 to 10 pocketless pita breads (preferably whole wheat)
  • Easy Tzatziki Sauce (Highly recommended!! Or buy some at the store.)
  • Optional toppings: chopped cherry tomatoes, sliced cucumbers, chopped Kalamata olives, shredded cabbage or lettuce, and crumbled feta cheese.

Instructions

Make It Now:

  1. In a small bowl, stir together the oregano, cumin, salt, black pepper, red pepper flakes, and garlic.
  2. Pat the pork shoulder dry with paper towels. If making in the Instant Pot, cut the pork into four equal pieces. Rub the seasoning mixture on all sides of the pork. (Freezing instructions begin here.)
  3. Place the pork, onion, and broth in the slow cooker or the Instant Pot. 
    • Slow Cooker Instructions: Cover and cook on Low for 7 to 9 hours or on High for 4 to 5 hours.
    • Instant Pot Instructions: Lock and seal the lid. Cook at high pressure for 45 minutes. Allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes, then quick release the remaining pressure.
  4. Transfer the pork and onion to a cutting board and discard any liquid remaining in the cooker. Shred the meat, then return the meat and the onion to the cooker to keep them warm.
  5. Serve some shredded pork wrapped in a warm pita, topped with our Easy Tzatziki Sauce and your favorite Greek toppings. 

Freeze For Later: Follow Steps 1 and 2. Place the seasoned pork, onion, and broth in a gallon-size freezer bag. Seal and freeze. (Note: If making for the Instant Pot, set the freezer bag in a round container in the freezer so it freezes in the shape of the Instant Pot.) Freeze the tightly-wrapped pita bread alongside the pork. 

Prepare From Frozen: Note: You will need to have Tzatziki Sauce and your favorite Greek toppings on hand to complete this meal. 

  • Slow Cooker Instructions: Thaw meal completely using one of these safe methods. Follow Steps 3 through 5.
  • Instant Pot Instructions: Set the Instant Pot to “Sauté.” Transfer the frozen meal to the pot and cook for 5 minutes to release some liquid. Press “Cancel.” Follow Step 3b, but cook for 45 to 50 minutes. (The frozen meat will cook in about the same amount of time as fresh.) Follow Steps 4 and 5.

Notes

Recipe Testing Team Tip: “I ended up mixing the pork, sauce, tomatoes, olives, and feta in a bowl first and then spooning the mixture into the warm pita. This made sure each bite was a yummy mixture of flavors.” —Jen G.

Dairy-Free Version: Omit the Tzatziki sauce and crumbled feta cheese. You could top your pita with a little mayo as a substitute.

Gluten-Free Version: Use gluten-free pitas or wraps or large lettuce leaves instead of whole wheat pitas.

How to Freeze Fully Cooked Pork: You can fully cook and freeze the pork before freezing, if you’d like. Follow the recipe to cook and shred the pork shoulder. Let it cool. Freeze in a gallon-sized freezer bag with some of the cooking juices to keep the meat moist. When you’re ready to eat it, thaw overnight in the refrigerator or use one of these safe thawing methods. Then, warm the meat and juices over low heat on the stove top or in the slow cooker/Instant Pot. Serve as directed.

What Can I Substitute for the Pork? You can use 3 lbs of chicken breasts or thighs instead. Use our slow cooker times chart or Instant Pot times chart for correct cooking times.

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