You may know pork as “the other white meat,” but thanks to this slow cooker pork chop recipe it’s now the other slow cooker protein. Chicken and pot roast are great for slow cooker meals, but don’t forget about pork.
If you want to break away from your go-to salsa chicken and slow cooker chili recipes, incorporate these smothered ranch pork chops into the weekday dinner cycle.
This 6-ingredient recipe is made with things you likely already have in the pantry, making it a convenient dinner option for busy weeknights when time and effort are lacking.
Spray your slow cooker crock with nonstick cooking spray then add cream of mushroom soup, onion soup mix, ranch dressing mix, garlic powder, and black pepper. Next add your bone-in pork chops to the crock and fully coat with the mixture. Cook of HIGH for 2 ½ to 3 hours or LOW for 5 to 6 hours.
Smothered pork chops can be served with a variety of simple sides for a low-maintenance, comforting dinner. We served these creamy chops with red potatoes and sugar snaps peas but they’d be delicious served over warm mashed potatoes (with extra gravy from the slow cooker, of course) or even brown rice. Think outside chicken and beef the next time you plug in your slow cooker.
Who doesn’t love Cuban food? Empanadas, tostones, tres leches cake, Cuban sandwiches, paella – it’s all good. Whether you frequent the Cuban restaurant in town or want to experiment cooking Cuban cuisine at home, we guarantee you’ll become a fan after trying this slow cooker mojo (a type of sauce that consists of olive oil, garlic, and citrus juice) pork.
To prepare mojo pork (you can use Boston butt or pork shoulder), trim the fat and cut the meat into 2 pieces. Cover all sides of the pork with a rub made of garlic, salt, oregano, and black pepper. Add orange juice and zest, lime juice and zest, onion, and jalapeno to the slow cooker crock, then add the pork to the juice mixture. Cover the crock and refrigerate, allowing the meat to marinate overnight (this step makes all the difference).
In the morning, turn the pork over in the marinade then cook on HIGH for 5 to 6 hours or LOW for 8 to 10 hours. When the pork is done, remove it from the crock and shred (you won’t believe how tender the meat is).
We served mojo pork on a bed of rice (cilantro lime rice would go perfectly with this dish) and black beans, then topped it with a generous dollop of homemade guacamole, and fresh cilantro.
This pork is succulent and zesty thanks to the 12-hour stay in the citrus marinade. Transform the dining room into Havana for a night, or serve right out of the crock at your next neighborhood potluck. And if you’re lucky enough to have leftovers, throw them on a slider or nachos – it’s even better the next day.
In a food chopper or food processor bowl, finely chop garlic. Add salt, oregano and black pepper. Pulse to combine.
Rub garlic mixture over all sides of pork.
In slow cooker crock, combine orange juice, lime juice, onion, jalapeno, orange and lime zest. Place pork in juice mixture. Cover and refrigerate to marinate overnight.
Turn pork over in marinade. Cover slow cooker and cook on HIGH for 5 to 6 hours or LOW for 8 to 10 hours. Remove pork to a cutting board. Using 2 forks, shred pork. Strain and reserve juices. Transfer shredded pork back to crock and spoon juices as desired over pork to moisten. Set slow cooker to WARM to keep pork warm for serving.
Serve with rice, black beans, and Guacamole. Sprinkle with chopped cilantro.
On a cold day in the middle of winter, nothing hits the spot quite like a big bowl of soup. If you’re looking to change up your soup routine, this Szechuan style pork stew is remarkably easy in the slow cooker. There’s just something about the sweetness of soy and brown sugar mixed with the sour, salty and spicy flavors in the other ingredients that makes me feel warmed from the inside out.
You probably have many ingredients in your pantry already. Once the ingredients go in the slow cooker, it’s hands off until serving time.
The broth is flavored with soy, chili sauce, hoisin sauce, brown sugar, star anise, orange peel, chili pepper and ginger, giving it tons of flavor and intense aromatics. Then, you just add fresh vegetables like bok choy, onions and cabbage. As it cooks, the flavors meld with the pork and create a flavorful, satisfying stew no one can resist.
Serve the Chinese pork stew straight from the slow cooker crock. Offer up extra sriracha sauce, red pepper flakes, limes and cilantro for garnishing and an extra burst of bright flavor. This filling soup will definitely get you out of a chicken noodle rut, but won’t make you work too hard for it. The next time you need to satisfy a cold-weather craving, whip out the slow cooker and try this unique pork stew instead.
In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat oil. Add half of the pork. Cook until browned on all sides. Repeat with remaining pork. Place browned pork in slow cooker crock.
Stir in leeks, onion, garlic, bok choy, carrots, cabbage, chicken broth, soy sauce, sriracha hot chili sauce, hoisin sauce, brown sugar, anise, orange peel, chili pepper and ginger to crock.
Cover slow cooker and cook on HIGH for 4 to 4 1/2 hours or LOW for 8 to 8 1/2 hours until meat is tender. Remove anise, orange peel and chili peppers before serving. Stir in bok choy. Serve with extra sriracha sauce and sliced limes.
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