Your slow cooker will become your best friend after this Easy Crock Pot Pork Chop recipe!
I love “dump-and-go” recipes that take only minutes to throw together and then cook slow all day in the crockpot. This recipe has become a tried-and-true favorite.
What kind of pork chops are best?
When it comes to choosing the best pork chops for this crockpot recipe, I would recommend a THICK (3/4″ – 1″) boneless pork chop or a bone-in pork chop.
Thin cut pork chops will not work for this crock pot pork chop recipe and will most likely turn out dry. The low-and-slow method of cooking in this recipe will dry them out every time.
Using a thick boneless pork chop will cook a little faster than a bone-in chop, so if you know that your slow cooker cooks hot or fast, you may want to decrease the time a little bit.
In the picture, I used a thick boneless pork chop, but my favorite pork chop to use in the slow cooker is a BONE-IN pork chop. The more marbled and fatty your pork chop is, the more tender it will be after cooking.
Do NOT overcook the pork chops
Pork chops tend to have a reputation of being dried out. The secret to slow cooker pork chops is to be sure to not overcook them.
I recommend cooking these pork chops for 3 hours on high heat or 6 hours on low heat. If your slow cooker tends to cook things fast, check them at 2 hours on high heat or 4-5 hours on low heat.
The FDA recommends that the internal temperature of a pork chop should be 145 degrees F, but I could pull them out at 140 degrees. Place them on a plate and cover with aluminum foil (like you would after grilling pork chops). The internal temperature will continue to rise if you do this and will help prevent over-cooking.
I would highly recommend getting a simple meat thermometer if you don’t have one. It makes cooking any type of meat so easy and you will always know that it is the perfect temperature. I use it for every grilling dish I make!
Can you use frozen pork chops for this recipe?
If you want, you can use frozen pork chops for this crock pot recipe.
I would recommend adding 30-60 minutes to the cook time or just use a meat thermometer to make sure that it has reached a safe internal temperature and is fully cooked.
Substitutes for the cream soup
If you do not have cream of chicken soup on hand, two of my favorite substitutes are Cream of Mushroom soup or Cream of Potato soup.
If you want to make your own Cream of Chicken soup, check out this homemade recipe.
Add vegetables to the slow cooker
If you want to make these crock pot pork chops a full meal in your slow cooker, add these vegetables to your slow cooker and let them cook with the pork chops:
- 4-5 red potatoes, cut into quarters
- 1 pound baby carrots
- 1 onion, diced
- 1 cup fresh mushrooms, sliced
- 3 stalks celery, diced
Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix
If you don’t have a packet of ranch dressing mix on hand, you can make your own!
In a small bowl, mix together 4 Tablespoons dried parsley, 2 teaspoons dried dill weed, 2 teaspoons garlic powder, 1 teaspoon onion powder, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper. Place the mixture in an air tight container.
To use as a substitute for a 1 ounce packet of ranch dressing mix, measure out 1 1/2 Tablespoons for the recipe.
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Side dishes to serve with slow cooker pork chops
- Skillet Red Potatoes
- Cheesy Hashbrown Potato Casserole (Funeral Potatoes)
- Parmesan Lemon Asparagus
- Oven Roasted Green Beans
- Broccoli and Cheese Orzo
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