Here’s Why These Are the Best
This is a childhood comfort food turned into an effortless make-ahead dish. Oh, so many reasons we think these are the best crock pot pork chops.
- Just a handful of ingredients (most of which you likely have on hand) make this recipe so easy.
- This turns inexpensive chops into a melt-in-your-mouth meal with fork-tender perfection and a rich gravy.
- If you’ve got pork chops, you likely have the remaining ingredients on hand.
- Very little prep and simple steps make this a recipe for every day and any day.
- Great over rice, mashed potatoes, or any kind of noodles (my favorite is to serve over elbow noodles).
WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE SLOW COOKER SMOTHERED PORK CHOPS
HOW TO MAKE SLOW COOKER SMOTHERED PORK CHOPS
Spray slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray. Place pork chops in cooker – season with salt and pepper if you like. In a large bowl, mix condensed soups, onion soup mix, mushrooms (drained) and water. Mix well. Pour mixture over pork chops. Cook on high for 4 to 5 hours or on low for 7 to 8 hours.
*Be sure to watch out for bones when using bone-in pork chops. Make sure the pork chops reach a safe minimum internal temperature of 145 degree F. with a 3 minute resting time. Each slow cooker cooks at different rates, adjust cooking times according to your cooker.
Pork Chops – When cooking crockpot pork chops you want to choose thicker bone in chops. Look for chops that are well marbled with a bit of fat throughout. Leaner cuts will not be as tender. The best pork chops for the crock pot include blade chop, shoulder chop, sirloin chop, or tenderloin chops.
Sauce Ingredients – This recipe makes an easy mushroom gravy sauce.
- Condensed Soup – We use condensed soup in this recipe because it holds up well in a crock pot. Fresh dairy can curdle or separate if cooked too long in a slow cooker.
- Broth – Regular or low sodium beef broth or stock is the base of the brown gravy. Chicken broth can be substituted but the flavor isn’t quite as rich.
- Onions & Mushrooms – Sliced onions and mushrooms add flavor. Use white or brown (cremini) mushrooms, I find brown mushrooms have more flavor. Even canned mushrooms work in a pinch.
WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS RECIPE!
Super Easy! This is truly one of the easiest recipes you will ever make. Put all the ingredients in the crock-pot, stir, then come back in 3 hours and it will be ready to eat!
So Tasty! Putting all those ingredients into one big pot really pays off in the taste department. The pork chops have 3 hours to marinate in the soup and seasonings, absorbing all those delicious flavors!
It’s Versatile! There are so many ways to enjoy this dish. Serve each pork chop with your favorite potato dish (mashed, baked, scalloped) and a vegetable for a traditional meal any night of the week.
I LOVE a good dinner made in the crockpot, like this Crockpot Beef Stew or Crockpot Pot Roast with Gravy. It makes dinnertime so much easier to have the main course ready and waiting.
In fact, this recipe for crockpot pork chops is on the meal rotation at our house—my whole family loves them!
With this recipe, you just place everything in the crockpot, turn it on low, and then arrive home to the delicious aromas of tender pork chops in their own sauce.
How to make tender pork chops in the crockpot
Making a tender pork chop in the crockpot requires three elements:
- the right pork chop
- low and slow cooking
- a sauce to braise the chops
I recommend using bone-in thick-cut pork chops. The bone keeps the meat extra tender and juicy, and thicker chops hold up a little better in the crock pot. However, if you only have regular-cut or boneless pork chops, those work too (they may be a little less tender and juicy though!).
Low and slow cooking is exactly that: turn the slow cooker on LOW! The chops will be done in just 4 hours.
Lastly, pork chops are lean, so they need a sauce! These chops are braised in cream of mushroom soup. It creates this amazing sauce that makes these chops the perfect comfort food dinner.
With the three of these elements, the chops are so tender, they fall right off the bone!
- Bone-in pork chops are the best choice for this recipe. The bone keeps them extra tender and juicy. However, if you only have boneless pork chops, those work too!
- Condensed cream of mushroom soup forms the base of the sauce. You can purchase a popular brand like Campbell’s, or an organic brand like Pacific or Amy’s if you prefer a shorter ingredient list for the soup.
- Worcestershire sauce and ketchup add lots of flavor to the sauce.
- We’ll season the pork chops with salt before cooking—this is key to a perfectly seasoned dish!
PORK CHOPS IN CREAM OF MUSHROOM SOUP
Each bite of these slow cooker pork chops is full of flavor from the seasoned salt and quick gravy. There’s a good flavor combination that comes together really well and tastes great served over mashed potatoes, air fryer baby potatoes or rice with garlicky broccoli.
Fork tender pork chops served in cream of mushroom soup with cream cheese and butter creates an excellent semi-homemade gravy.
Cream of mushroom soup adds so much flavor to our Country Style Ribs with Mushroom Gravy and our No-Peek Country Style Ribs. So we knew we had to try a version with pork chops.
Browning Pork Chops
There is nothing wrong with some recipes that tell you to put raw meat in a crockpot and start the process. However, there are sometimes when searing the meat first is the better option. This recipe is one of those recipes. You aren’t looking to completely cook the meat, which is a plus.
Instead, you just want to caramelize the outside of the meat, get a nice sear on it before putting it into the crockpot. This serves multiple purposes, depending on the meat. For example, you would want to do this with ground beef because you will be able to ensure the meat doesn’t clump up too much.
But also, you will be able to lose a lot of that grease which could ruin a recipe. We want to do this here because we don’t want the meat to get soggy and we want that nice, caramelized flavor to come through the final dish.
How to Make Smothered Mushroom Pork Chops in the Crock Pot
I made a quick video so you can see the recipe made start to finish. But if watching a video isn’t your thing, you can read the step-by-step instructions below. With shortcuts to take if you are short on time.
Recipe Shortcut Tips and Step-by-Step Instructions
1. Season the Pork Chops and Brown
Sprinkle salt and pepper on the pork chops. Add the oil to a skillet on medium-high. Preheat the skillet, then brown on both sides.
Shortcut Tip: If you are short on time, skip the browning process and just add the seasoned pork chops to the crock pot.
2. Brown the Onions and Mushrooms
In the same skillet add the mushrooms and onions to the pan. Then cook until browned. Add the browned onions and mushrooms on top of the pork chops in the crockpot.
3. Deglaze the Pan
Add the broth to the skillet and stir over medium heat. Scrap up all the bits on the bottom of the pan. Then add the broth over the pork chop.
Shortcut Tip: if you aren’t browning the pork chops, just add the broth to the slow cooker on top of the pork chops, onions, and mushrooms.
4. Cooking the Pork Chops
Set the crockpot to low for 6 hours and let the pork chops cook.
5. Remove Broth
Once the pork chops are done remove the broth and let the pork chops, onions, and mushrooms stay in the slow cooker.
Place the broth in a saucepan and heat over medium heat. Dissolve the cornstarch, flour, or arrowroot in 2 tablespoons of water. Stir. Add to the broth.
6. Serve and Enjoy
Place the pork chops on a plate and spoon the mushrooms and onions over top with the gravy. And enjoy your fork-tender, delicious smothered mushroom pork chops.
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