Are you tired of the same old meals? Do you want something easy to prepare but still full of flavor? Look no further than Crockpot Ranch Pork Chops and Potatoes! This dish is not only delicious but also incredibly simple to make. With just a few ingredients and a crockpot, you can have a satisfying meal that will impress even the pickiest eaters.
Crockpot Ranch Pork Chops and Potatoes Recipe
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Let’s start with the ingredients. For this recipe, you will need:
- 3 lbs. Red Potatoes – quartered
- 1 onion – sliced
- 3 cloves of garlic – chopped
- 6 (about 1-1 ½ inches thick) Bone-In Pork Chops
- 1/2 Cup Olive Oil
- 4 Tbsp. Dry Ranch Seasoning (2 one-ounce packets)
- 2 tsp. Apple Cider Vinegar
- 3 Tbsp. Salted Butter – cut into 6 pieces
- Spray the bottom of the crockpot with oil and place the quartered potatoes in the bottom.
- Open one ranch packet and pour into a shallow dish. Pat the pork chops dry and dredge each one in the ranch powder.
- In a heavy skillet (preferably cast iron), heat 1 Tbsp. of olive oil over medium/high heat. When the oil is hot, carefully place the pork chops into the pan and sear for 2-3 minutes on each side – they should have a nice brown color. Remove the pork chops from the pan and place them on top of the potatoes in the crockpot.
- In the same skillet, add a little more oil if needed to coat the pan (leave any bits from the pork chops in the pan) and heat on medium until the oil is hot. Throw in the onions and stir for 1-2 minutes. If they are browning too quickly, turn the heat down a little. Then throw in the garlic and stir for about 30 seconds. Remove from heat and put the onion/garlic mixture in the crockpot. Scrape any bits from the pan and add them to the crockpot.
- In a bowl, whisk together the olive oil, ranch seasoning packet, and apple cider vinegar. Pour over the potatoes and pork chops.
- Top the pork chops with the butter pieces.
- Cook on low heat for 5-6 hours or on high for about 3 hours. Don’t lift the lid while cooking or you will lose moisture.
- Using a meat thermometer, ensure the pork has an internal temperature of 145° F.
- Salt/Pepper to taste.
Tips and Tricks
Now that you know the steps to making this delicious dish, here are some tips and tricks to help you along the way:
- Use a meat thermometer to ensure that the pork chops are cooked to the proper internal temperature. This will ensure that they are safe to eat and not overcooked.
- Don’t lift the lid of the crockpot while cooking. This can cause the moisture to escape, which can make the dish dry and less flavorful.
- Use a heavy skillet, preferably cast iron, to sear the pork chops. This will give them a nice brown color and seal in the juices.
- Use fresh garlic and onions for the best flavor. You can also experiment with different types of onions, such as red or sweet onions, for a different taste.
- Add some chopped fresh herbs, such as rosemary or thyme, for an extra burst of flavor.