I share a special affection for Crockpot dinners, and I believe it runs deeper than just following a family tradition. It’s true that my mom’s frequent use of Crockpots, owning four of them, might have influenced my love for this cooking method. However, the passion has passed down to the next generation, as my adult daughter now embraces Crockpot cooking too. It’s a heartwarming realization that we are three generations of enthusiastic Crockpot enthusiasts, connecting us through the love of flavorful, home-cooked meals.
Amidst all the dishes I’ve prepared in the Crockpot, this recipe stands out as a favorite that still receives compliments from my family. While I may have burnt them out on certain dishes in the past, this one remains a cherished gem, not destined for the “burnout pile.” It’s a testament to the recipe’s enduring appeal and deliciousness that keeps it in regular rotation.
In a fast-paced world where everyone is busy with their lives, the ability to create easy, home-cooked meals that are both delicious and satisfying is truly priceless. There’s something magical about assembling all the ingredients in the Crockpot, going about your day, and returning home to the aroma of a beautifully cooked dinner ready to be served. It’s like receiving a thoughtful gift that warms both the heart and the stomach.
I encourage you to give this Crockpot recipe a try, and I have no doubt that you’ll be delighted to add it to your cherished collection of go-to recipes. It’s a meal that brings joy to the entire family, offering comfort and convenience in equal measure. Whether you have a bustling family life or a busy schedule of your own, this Crockpot recipe has the power to make your life easier and more delicious. So, embrace the tradition of Crockpot cooking, and relish the joy of sharing homemade goodness with your loved ones. You won’t be disappointed; it’s a gift that keeps on giving.
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 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 medium/high heat. When 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 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.
* A thicker bone-in chop will yield the best results. You want the pork chops to have a little fat and good marbling so as it slowly cooks, it becomes more tender and juicier. Avoid the leaner cuts and boneless pork because the meat will not be as tender.
* Searing the meat is an important step that should not be skipped. Not only does it seal in the juices and the seasoning flavor, it also looks more appealing when served.
* Place leftover pork chops in an airtight container in the refrigerator and use within 3-4 days. Freeze the leftovers in an airtight container for up to 2 months.
Crockpot Ranch Pork Chops and Potatoes is a true winner in the realm of easy and satisfying meals. This delightful recipe combines the succulence of tender pork chops with the comforting goodness of potatoes, all infused with the tantalizing flavors of ranch seasoning.
As someone who values convenience and deliciousness in their meals, I find myself drawn to Crockpot recipes like this one. The magic of this dish lies in its simplicity – just a few ingredients placed in the Crockpot result in a flavorful and hearty meal that the whole family will adore.
The melding of ranch seasoning with the tender pork chops and creamy potatoes creates a symphony of flavors that dance on the taste buds. Each bite is a delightful harmony of savory goodness, making it a crowd-pleaser for all ages.
One of the most appealing aspects of this recipe is the time-saving convenience it offers. In a fast-paced world, the ability to prepare a wholesome and delicious meal without much effort is truly invaluable. The Crockpot does the work for you, allowing you to go about your day with the comforting knowledge that a delicious dinner will be waiting for you when you return home.
Whether it’s a busy weeknight or a special gathering with loved ones, Crockpot Ranch Pork Chops and Potatoes is a reliable option that delivers on taste and ease of preparation. It brings a sense of comfort and warmth to the table, fostering a feeling of togetherness and joy as everyone gathers to savor its delightful flavors.
So, if you’re in search of a recipe that promises a stress-free cooking experience and a mouthwatering meal, I highly recommend giving Crockpot Ranch Pork Chops and Potatoes a try. It’s a delightful addition to any meal plan and will undoubtedly become a favorite go-to recipe in your kitchen. Embrace the magic of Crockpot cooking, and relish the joy of creating delicious, home-cooked meals that bring smiles to the faces of your loved ones.