If you think ranch seasoning tastes good on veggies, wait until you try it on crock pot pork chops! This easy ranch pork chop recipe is made with just a couple of ingredients, bone in pork chops, a Ranch seasoning packet, a bit of chicken broth and milk and some butter and flour. You’ll get tender and juicy pork chops with a ranch flavored gravy all cooked together slowly in the crock pot.
Tender & Juicy Pork Chops with Ranch Seasoning
While not a dump and go recipe, it doesn’t take much work to get tender and juicy pork chops. No need to marinate or brine since they will be cooking slowly, but searing them will seal in the flavor. Adding a packet of ranch dressing to a simple gravy infuses the pork with so much flavor.
Pork chops are not one of those meats that can cook all day in the slow cooker. Once it reaches 145º they should be removed or they’ll get tough. The time will vary depending on how many pork chops you are cooking and your slow cooker. This is all to say you can’t put them on in the morning and come home to tender pork chops. It will only take around 2 hours, possibly a little longer.
To get the most flavor, start by giving the pork chops a quick sear in a skillet this seals in the juices. Then, add them to the crock pot and create a simple sauce for them to cook in. If you want thick gravy, you’ll have to drain the juice at the end into a saucepan and add some cornstarch.
A lot of folks will tell you to just add cornstarch to the slow cooker while they cook, but the pork chops produce a lot of liquid and I’ve found you just don’t get a thick gravy that way. To get that wonderful thick gravy, just mix some cornstarch with a little water and whisk it into the Ranch and pork flavored juice on the stovetop. It just takes a couple of minutes and you have a beautiful brown Southern gravy.
What is Ranch seasoning?
Ranch seasoning, like all seasoning blends in a packet, is just a mix of seasonings you might already have in your cupboard along with dried buttermilk. You’re paying for the convenience of having them all blended together perfectly for you.
I like making my own seasoning mixes, but when it comes to Ranch seasoning, I have to admit, I like the HIdden valley Ranch packets. It adds so much flavor to my ranch chicken pasta, Buffalo chicken tater tot casserole and taco soup, and the convenience is a plus.
Why You’ll Love Ranch Pork Chops
- They’re made with Ranch Seasoning: It’s hard to go wrong when you add ranch seasoning. There’s something so satisfying about the savory, tangy flavors in ranch, and no matter what I add them too, people are always excited about it.
- It’s a Crock Pot recipe: Another winning reason to make this pork chop recipe – it’s cooked in the slow cooker. A couple of hours and your pork chops come out perfectly cooked with almost no effort.
- The sauce is really, really good: The gravy that’s made in the slow cooker is a rich brown color, full of all the flavors of ranch combined with the caramelized pork chops. You might want to serve this with some biscuits to soak up whatever’s left over on your plate.
Ranch Pork Chops Ingredients
- Pork chops – look for bone in chops that are at least 1-inch thick for the best results.
- Chicken broth – any type will do.
- Milk – whole milk will make the sauce a little creamier, but any type will work.
- Ranch seasoning –you’ll need one packet of Ranch dressing or about 2 tablespoons.
- Pantry Staples – Olive oil, butter, flour, cornstarch (optional)
How To Make The Best Crock Pot Pork Chops
Step 1: Sear your pork chops.
Start by heating up the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Then, when the pan is really hot, add the pork chops in a single layer and sear for about 2 minutes. Flip and sear the other side for 2 more minutes, then remove them from the pan and set them in your slow cooker.
Step 2: Start your gravy.
Don’t wash your skillet, just use it as is to get all the pork flavor. Warm up the milk and chicken broth in the microwave. Meanwhile, add butter to the hot skillet, then stir in the flour to make a roux, whisking constantly for about 1 minutes. Slowly whisk the warm milk mixture into the skillet, whisking until it is slightly thickened. Add the Ranch seasoning.
Step 3: Finish the ranch pork chops in the slow cooker.
Pour the sauce over the pork chops in the crock pot and cook on low for 2 to 4 hours, or until a meat thermometer reads 145°F. 1-inch chops should take about 2 hours. Adjust the time if yours are thinner or thicker. The time will also vary depending on the number and size of your pork chops, so start checking the temperature at 1 ½ hours.
Step 4: Finish your gravy and serve.
Remove the cooked pork chops from the slow cooker and set them on a serving plate. If you want your gravy to be a bit thicker, pour the sauce into a medium saucepan and begin to heat it over medium heat. Mix 1 teaspoon of cornstarch with a tablespoon of room temperature water in a small bowl. Add the cornstarch slurry to the sauce, whisking until it thickens slightly. Pour the gravy over the pork chops and serve.
Tips for Making Perfectly Tender Ranch Pork Chops with Gravy
- Don’t over cook the pork chops. Use a meat thermometer and remove once they’ve reached 145º.
- If you try to mix in cornstarch without adding it to the water, it will end up clumping. If you’re using cornstarch to thicken a sauce, always mix it with liquid first (this is called a slurry), then add it very slowly, whisking the entire time.
How to Store Leftovers
Store leftover pork chops in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3 days. You can store the gravy separately or in the same container. They will stay fresh in the freezer for about 2 months.
How to reheat pork chops – Add the pork and gravy to a skillet or shallow saucepan and heat over low-medium heat. You may need to add some broth to thin out the gravy.
More Ways to Enjoy Pork Chops
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Slow Cooker Ranch Pork Chops with Gravy
- 4 pork chops 1-inch thick, bone-in chops
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 1½ cups chicken broth
- ½ cup milk
- 1 packet ranch seasoning
- 1 tsp cornstarch optional
- Slow Cooker
- Add olive oil to a large skillet and heat over medium-high heat. Salt and pepper both sides of the pork chops. Add to the skillet and sear about 2 minute per side. Place pork chops in the slow cooker.
- In the same skillet, add butter. Once melted, whisk in flour and cook for about 1 minute. Warm milk and chicken broth in the microwave. Slowly add to flour mixture, whisking constantly until it has thickened. Whisk in Ranch seasoning.
- Pour the ranch mixture over the pork chops in the slow cooker and cook on low for 2-4 hours until a meat thermometer reads 145º. The time will vary depending on the thickness and number of pork chops in the slow cooker, so start checking the temperature at 1 ½ hours.
- Remove the pork chops and pour the gravy into a saucepan over medium heat. In a small bowl, combine 1 teaspoon of cornstarch with a tablespoon of water and add to the sauce, whisking until slightly thickened, pour over pork chops.
Barbara’s Tips + Notes
- Don’t overcook the pork chops, all slow cookers cook differently and the time will vary depending on the size and number of pork chops. Use a meat thermometer to test them starting at 1 ½ hours.
- Warming the milk and chicken broth will speed up the time it takes to make the soup mixture.