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Crockpot Ranch Pork Chops

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My effortless recipe creates the creamiest, tangiest and tastiest pork chops in the slow cooker. I use a packet of Hidden Valley ranch seasoning and evaporated milk to make this an easy “fix it and forget it” crock pot pork chops dinner without canned soup. These Crockpot ranch pork chops with cream cheese have an ultra rich, creamy gravy sauce ideal for spooning over your sides like mashed potatoes, green beans, rice, or cauliflower rice for a complete comforting meal.

platter of bone-in pork chops ready to serve

The Best Hidden Valley Ranch Pork Chop Recipe

Tangy, creamy, and terrifically rich – Hidden Valley ranch pork chops made in the slow cooker checks all of the boxes for a classic comfort food recipe.

I skip the canned soup and instead make these Crockpot ranch pork chops with cream cheese and evaporated milk. The result is a remarkable tasty, completely satisfying dish that’s perfect for serving with any number of your favorite sides!

What Ingredients You Need

To make crock pot pork chops without canned soup you simply need to use handy evaporated milk instead.

If you’re wondering “what is evaporated milk?” Evaporated milk is regular cow’s milk that has had most of the water removed. This process makes the milk highly concentrated and extremely shelf-stable once canned.

While condensed soup undergoes a similar process to remove the water, canned soup typically also has other ingredients added to it to make it shelf-stable. So evaporated milk is a simpler and much more wholesome option for cooking.

Here is the complete list of the 6 simple ingredients needed to make the best ranch pork chops in the slow cooker:

Ingredients for crock pot pork chops

To keep your pork chops tender and moist, instead of tough and dry, it’s important to choose the right cut of meat. Here’s what to look for:

  • bone-in, thicker (3/4″ – 1″) chop with great marbling throughout.
  • Look for those labeled center cut, blade chop, shoulder chop or sirloin chop at the store.
  • If you need help at the store, let them you know you are looking for pork chops for slow cooking.
  • Lean cuts of pork chops do not work well in this recipe. Since they won’t give you the same tender results, you should definitely choose a cut with a bit of fat and marbling on it for making Hidden Valley ranch pork chops in the slow cooker.

How to Make Crockpot Hidden Valley Ranch Pork Chops with Cream Cheese

This recipe is known as a “dump and go” dish because of how terrifically easy it is to make. What is “dump and go?” Basically all of the ingredients are loaded into the crock of a slow cooker, then the time is set, and you leave the Crockpot alone to work its magic. There is no pre-cooking (such as searing on the stovetop) necessary!

What if I want to sear my pork chops first?

This is a “dump and go” recipe, but if you have the time consider searing the pork chops first. First, it gives the pork a beautiful golden crust for a beautiful presentation. Second, who can resist that added flavor boost that seared meat provides.

cast iron skillet with seared pork

If you are looking for a highly rated slow cooker, this is the slow cooker I use. Some of the featured I like best are that it has a locking lid which is really handy for potlucks and BBQs. It also has a probe which lets you know when a roast or meal is at the perfect temperature. Since it’s digital, as soon as the cooking cycle is over, it defaults to the warm setting keeping your food at the right temperature until you are ready to serve the meal.

Preparing the Pork Chops in 3 Easy Steps

Here are the 3 easy steps for making the most mouthwatering ranch pork chops in the slow cooker:

  1. Firstly, place the pork in the crock of your slow cooker. In a medium bowl combine the evaporated milk, Hidden Valley ranch seasoning packet, and chicken bouillon.
  2. Then, pour the evaporated milk mixture over the pork chops, and cover with the lid. Cook on LOW for 3-5 hours.
  3. When the pork chops have reached 145ºF, remove them from the slow cooker to a plate. Add the cream cheese to the Crock pot, stirring until it melts into a rich, creamy sauce.

Pro Tip: I recommend cooking these pork chops on the low setting in the Crockpot. Cooking the right marbled chops low and slow allows the fat keep the meat tender and juicy. I therefore recommend using the low setting for the absolutely best results.

pork chops in crock pot slow cooker

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Frequently Asked Questions

What can I use to substitute evaporated milk?

If you don’t have or prefer not to use evaporated milk, you can make this easy pork chop recipe with a number of other ingredients. Try swapping with:
– 10 ounces of half and half
– 16 ounces of regular milk that you simmer and reduce down to 10 ounces, or
– 10 ounces of heavy cream

How can I make this a Keto-friendly recipe?

For a keto version of this crockpot Hidden Valley ranch pork chops recipe, simply eliminate the corn starch and decrease the evaporated milk to 7 ounces or add more cream cheese.

What should I serve with Crockpot Ranch Pork Chops?

Creamy, rich and savory ranch pork chops are delicious enjoyed over pasta, rice, or low-carb cauliflower rice, or potatoes. Serve along with a fresh veggie side dish, like steamed or roasted broccoli or green beans, for a complete meal.

How long will leftover pork chops keep well?

Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Because of the creamy, dairy-based sauce I do not recommend freezing.

Here’s the Full Hidden Valley Ranch Pork Chops Recipe:

platter of pork chops ready to serve
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Crockpot Ranch Pork Chops with Cream Cheese

Slow cooker ranch pork chops are a creamy and flavorful dump and go or set it and forget it meal. Make this easy recipe in the Crockpot and enjoy with noodles, rice, or potatoes!
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword crockpot, Dinner, Easy Dinner, Main Course, One Pot Meal, pork chops, slow cooker
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 5 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 370kcal

Equipment

  • Slow Cooker/Crock Pot

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs pork chops, bone-in or boneless, 3/4" – 1" thick and well-marbled
  • 1 can (10 oz) evaporated milk
  • 1 packet Hidden Valley Ranch seasoning (dried seasoning in a packet, not prepared ranch dressing)
  • 2 tsp Better than Bouillon chicken seasoning (can substitute with 1 cube chicken bouillon)
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 Tbsp corn starch (optional)

Instructions

  • Add the pork chops to the slow cooker. In a medium bowl, mix together the evaporated milk, dry ranch seasoning, and bouillon.
  • Pour the evaporated milk mixture over the pork chops. Set Crockpot to low setting and cook for 3-5 hours. The pork chops are done when they reach an internal temperature of 145º. In my slow cooker this only takes 3 1/2 hours for 1" pork chops. For the most tender and juicy pork, do not let them overcook.
  • Remove the pork chops to a plate. Add the cream cheese to the Crock pot, and stir until mixture is smooth and creamy. To thicken the cream sauce (if needed), mix 2 Tablespoons of cold water with 2 Tablespoons of corn starch. Add to cream sauce and cook until thickened. If not serving immediately, return the chops to the slow cooker and keep on warm until serving.

Notes

Well marbled bone-in or boneless pork chops will yield the best results. I prefer 1″ center cut, but sirloin chops, blade steaks, or loin chops will also work well.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 370kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 136mg | Sodium: 343mg | Potassium: 733mg | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 367IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 152mg | Iron: 1mg

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