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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.
WHAT’S COVERED IN THIS POST
- The Best Hidden Valley Ranch Pork Chop Recipe
- What Ingredients You Need
- How to Make Crockpot Hidden Valley Ranch Pork Chops with Cream Cheese
- Frequently Asked Questions
- The Full Hidden Valley Ranch Pork Chops Recipe
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:
- Pork chops
- Evaporated milk
- Cream cheese
- Hidden Valley Ranch packet
- Chicken bouillon
- Corn starch (optional)
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:
- A 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?
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:
- This slow cooker has a lid with a locking latches that are really handy for transporting the crock pot to events like potlucks and BBQs. Plus it keeps the heat in really well during cooking and during warming.
- It also has a probe that lets you know when a roast or meal is at the perfect temperature. Then it turns the cooking cycle to the warm mode.
- 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:
- 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.
- Then, pour the evaporated milk mixture over the pork chops, and cover with the lid. Cook on LOW for 3-5 hours.
- 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 to keep the meat tender and juicy. So, I recommend using the low setting for the absolute best results.
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Frequently Asked Questions
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
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.
Creamy, rich, and savory ranch pork chops are deliciously 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.
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 this pork chops recipe.
The Full Hidden Valley Ranch Pork Chops Recipe
Crockpot Ranch Pork Chops with Cream Cheese
- Slow Cooker/Crock Pot
- 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 mix (dried seasoning in a packet, see notes for making your own)
- 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)
- 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.