This easy slow cooker pork chops and potatoes recipe is one you'll come back to again and again. Tangy (homemade or store-bought) Italian Dressing flavors rich and juicy pork chops then slow-cooked all day long to infuse the dish with tons of flavors. It's a weeknight winner!
Recipe: $10.45 | Per Serving: $2.61 | Yield: 4
This dish is a cinch to throw together in the morning so it can cook throughout the day yielding tender and flavorful pork.
Pork tends to be a fattier, richer meat that pairs well with fresh and acidic flavors to cut through the richness.
For pork chops in the crockpot, we've added a tangy Italian dressing with red wine vinegar and lemon juice to give plenty of extra fresh and tangy flavor.
The steamed green beans provide bright green freshness to the table and round out the pork chops and potatoes perfectly. You can always replace them with a simple arugula salad or your favorite salad.
Why You Will Love This Recipe
- A slow cooker meal you will be happy to serve to guests.
- Capitalizes on the classic pairing of pork and zesty, bright flavors.
- Mostly hands-off meal! Just a few minutes at the start and finish are required to make this dish.
Pork chops in the slow cooker with potatoes require a handful of simple ingredients to prepare. For this recipe you'll need:
- Pork chops: This slow cooker pork recipe works great with either bone-in or boneless pork chops. So feel free to buy your favorite or choose the one that's the least expensive.
- Baby potatoes: Work great because they require almost zero prep and they hold up great in the slow cooker. Look for potatoes that are about 1 inch across. If they're larger (as in some of these photos), you'll want to cut them in half. Baby potatoes are often more expensive but you can also use regular potatoes and cut them into pieces - they are more likely to fall apart in the sauce though, which is still quite delicious!
- Acidic flavors: Lemon juice and red wine vinegar give the marinade lots of brightness and enhances the other flavors.
- Spices: Italian seasoning, oregano, crushed red pepper, and garlic powder give the homemade vinaigrette tons of flavor.
- Green beans: Steamed on the side for an easy side dish.
- Homemade Italian dressing: You can also use a store-bought Italian dressing to save a bit of time, but I would recommend adding a little extra vinegar to get the same flavor.
- Green beans: Skip them for this recipe and prepare another vegetable instead. Roasted broccoli and garlic butter mushrooms also would taste great with these pork chops and potatoes.
How to Make Crockpot Pork Chops with Potatoes
The pork chops in the slow cooker will take the longest so get them started first. Here's an overview of the steps involved but be sure to check the detailed instructions in the recipe card.
- Combine all the ingredients for the Italian Dressing in a jar and shake well to combine.
- Place the pork chops in the slow cooker and sprinkle them with salt and pepper. Pour the dressing over the pork chops.
- Add the potatoes on top of the pork in a single layer, sprinkling with a little more salt if desired.
- Cover with a lid and slow cook on low for 9-10 hours, or until pork is tender and falling apart, and the potatoes are cooked all the way through.
- When you're ready to serve. Prep and cook the green beans.
- Remove them from the pot so they stop cooking. Immediately sprinkle with salt, drizzle with extra virgin olive oil, and toss well.
Expert Tips and FAQs
- Make sure to add the meat to the bottom of the slow cooker. The meat will cook better and the fat will dissolve as it cooks, creating more liquid to surround the pork and keep it moist.
- If using store bought Italian dressing add two tablespoons of lemon juice for a more tangy and zest flavor.
- The smaller the potatoes, the better. Potatoes should be about one inch in size so if using large potatoes, cut them into similar-sized small pieces so they cook up nice and buttery in the crockpot.
Yes, you can. Place the pork and Italian dressing in a container the night before. Wash and cut the potatoes as needed and store them in water. Then in the morning transfer the pork and dressing to the crockpot, top them with drained potatoes, and start the slow cooker.
Both are great cuts of pork to cook up for meals. However, bone-in pork chops are often less expensive than boneless and will provide additional amino acids like glycine. And as a bonus, bone-in pork will provide more flavor.
Vegetarian: No, but I bet it would be great with white beans instead of pork!
Low FODMAP: Skip the garlic in the dressing and go easy on the green beans if they irritate you.
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Slow Cooker Pork Chops and Potatoes
Italian Dressing (or ⅔ cups Italian dressing)
- ¼ cup olive oil
- ¼ cup red wine vinegar
- 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon Italian herb seasoning
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 pound pork chops bone-in or boneless
- + more salt and pepper about ½ teaspoon each
- 1 ½ pounds baby potatoes
- 1 ½ pounds green beans
- ½ teaspoon fine salt
- 1 drizzle extra virgin olive oil
- fresh parsley for topping! if you want!
For the Pork Chops and Potatoes:
- Combine all Italian Dressing ingredients in a jar and shake well to combine.
- Place pork chops in slow cooker. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Pour dressing over pork chops. Place potatoes on top of the pork in a single layer, sprinkling with a little more salt if desired.
- Cover and slow cook on low for 9-10 hours, or until pork is tender and falling apart, and the potatoes are cooked all the way through.
For the Green Beans (at serving time):
- Wash and trim the green beans. Fill a shallow pot or pan (that will fit a steamer basket) with about 2 inches of water. Bring to a boil. Add green beans to a steamer basket and place over the boiling water. Cover with a lid and steam until the beans are bright green, about 3-5 minutes.
- As soon as the beans are done, remove them from the pot so they stop cooking. Immediately sprinkle with about ½ teaspoon fine salt and toss well. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil.
This recipe was originally published in November 2021. The post has been updated but the recipe remains the same.