These easy Crock Pot Pork Chops, made with mushroom soup, create a delicious sauce right in the crock pot!
A 5-ingredient dinner that makes itself, in the crock pot? It’s true! These Crock Pot Pork Chops are super easy to assemble. Then, you let the crock pot do its magic, and dinner is ready in the evening.
With this pork chop recipe, you just place everything in the crock pot, turn it on low, and then arrive home to the delicious aromas of pork chops in their own sauce.
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Cooking with condensed soup
Condensed soup was invented in 1897, and casseroles made with soup gained popularity in the 1950s and 1960s (green bean casserole was invented in 1955 by Dorcas Reilly at the Campbell Soup Company).
The exact origin of this pork chop recipe is unknown, though Campbell’s might have had something to do with it.
Perhaps you don’t mind cooking with condensed soup. Or perhaps you’re a little leery of the ingredient list, which can contain preservatives and additives.
If you fall into the latter camp, I’ve found a number of brands that make condensed soup with shorter (and “cleaner”) ingredient lists. Amy’s and Pacific brands both make condensed cream of mushroom soup that works well in this recipe. I’ve also found an organic store brand (Simple Truth at Kroger) that works perfectly here, too.
How to make tender pork chops
Making tender pork chops requires two elements: low and slow cooking, and a sauce to braise the chops.
A crock pot works best for low and slow cooking. Since pork chops aren’t typically more than 1-inch thick, they can be cooked to tender perfection in just 4 hours on low in a crock pot.
Braising means to simmer in a small amount of liquid until tender. Combined with low and slow cooking, the method makes meat melt-in-your-mouth delicious.
For this recipe, we’ll cook the pork chops in cream of mushroom soup. It creates this amazing sauce that make these chops the perfect comfort food dinner.
- Bone-in pork chops are the best choice for this recipe. The bone keeps them extra tender and juicy. However, if you only have boneless pork chops, those work too!
- Condensed cream of mushroom soup forms the base of the sauce. You can purchase a popular brand like Campbell’s, or an organic brand like Pacific or Amy’s if you prefer a shorter ingredient list for the soup.
- Worcestershire sauce and ketchup add lots of flavor to the sauce.
- We’ll season the pork chops with salt before cooking—this is key to a perfectly seasoned dish!
Start by sprinkling the pork chops with salt. I chose bone-in pork chops for this dish. I find that the bones help keep the meat tender and juicy (and the meat right around the bones is particularly delicious!).
If you only have boneless pork chops, those will work, too. I’ve made them both ways!
Pour the condensed cream of mushroom soup, ketchup, and worcestershire sauce into a crock pot. Stir to combine.
Place the pork chops in the crock pot and use tongs to coat the chops with the sauce.
It doesn’t have to be perfect—just make sure the chops are covered with the sauce.
Then, cover the crock pot and turn it to LOW. Cook on low for 4–5 hours.
The pork chops are done when they break easily with a fork.
I have a newer model crock pot (circa 2017), which cooks at a slightly higher temperature than older crock pots. This is an interesting article that explores new vs. old crock pots and cooking temperatures!
Whether you have an older model or newer model, you really don’t need to do anything special. Just check the pork chops around 4 hours by sticking a fork in one. If the meat comes apart easily, they are done. If not, give them another hour.
For the most tender meat, cook pork chops for 4–5 hours on the low setting.
For this recipe, condensed cream of mushroom soup is necessary for a flavorful sauce. If you’re wary of conventional brands of soup due to long ingredient lists or preservatives, look for an organic brand of soup such as Amy’s or Pacific. Some store brands (which is what I used) are also organic.
Pork chops are best cooked on low so they’re extra tender. However, you can cook them on high—just adjust the cooking time to 2½–3 hours.
Additions and substitutions
If you’d like to add some veggies to the crock pot, stir in one (8 oz) package of sliced mushrooms and one sliced onion before cooking. Both of the veggies will be cooked to perfection by the time the pork chops are done.
If you don’t have worcestershire sauce, you can substitute one of the following:
- one tablespoon of balsamic vinegar
- one tablespoon of soy sauce and ½ teaspoon of sugar
Side dishes for pork chops
Pork chops with sauce are best for serving with something that will soak up all that delicious sauce! For these Crock Pot Pork Chops, I like serving them on top of white rice, brown rice, or egg noodles. The rice or noodles benefit from the sauce as much as the pork chops!
I usually start on the side dishes about 30 minutes before the pork chops are done cooking. By the time the rice has cooked and the veggies are tender, the pork chops are done, and the meal is ready to be served.
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Crock Pot Pork Chops
- Crock pot (slow cooker)
- 4 bone-in pork chops (regular or thick cut)
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- 1 (10.5 oz) can condensed cream of mushroom soup
- ¼ cup ketchup
- 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
- Season pork chops on both sides with the salt.
- Place the condensed soup, ketchup, and worcestershire sauce in a crock pot. Stir to combine. Add the pork chops, and turn the meat with tongs to coat.
- Cook on LOW for 4–5 hours. The pork chops are done when the meat is easily cut with a fork and falls off the bone.
- Serve over rice or egg noodles.