How To Cook Slow Cooker Pork Chops and Gravy

Slow Cooker Pork Chops and Gravy are an easy and budget-friendly meal to make for your family.

If you’re looking for a satisfying, nutritious, and delicious dinner, you’ll love this how-to recipe for tender pork chops. It’s perfect for any night of the week.

Slow Cooker Pork Chops And Gravy Is A Simple Meal To Cook

Pork chops on mashed potatoes next to a slow cooker

DISCLAIMER: This post is sponsored by the Wisconsin Pork Producers Association. As always, the opinions are honest and are all my own. 

Slow cooker pork chops and gravy is one of our favorite meals around here because it really is super simple to make.

You can add the ingredients to the slow cooker, and it will be ready to eat by the time you get home in the evening.

As kids, my sister and I spent summers in Tennessee on my grandparent’s farm, and they had all types of farm animals–among them cows, chickens, horses, goats, and pigs.

My cousin and I would climb up the backside of the barn and sit and look out over the cotton fields and watch the pigs running around in the pen right below us.

We’d watch as my grandfather stayed busy feeding and taking care of all of the animals. As a city girl, I didn’t know what all went into raising the animals.

That was many years ago, and times have changed since my grandfather ran his farm.

Families are still taking care of pigs, but with new technology and new diets, they’ve discovered new and better ways to feed the pigs. My grandfather would be impressed.

You can read more about the transformation of pig farming at PorkCares.org

At the table, my grandparents always provided some sort of pork, whether it was mouth-watering homemade sausage, seasoned bacon, tender pork chops, or good ole’ country ham.

And let me tell you, it was mighty delicious.

So, I am super excited to share my recipe for slow cooker pork chops and gravy with you.

Pork chops with gravy and mashed potatoes

If you love these in the slow cooker, try these baked pork chops and gravy.

Ingredients For Crock Pot Pork Chops

  • Thick pork chops
  • Condensed cream of chicken soup
  • Onion dip mix
  • Pork gravy mix
  • Chicken broth
  • Cornstarch
  • Water
  • Black pepper

Full printable recipe card with a complete list of ingredients, measurements, and instructions at the bottom of the post.

Pork chops on a plate with a fork

An Easy Dinner Recipe To Make With Pork Chops

And this meal is a cinch to make. It only took me about five minutes to get the dinner started, so if you’re in a rush, this is the perfect meal.

I picked bone-in pork chops for this recipe because they are so tender and flavorful.

And when you’re cooking smothered pork chops in the slow cooker, it’s easy to tell when the meat is done cooking because it falls right off the bone.

When cooking other types of pork, how do you know the meat is done?

  • Depending on how you’re cooking pork, there’s a tried and true way to make sure it’s done. Grab a digital thermometer and make sure the meat reaches a temperature (for fresh cuts) of 145 degrees. Once it reaches an internal temperature of 145 to 160 degrees, which is the optimal temperature range, let the meat rest for three minutes.
  • Be sure to test the thickest part of the meat, and don’t allow the thermometer to touch the bone, or you’ll get an incorrect reading.
  • Ground pork should get to a temperature of 160 degrees.
Pork meat on a fork in the slow cooker

In the slow cooker, the meat might be a tad pink, and that’s ok. If it’s falling apart, it’s done.

Step-By-Step Instructions for Crock Pot Pork Chops and Gravy

Cream of chicken soup in a bowl

Start by adding the cream of chicken soup to a large bowl.

You can also do this in the slow cooker to keep from having to do more dishes.

Another great thing about this recipe is its versatility.

You can switch out the cream of chicken soup for cream of mushroom soup, or cheddar cheese soup, or your favorite flavor.

Cream of chicken soup and onion dip mix.

Next, add the onion dip mix. 

I didn’t add any salt to the recipe because onion soup dip usually has some in it. If you’d like more, you can add it anytime.

Pork gravy in a bowl with cream of chicken soup

Now, add the pork gravy mix to the bowl.

Water with cream of chicken soup, pork gravy mix, and onion dip mix.

Add the chicken broth to the bowl. 

Pepper, pork gravy mix, and cream of chicken soup

Finally, add the pepper to the bowl and mix everything together. 

Pork chops in a slow cooker

Place pork chops in the bottom of the slow cooker.

(Be sure to spray with some nonstick spray first. It will make clean-up easier).

I used four thick cuts of pork because I have two teenage boys who can eat a lot. We actually had plenty for dinner and some leftovers with this recipe.

You can use bone-in or boneless pork chops for the recipe.

Ways to use leftovers:

  • Pork chops and gravy on a bun and a side of potato chips.
  • Cut the pork chops up more and add to the rice. (This is a family favorite).
  • Add to the top of a salad (the hubs does this all the time).
  • Grab some taco shells and add shredded pork chop meat, avocados, onions, and some salsa verde.
  • Add the pork to enchiladas with some black beans, garlic, and onion. (This is a favorite way to eat the pork).
  • Fajita bowls with rice, bell peppers, avocados, and onions.
  • Cook some egg noodles and top with pork chops and gravy.
  • Cook some golden brown biscuits and top with pork and gravy.
Pork chops in a slow cooker with gravy.

Pour the gravy over the pork chops.

If you mix the gravy in the slow cooker, just spoon it over the pork chops so they are covered, and the flavors will seep into the pork chops.

Slow Cooker settings

Place the lid on top, set the slow cooker to eight hours or the low setting, and let it cook.

The cooking time is long, but the meat will come out so incredibly tender every time. Slow cooking is great for tender pork.

While it’s cooking, I thought I’d share a couple of nutritional facts about pork.

According to pork.org, “Pork is both a good source of protein and also provides several important vitamins and minerals. A 3-ounce serving of pork is an “excellent” source of thiamin, selenium, protein, niacin, vitamin B6 and phosphorus, and a “good” source of riboflavin, zinc, and potassium.”

I love to hear this because I am having to work hard at getting some extra B vitamins and this is a great way to do that.

Pork.org also said, “Pork is naturally low in sodium and a “good” source of potassium – two nutrients that, when coupled, can help regulate blood pressure.”

All the more reason to get your slow cooker warmed up.

Ok, back to the recipe.

Water and corn starch in a bowl

After 7-1/2 hours, add the cornstarch and water to a small bowl and stir together.

While the pork chops cook, they let off a lot of liquid, so in order to make the gravy a little thicker, you’ll need to add some corn starch and water.

I used two tablespoons of cornstarch and water, but if you want the gravy even thicker, you’ll need to double it.

Pork chops in a slow cooker with corn starch and water

Pour the cornstarch into the slow cooker and allow it to cook for about thirty more minutes. 

Pork chops in a slow cooker with gravy

Once everything cooks, you can begin to pull the pork off of the bone. It will be so tender that it’ll just fall right off.

You can spoon the bones out of the Crock Pot before serving.

Pork chops in a slow cooker

Are you ready to dig in? The creamy gravy has such a rich flavor and the whole family loves the meal.

Pork chops on top of mashed potatoes with gravy

Delicious slow cooker pork chops and gravy taste amazing over rice or mashed potatoes.

Crock Pot meals are a great way to make dinner. You can throw in the ingredients, let it cook all day, and come home to a tasty hot meal that is fork-tender.

The recipe is perfect for Sunday dinner, as well.

How To Store The Leftovers

If you have leftovers, you can store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Pork chops and gravy on a plate

Tasty Side Dishes to Go Along With Slow Cooker Pork Chops

Add a side to your Crock Pot meal. Here are a few ideas.

Optional Ingredients for Different Flavors with Your Pork Chops

  • Mushrooms
  • Cayenne pepper to add some spicy flavor.
  • Applesauce to add some sweet flavor.
  • Brown sugar to make things sweet for everyone.
  • Canned tomatoes
  • Make slow cooker pork chops with cream of mushroom soup and potatoes.
Pork with gravy on a bun with chips

Are Pork Chops Better Cooked Slow or Fast?

When it comes to pork chops in the Crock Pot, the slower they cook, the more tender they will be. It breaks down connective tissue and muscle fibers to give you the most tender pork chops.

Why Are My Pork Chops Tough in the Slow Cooker?

Chances are you cooked them a little too long. Seven to eight hours on low temperature is the longest you will want to cook them.

What is the Best Cut of Pork for a Slow Cooker?

Pork chops and pork shoulder are both great cuts for the Crock Pot.

Delicious Slow Cooker Pork Chops for the Whole Family

Crock Pot pork chops and gravy are an easy recipe to make, and they’re perfect for a family dinner.

Plus, the recipe is budget-friendly, so you can easily stick to your food budget without sacrificing taste or nutrition.

If you’re looking for an easy meal that everyone in the whole family will love, head on down to the grocery store, get the ingredients, and give this slow cooker pork chops and gravy recipe a try!

Share your comments below, and click here to share a picture of your Crock Pot pork chops dinner on the Pinterest Pin!  The recipe boasts plenty of flavors cooked up in one bowl.

And I promise these will be fall apart slow cooker pork chops.

Pork chops on top of mashed potatoes with gravy

Slow Cooker Pork Chops and Gravy

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 8 hours 20 minutes

Slow cooker pork chops and delicious brown gravy is a simple recipe that is pure comfort food.

Ingredients

  • 4 large, thick pork chops
  • 10.5 ounce can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 ounce packet of onion dip mix
  • 0.87 ounce packet of pork gravy mix
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth (or water)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons corn starch
  • 2 Tablespoons water

Instructions

  1. Add the cream of chicken soup, onion dip, pork gravy mix, pepper, and chicken broth to a bowl, or the slow cooker, and mix together.
  2. Add the pork chops to the slow cooker.
  3. Pour the gravy mixture over the pork chops.
  4. Cover with the slow cooker lid and set the cooker on low heat for eight hours.
  5. In 7-1/2 hours, mix the cornstarch and water. Add to the slow cooker. Replace cover and cook for half an hour more.
  6. Remove lid, and use a fork to pull apart pork chops. They should easily fall apart. Remove bones and dispose of them.
  7. Add pork to mashed potatoes or rice and cover with gravy.

Notes

If you can't find the onion dip mix, you can use dry onion soup mix, as well.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 216Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 71mgSodium: 388mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 21g

Nutrition is approximate.

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72 Comments

  1. Cheese Curd In Paradise says:

    I love a home cooked recipe like this one! We love our slow cooker, and I know my kiddos would love this recipe!

    1. Julie Pollitt says:

      It’s a fun recipe and easy. We love our slow cooker, too! Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. have you tried this with a pork loin?

    1. Julie Pollitt says:

      Hi Jenny, I haven’t tried it with a longer piece of loin, but it would come out just as tender and amazing. I’ve made a slow cooker pork shoulder recipe (that I will be posting in a month or so), and that was delicious, too!

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  8. Drooling! We have a long family recipe that we’ve done, but it’s in the oven and sometimes they dry out, love everything about this Julie! Congrats on the feature on Meal Plan Monday!

    1. Julie Pollitt says:

      HI Kathleen, thank you so much! Hope you have a great Saturday!

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  10. Miz Helen says:

    Congratulations, your awesome post was featured on Full Plate Thursday, 442! Thanks so much for sharing it with us and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen

    1. Julie Pollitt says:

      Hi Miz Helen! Thank you so much! I sure appreciate it. 🙂

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  12. I accidentally poured the whole can of chicken broth in. How much corn starch should I add to thicken the gravy up?

    1. Julie Pollitt says:

      Hi Jen! How many ounces was the can of chicken broth? Did you pour it in when you were preparing to put the meal in the Crock Pot?

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  14. I was wondering if I could use the same recipe, but use a pork roast instead of chops? My boyfriend isn’t a fan of pork chops. Thanks!

    1. Julie Pollitt says:

      Hi Kat, Yes, you can use pork roast. And I think you could cook it for the same amount of time. Pork roast will be tender and delish!

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  17. Made this tonight, didn’t have any cream of chicken soup so I substituted it with a cup of sour cream and a chicken bouillon cube. So yummy!

    1. Julie Pollitt says:

      Hi Jenna! That sounds great – I will have to try that next time!

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  19. Is there a pressure cooker time to use?

    1. Julie Pollitt says:

      Hi Harmony, I don’t have a time for a pressure cooker, but you should be able to check your manual for a time and that should work.

  20. Sasha Richards says:

    Is the crockpot on high or low?

    1. Julie Pollitt says:

      Hi Sasha,

      I always cook on low, because I think it comes out more tender.

  21. Do you have to use pork gravy? Can you use a packet of brown gravy?

    1. Julie Pollitt says:

      Hi Mary, you can use brown gravy instead if you’d like. It will still be just as delicious!

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  23. Any idea how long for boneless pork chops?

    1. Julie Pollitt says:

      Hi Tabatha,

      If they are think pork chops, you could probably cut off an hour or so. If they are still thick, I would cook them the sake amount of time.

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  26. Annemarie says:

    Could sauteed diced onion be used in place of onion dip mix?

    1. Julie Pollitt says:

      You could use that, but the onion dip mix does have some more spices in it, so you might want to add a few more spices for get some of that flavor.

    1. Julie Pollitt says:

      You’re welcome!

  27. I’ve made this several times and it is always delicious, but I don’t have a pork gravy packet today. Wondering if I can use a small jar of pork gravy instead and just omit the broth?

    1. Julie Pollitt says:

      Hi Sharon,

      Glad to hear it’s delicious! I bet that would work. Let us know how it turns out.

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  32. Sharon Alexander says:

    Can I use cream of mushroom soup and beef broth?

    1. Julie Pollitt says:

      Hi Sharon,

      Yes, you can use cream of mushroom soup and beef broth. I hope you love the meal!

    2. @Julie Pollitt, how was the pork with the beef broth ? I only have beef broth 😊

      1. Julie Pollitt says:

        The beef broth will work fine with the pork. Hope you love it!

  33. Is the cooker to be on low or high heat?

    1. Julie Pollitt says:

      Sorry about that. It’s supposed to be on low. Hope you love it!

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  35. Forgot to take my pork chops out the freezer to thaw, does this recipe work with frozen pork chops?

    1. Julie Pollitt says:

      Yes, you can still use frozen pork chops. But, you need to cook them 30 minutes to one hour longer.

  36. Judi Adams says:

    This sounds delicious and can’t wait to try this one but If I want to cook thick boneless chops in my slow cooker on high, how long do you think I should I cook them for? Thank you!

    1. Julie Pollitt says:

      Hi Judi, I would say about four to five hours. Hope you love it!

  37. Love this recipe, I’ve made it twice once for 5 people and ones for 14, Everybody loved it. I’m attempting it tonight with chicken thighs, I hope it works out just as good as the pork chops.

    1. Julie Pollitt says:

      Thanks so much! I bet it will taste great. Come back and let us know!

  38. I used a pork tenderloin because I didn’t have pork chops. I also added potatoes and carrots. This recipe was delicious! one of my husbands favorite meal. Making it again today.

    1. Julie Pollitt says:

      Hi Judy.

      That’s so great to hear. Pork tenderloin is always delicious and tender! Thanks for sharing!

    2. @Judy, great idea! I have a pork tenderloin in the refrigerator that I was trying to figure out how I wanted to cook it. Wanted to try something a little different and this sure sounds good

  39. Didn’t have a pork gravy packet so substituted 3/4 T. Beef bullion, 1/8 C. Flour & 1/8 t. Pepper. All other ingredients as recipe has written. Didn’t need to add cornstarch to thicken. Served over egg noodles. Very good. Will make again.

    1. Julie Pollitt says:

      Oh yum! Sounds delicious with those substiutions!

  40. Have been using this recipe for months! My husband isnt terribly fond of pork but Loves this recipe! When the family comes home for Sunday dinner it is definitely a hit!!

    1. Julie Pollitt says:

      That’s great to hear! So glad you all love it.

  41. My company loved it. They took the left overs home. I did double the soup and seasoning

    1. Julie Pollitt says:

      Oh good! Glad to hear it!

  42. Catherine says:

    I bought a can of cream of bacon soup by mistake (it was in the wrong rack). I didn’t know what to do with it so I tried it in this recipe and it was fantastic. Now I buy cream of bacon soup just for this recipe.

    1. Julie Pollitt says:

      Hi Catherine,

      I didn’t even realize there is a cream of bacon. YUM! Thanks for sharing and I am off to find some cream of bacon!

  43. I made this tonight, but I did not have the onion soup and I forgot to add the cornstarch and water at the end, but it is the best gravy with my 3 inch thick pork chops ever!!! I also made mashed potatoes, garlic and butter green beans and homemade rolls to finish off the dinner! It was so good!!!

    1. Julie Pollitt says:

      Sounds like a great meal! So glad you liked it!