While I was shopping at Jewel-Osco I noticed there was a pretty good sale on pork chops. I’ve never actually cooked pork chops but remembered seeing a crockpot recipe for them. And it’s really hard to mess up a crockpot recipe.
Turns out, this one was a big hit. If you’re looking for an easy meal, that’s Whole30 approved, I really recommend you try this one. Took me maybe 10 minutes to prep. And the best part is it only took 2 hours in the crockpot. Meaning you don’t have to plan ahead. Just throw it in the crockpot as soon as you get home from work and you’ll have a meal by the time everyone is finished with homework (or grading papers…)
Crockpot Salsa Pork Chops
Adapted from Kalyn’s Kitchen
5 small pork chops (that’s just how many were in the pack when I bought them)
2 tsp cumin
2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp sea salt
2 tsp ground black pepper
1 T olive oil for cooking
1 cup salsa (I used medium)
3 T lime juice
Mix the cumin, garlic powder, sea salt and black pepper in a bowl. Coat each pork chop one by one in the spice mixture. You want the whole thing covered. Then heat up the olive oil in the pan. And sear both sides of the meat. It took me about 5 minutes total to sear both sides.
Place the pork chops in your crockpot. Then cover them with the salsa and add the lime juice. If you want to pour a bit after each layer of pork chop you can. But I don’t think it’s necessary.
Cook on high for 2 hours. I checked the meat with my thermapen and it was well over 190 degrees (F). Cooked pork only needs to be at 165 so it might have been a little overdone. Also I thought I should mention that I purposefully used non-chunky salsa. But by the end, the whole thing was sort of liquidy. So you might want to try chunky salsa and see if it makes a difference.
So easy and flavorful. The best part of the meal was the crust on the meat made from the spices. A little on the hot side but that could have been because I used medium salsa instead of mild.Will definitely be making this one again.
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