Paleo Slow Cooker Pork Chops

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Creamy, full-flavor paleo slow cooker pork chops. Let the pork simmer in your slow cooker all day for a healthy, delicious, comforting meal served with a side of potatoes and veggies. One of the best pork chops recipes for an effortless healthy pork dinner!

Paleo Slow Cooker Pork Chops on a plate with potatoes and broccoli

Many years ago, my grandma made us some slow cooker pork chops that almost immediately became a family favorite. You know those recipes that are easy, delicious and no-fail? This is one of those. The pork chops were coated in a flour, salt, garlic and dry mustard mixture, then browned in oil in a skillet. Then they were transferred to a slow cooker and I’d pour two cans of cream of chicken soup on top. Set the slow cooker and we’d come home to a mouth-watering meal.

plate of Paleo Pork Chops made in a crock pot

It was our standard “company meal”. Do you have one of those? The meal that you fix whenever company comes over. We’d have mashed potatoes, rolls, green beans...and be completely stuffed to our ears when we were done with the dinner.

tender pork loin chops dinner

Are Pork Chops Healthy?

Depending on what part of the hog they’re cut from and how they’re prepared, pork chops can be very healthy. It’s usually the cooking method that makes them unhealthy.

When we started eating paleo for most of our meals, this was one recipe that I knew I needed to adapt and make paleo-friendly. I exchanged the white flour for coconut flour and added some tapioca starch as a binding agent, but otherwise browned the pork chops exactly the same way as I had before.

I like to make sure the oil is very hot in the pan before placing the pork chops in. This helps the breading stay on the pork chops.  Because coconut flour doesn’t bind together as well as all-purpose flour, you’ll want to handle these pork chops the least amount possible so the breading stays right where it should be. Brown the pork chops on the first side, flip them once to brown them on the other side, then carefully place them into the slow cooker.

homemade chicken gravy next to a plate of pork chops

How to Make Gravy for Paleo Slow Cooker Pork Chops

The creamy gravy is central to this paleo slow cooker pork chops recipe. Here’s how to make it:

  1. Take two cans of chilled full-fat coconut milk. Open them and remove the firm white cream from the cans. You’ll be left with coconut water on the bottom of the can. Pour the coconut water from each can over the pork chops. You’ll save the firm white cream, refrigerating it for later.
  2. Mix together a few more seasonings in a small bowl:
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper and
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Sprinkle this mixture over the pork chops.

About 30-45 minutes before you eat, you’ll take the coconut cream out of the fridge, mix it with 2 tablespoons of tapioca starch and add it in spoonfuls to the top of the pork chops.  Cover the slow cooker once again and in less than an hour that cream will have “melted” all over the tender pork chops, making a light gravy that is also delicious served over roasted potatoes.

fork grabbing a bite of paleo slow cooker pork chops

And there you have it.

Paleo Slow Cooker Pork Chops – One of our family’s best-loved comfort foods made grain free and gluten-free, with simple, healthy ingredients.

Want baked pork chops? Try our 30 minute pork chops.

fork tender pork chop on a plate with potatoes and broccoli
fork tender pork chop on a plate with potatoes and broccoli

Paleo Slow Cooker Pork Chops

5 from 2 votes
Creamy, full-flavor paleo slow cooker pork chops. Let the pork simmer in your slow cooker all day for a healthy, delicious, comforting meal.
Servings 9 servings
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 20 minutes

Ingredients
 

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 9 thick-sliced boneless pork chops
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 2 tablespoons tapioca starch
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground mustard
  • 2 cans full-fat coconut milk chilled
  • 2 tablespoons tapioca starch to be added to white cream at the end of cooking

Seasonings:

  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions
 

  • Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat.
  • In a bowl, combine the coconut flour, tapioca starch, salt, garlic powder and ground mustard. Mix well.
  • Coat each side of the pork chops in the flour mixture, then place in the hot oil and brown for about 3-4 minutes on each side, being careful not to handle the pork chops too much.
  • Once the pork chops are browned, place them in a slow cooker.
  • Open the chilled cans of coconut milk. Scoop out the firm white cream, place it in a bowl and refrigerate to use later. Pour the coconut water overtop the pork chops.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the seasonings (ground mustard, minced garlic, onion powder, black pepper and salt). Sprinkle the seasonings overtop the pork chops. Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours.
  • During the last 30-45 minutes of cooking, mix together the firm white coconut cream and 2 tablespoons of tapioca starch. Spoon this mixture on top of the pork chops. Cover the slow cooker once again and allow the cream to melt on top of the pork chops.
  • Serve with potatoes and vegetables.

Notes

I like to buy center cut half pork loins and slice them into 1-½ inch slices. This is cheaper than buying pre-cut pork chops.

Nutrition

Serving: 178g | Calories: 511kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 43g
Author Lizzy T
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Calories 511

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Kelsey M
7 years ago

I’ve been really into slow cooker recipes but haven’t seen anything for pork chops. This is great because I *just* bought some this past weekend at the greenmarkets and have been wondering how I wanted to cook them. Thanks for the recipe! Pinning it for later 🙂

-Kelsey

Becky
7 years ago

5 stars
These pork chops look and sound delish!! I need to learn more about Paleo…I am really confused by it.

Kristen @ A Mind Full Mom
7 years ago

Paleo or not, this is a great recipe for busy days!

heather @french press
7 years ago

we don;t eat Paleo, but I love anything with coconut milk/cream, and my family loves pork chips, so I can see this being a big hit in our house for sure

Karen @ Karen's Kitchen Stories
7 years ago

I’m not into paleo, but these look and sound wonderful. Pork chops can be so dry and these look moist and tender.

Joanie
7 years ago

Can I use almond flour in place of coconut flour in this recipe?

Darlene
7 years ago

What can I use in place of coconut? Can’t have coconut.

Kristine
7 years ago

I’m crunched for time…think I could follow this but cook them on high for four hours? Or would it make them too tough?

Cheryle
6 years ago

Does this taste strongly of coconut? Planning on making this tonight for guests, but not sure if they would enjoy an overwhelming coconut taste.

Christine
5 years ago

5 stars
OMG, sooooo delicious!!!! So tender. The texture is kinda like salmon. And the coconut sauce! I haven’t licked off my plate since I was a child!!

Shenetta
4 years ago

I am trying to figure out this whole paleo cooking style, I have looked at a few recipes and notice a lot have coconut milk. I don’t like coconut and one of my children can’t eat it because of an allergy is there a substitute that can be used without changing the recipe to much. I want to stay as true to the pale diet as possible.