Heidi's Tangy Pork Chops

This recipe is one of my favorite slow cooker recipes.  Many years ago when we lived in Charleston, South Carolina, a family invited us over for dinner.  Our friend, Heidi, made these tangy pork chops for us and I had to get the recipe from her so I could make them again for my family.  She called them Tangy Pork Chops and I added her name to the recipe.  Our family loves these because they are so tender and flavorful.  The sauce is like a sweet and sour sauce, but not quite as thick.

Season the pork chops with salt and pepper and place them in the slow cooker.

Chop the celery and slice the onions and peppers.  I use sweet onions (either Walla Walla or Vidalia) because I like their flavor better.  I had used part of the bottom of the onion for a different recipe, so the size of the onion slices were perfect.  As you can see from the picture below, the slices are about 1/2 inch thick.

We like to buy the tri colored mini peppers from the store.  My girls don't like green peppers because they are not as sweet.  Also, the red and yellow peppers give it a nice bit of color.

Add the veggies to the slow cooker and then use the canned tomatoes.  The recipe calls for stewed tomatoes and I love those, but our local stores have been out of them lately so I used diced tomatoes.  I think that I like the stewed better.

Mix the sauce ingredients in a small bowl until smooth, and add that to the slow cooker.

Set the slow cooker to cook on low for about 5 hours.  Make the thickener, add to the slow cooker, and cook on high heat for 30 minutes.  While that is cooking, make some steamed rice to complete your meal.

I'm the only one in my family who likes pineapple with this, so I serve it on the side.  If your family likes pineapple, I would say to add a small can of pineapple tidbits before you add the sauce.

8 pork chops  (if using thick pork chops, you will have to increase the time)                                                          
1/2 t salt
1/8 t pepper
med onion, sliced in strips
2 celery ribs, chopped
1 green pepper, sliced in strips                                          
1 can stewed tomatoes (14.5oz)

1 beef bouillion cube (or 1 T granuals)
2 T cider vinegar
2 T brown sugar
2 T Worchestershire sauce
1 t lemon juice
1/2 c ketchup

2 T cornstarch                                      
2 T water

  1. Place pork chops in slow cooker, sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Add onions, celery, green pepper and tomatoes.
  2. In a small bowl, combine sauce ingredients.  Pour sauce over veggies and chops.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 4 1/2 - 5 hours. (Increase time if pork chops are frozen)
  4. Mix thickener until smooth.  Stir into liquid in slow cooker.  If you don't stir well enough, it just goes to the bottom of the slow cooker and will form a lump and the sauce will not thicken.
  5. Cover and cook on High for 30 minutes.
  6. Serve with hot cooked rice and enjoy!
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  1. I haven't pulled my slow cooker out in a while - it looks like it's time to give it a try again! Thanks for the recipe!

    1. I don't use mine very often. What is your favorite slow cooker recipe?

  2. Wow - sounds and looks wonderful o- and simple enough even I can make!!!! (Ha ha - hardly every cook - BUT when I do - I mostly use the slow cooker) - You have beautiful pics too!

    1. Thank you for your nice comments Clare, I really appreciate them. I love the slow cooker because I don't have to time things perfectly to get everything done at one time. It's all in there together to start with. =)

  3. This sounds so delicious! I should get out my slow-cooker now that it's warmer and I don't like cooking as much.

    jessica / www.teamwiking.com

    1. I hate turning on the oven in the summer, so using the slow cooker helps us eat home cooked meals that aren't always a salad.

  4. I love my slow cooker! I don't make pork often, but this looks really good.

    1. I'd love to know what your favorite recipe is Jaime. I'm trying to add more slow cooker recipes to my list of monthly meals. =)

  5. Oh YUM! I love slow cooker recipes; they are so easy!

    xo Chelsie @ Life with Rosie

  6. Fantastic pork recipe! Thank you for sharing!!

  7. This looks delicious! I'm always looking for recipes for boneless pork chops since they are so budget friendly!

    1. They are definitely budget friendly. Thanks for stopping by Kayleigh!

    2. These are in the crock pot now. Can't wait to try them tonight!


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