Mouthwatering Slow Cooker Pork Tacos

Slow Cooker Pork Tacos with with Pickled Onions, Shredded Cheese, and Cilantro Lime Crema drizzled on top!  It's such an easy dinner since the pork cooks in the slow cooker to be perfectly seasoned and fall apart tender.  #tacos #easydinner #glutenfree #dinner #mexican #pork

GIMME ALL THE TACOS!  Gimme chicken tacos, beef tacos, fish tacos, bean tacos, cauliflower tacos, and of course these Slow Cooker Pork Tacos!  Then top them with with Pickled Onions, Shredded Cheese, and Cilantro Lime Crema drizzled all over! 

You get the salty and smoky flavor from the perfectly seasoned and slow cooked pork, a sweet and tart bite from the pickled onions, with creaminess from the cheese, and tang from the cilantro lime crema.  Holy cow, these Slow Cooker Pork Tacos are mouth wateringly fantastic!

Your Freezer can Save the Day! (Or at least Dinner)

Picture this…you pick the kids up after a long day of meetings.  You get them home, empty bags, start doing homework, and then it hits you.  Crap!  What can I make for dinner??  Sound familiar? Well, my friend, if you just lean on your fridge and pantry, I’m telling you, this Slow Cooker Pork Taco dinner could be yours last minute!  Make the pork in a large batch on a weekend, shred it, then freeze it portioned out.  Freeze the tortillas.  Freeze shredded cheese.  And the onions?  Well, they can’t freeze, but I say just always have a jar of these on hand.  Just thaw and warm everything up and put it together!  Check out more Freezer Hacks to Save Dinner here!

Pickled Onions for Slow Cooker Pork Tacos with with Pickled Onions, Shredded Cheese, and Cilantro Lime Crema drizzled on top!  It's such an easy dinner since the pork cooks in the slow cooker to be perfectly seasoned and fall apart tender. #tacos #easydinner #glutenfree #dinner #mexican #pork

The Secret Ingredient: PICKLED ONIONS!

Now, you can certainly eat these tacos without pickled onions, but seriously, why would you???   If you’ve had pickled onions on tacos, well, then you know what I’m talkin’ about.  If not, PLEASE, PLEASE try this recipe, it is amazing and delicious and addictive and…just wow.  They are so easy to make as well and the beautiful pink color is natural from the Red onions sitting in the vinegar and sugar.  Seriously, I cannot say enough about the YUM factor here.   

Hand holding a Slow Cooker Pork Taco with with Pickled Onions, Shredded Cheese, and Cilantro Lime Crema drizzled on top!  It's such an easy dinner since the pork cooks in the slow cooker to be perfectly seasoned and fall apart tender. #tacos #easydinner #glutenfree #dinner #mexican #pork

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PREP-AHEAD TO MAKE YOUR PORK TACOS COOKING KIT

You are busy, so these are the steps you can do a day or two in advance to prepare food ahead!  (See the recipe below for more details)

So much can be done ahead for this recipe, which is so fantastic for a busy Mom! You can make the pickled onions 3-4 days in advance. The pork can be made months in advance and frozen or 3-4 days in advance and stored in the fridge. The Cilantro Lime Crema can be made 1-2 days in advance.

Let’s Get Pickled

Ok, so let’s start with the Pickled Onions! For these, you simply thinly slice the onion and then separate the slices into a bowl that is large enough to cover the onion with the pickling liquid.

Red Onions being sliced for pickling for Slow Cooker Pork Tacos with with Pickled Onions, Shredded Cheese, and Cilantro Lime Crema drizzled on top!  It's such an easy dinner since the pork cooks in the slow cooker to be perfectly seasoned and fall apart tender. #tacos #easydinner #glutenfree #dinner #mexican #pork
Red Onions sliced before pickling for Slow Cooker Pork Tacos with with Pickled Onions, Shredded Cheese, and Cilantro Lime Crema drizzled on top!  It's such an easy dinner since the pork cooks in the slow cooker to be perfectly seasoned and fall apart tender. #tacos #easydinner #glutenfree #dinner #mexican #pork
Red Onions in bowl before pickling for Slow Cooker Pork Tacos with with Pickled Onions, Shredded Cheese, and Cilantro Lime Crema drizzled on top!  It's such an easy dinner since the pork cooks in the slow cooker to be perfectly seasoned and fall apart tender. #tacos #easydinner #glutenfree #dinner #mexican #pork

In a saucepan, bring white vinegar, sugar (or honey), and cumin powder to a boil. Then pour the hot mixture over the onions. Let sit until up to room temperature, then cover and place in refrigerator until ready to use.

Adding sugar to vinegar for pickling onions for Slow Cooker Pork Tacos with with Pickled Onions, Shredded Cheese, and Cilantro Lime Crema drizzled on top!  It's such an easy dinner since the pork cooks in the slow cooker to be perfectly seasoned and fall apart tender. #tacos #easydinner #glutenfree #dinner #mexican #pork
Red Onions in bowl before pickling for Slow Cooker Pork Tacos with with Pickled Onions, Shredded Cheese, and Cilantro Lime Crema drizzled on top!  It's such an easy dinner since the pork cooks in the slow cooker to be perfectly seasoned and fall apart tender. #tacos #easydinner #glutenfree #dinner #mexican #pork
Red Onions pickling in vinegar in bowl for Slow Cooker Pork Tacos with with Pickled Onions, Shredded Cheese, and Cilantro Lime Crema drizzled on top!  It's such an easy dinner since the pork cooks in the slow cooker to be perfectly seasoned and fall apart tender. #tacos #easydinner #glutenfree #dinner #mexican #pork
Red Onions pickling in vinegar in bowl for Slow Cooker Pork Tacos with with Pickled Onions, Shredded Cheese, and Cilantro Lime Crema drizzled on top!  It's such an easy dinner since the pork cooks in the slow cooker to be perfectly seasoned and fall apart tender. #tacos #easydinner #glutenfree #dinner #mexican #pork

I love to make a ton of these pickled onions and store them in jars. I use these pickled onions in salads, on sandwiches, in rice bowls, with grilled meats, and so much more.

Pickled Onions for Slow Cooker Pork Tacos with with Pickled Onions, Shredded Cheese, and Cilantro Lime Crema drizzled on top!  It's such an easy dinner since the pork cooks in the slow cooker to be perfectly seasoned and fall apart tender. #tacos #easydinner #glutenfree #dinner #mexican #pork

Crema so good you will eat it with a spoon!

Next, we have the creamy, tangy and fresh Cilantro Lime Crema, which is nothing short of delish and it’s really everything I can do from eating it straight with a spoon.  The key is the Lime zest, not just using the juice.  The zest gives a more intense lime flavor without the intense sour.

You can make the Crema a couple days in advance. Add sour cream to small bowl. Then add lime zest, lime juice, cilantro and salt. Mix to combine until smooth…YUM!

Sour cream, cilantro, and lime in bowl for Slow Cooker Pork Tacos with with Pickled Onions, Shredded Cheese, and Cilantro Lime Crema drizzled on top!  It's such an easy dinner since the pork cooks in the slow cooker to be perfectly seasoned and fall apart tender. #tacos #easydinner #glutenfree #dinner #mexican #pork

Cook the Pork and Put the Tacos Together!

Now for the pork! This recipe uses the slow cooker for a deep flavor and the most tender, fall-apart meat. Simply add everything to the pot, set for 8 hours and when it’s done, just pull the meat apart with a fork.

Last, once the pork is done, wrap 12 tortillas in aluminum foil & place in the oven for 10 minutes. Turn off oven & let stay in oven until ready to eat.

To serve, you can obviously add any toppings that your family loves, such as tomatoes, avocado, or different cheeses. Simply put bowls of everything out for the family to put together themselves or put the tacos together and plate them all for a stunning presentation!

Slow Cooker Pork Tacos with with Pickled Onions, Shredded Cheese, and Cilantro Lime Crema drizzled on top!  It's such an easy dinner since the pork cooks in the slow cooker to be perfectly seasoned and fall apart tender. #tacos #easydinner #glutenfree #dinner #mexican #pork

Enjoy!

Slow Cooker Pork Tacos with with Pickled Onions, Shredded Cheese, and Cilantro Lime Crema drizzled on top!  It's such an easy dinner since the pork cooks in the slow cooker to be perfectly seasoned and fall apart tender. #tacos #easydinner #glutenfree #dinner #mexican #pork
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Mouthwatering Slow Cooker Pork Tacos

These Slow Cooker Pork Tacos are mouthwateringly fantastic!  Top them with with Pickled Onions, Shredded Cheese, and Cilantro Lime Crema drizzled all over!  You get the salty and smoky flavor from the perfectly seasoned and slow cooked pork, a sweet and tart bite from the pickled onions, with creaminess from the cheese, and tang from the cilantro lime crema.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword carnitas, pickled onions, pork, tacos
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 15 minutes
Servings 12 Tacos
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

Pickled Onions

  • 1 Large red onion
  • 2 Cups White or Red wine vinegar
  • 6 Tbsp White sugar or honey
  • 1 tsp Cumin Powder

Pork Filling

  • 2 Lbs Pork Stew Meat
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, minced
  • 2 Cups Chicken Broth
  • 1 Tbsp Ground cumin
  • 1 Tbsp Chili powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Ground Black Pepper

Cilantro Lime Crema

  • 1 Cup Sour Cream
  • 2 Limes
  • 4 Tbsp Fresh Cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp Salt

Other Taco Ingredients

  • 12 6" Corn Tortillas
  • 6 oz Shredded Cheddar
  • 4 Fresh Scallions
  • 2 Tbsp Fresh Cilantro, chopped

Instructions

Pickled Onions (you can make these 1-4 nights in advance)

  1. Cut the red onion in half and then thinly slice and separate thin slices into a bowl that is large enough to cover the onion with the pickling liquid.
    Red Onions in bowl before pickling for Slow Cooker Pork Tacos with with Pickled Onions, Shredded Cheese, and Cilantro Lime Crema drizzled on top!  It's such an easy dinner since the pork cooks in the slow cooker to be perfectly seasoned and fall apart tender. #tacos #easydinner #glutenfree #dinner #mexican #pork
  2. In a saucepan, bring 2 cups white vinegar, 6 Tbls sugar (or honey), and cumin powder to a boil and then turn off the heat and stir to make sure the sugar is completely dissolved. 

    Adding cumin to vinegar for pickling onions for Slow Cooker Pork Tacos with with Pickled Onions, Shredded Cheese, and Cilantro Lime Crema drizzled on top!  It's such an easy dinner since the pork cooks in the slow cooker to be perfectly seasoned and fall apart tender. #tacos #easydinner #glutenfree #dinner #mexican #pork
  3. Pour the hot mixture over the onions and push onions down to make sure they are completely covered by the liquid. Let sit until up to room temperature, then place in refrigerator until ready to use.  

    Red Onions pickling in vinegar in bowl for Slow Cooker Pork Tacos with with Pickled Onions, Shredded Cheese, and Cilantro Lime Crema drizzled on top!  It's such an easy dinner since the pork cooks in the slow cooker to be perfectly seasoned and fall apart tender. #tacos #easydinner #glutenfree #dinner #mexican #pork
  4. Once the onions have cooled in the fridge and pickled for a few hours, I like to transfer them into storage jars for use in a variety of dishes, such as salads, sandwiches, with meats, etc.

    Pickled Onions for Slow Cooker Pork Tacos with with Pickled Onions, Shredded Cheese, and Cilantro Lime Crema drizzled on top!  It's such an easy dinner since the pork cooks in the slow cooker to be perfectly seasoned and fall apart tender. #tacos #easydinner #glutenfree #dinner #mexican #pork

Make Pork filling in Slow Cooker (make months ahead and freeze or up to 4 days before)

  1. Mince the garlic

  2. To the slow cooker pot, add the pork, garlic, chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper.  Fill with chicken broth starting with 1 cup and pouring enough to cover the pork.  Set slow cooker to 8 hours.

Tortillas

  1. Once pork is done, wrap 12 tortillas in aluminum foil & place in a 300 F degree oven for 10 minutes. Turn off oven & let stay in oven until ready to eat

Make Cilantro Lime Crema (make up to 3 days before)

  1. Add sour cream to small bowl
  2. Zest both limes and add the zest to the sour cream.  Then quarter the limes and add the juice from 3 quarters into sour cream & mix to combine until smooth. Taste and if needed add juice from 1/4 more of the lime at a time tasting as you add to make sure it doesn't get to acidic.

  3. Add 1 tsp chopped Cilantro and salt to taste to crema

    Sour cream, cilantro, and lime in bowl for Slow Cooker Pork Tacos with with Pickled Onions, Shredded Cheese, and Cilantro Lime Crema drizzled on top!  It's such an easy dinner since the pork cooks in the slow cooker to be perfectly seasoned and fall apart tender. #tacos #easydinner #glutenfree #dinner #mexican #pork

Put it all together!

  1. Chop some fresh cilantro for garnish.  TIP: you can also snip it off the stem with kitchen scissors!

  2. For the pork, you will want to make sure to drain out the liquid so the tacos are not soggy.  I like to store the shredded pork in the liquid as well as heat it up in the liquid, so I do not discard it, but rather drain it when serving.  

  3. Layer the tortillas with pork, then pickled onions, then cheese, then Cilantro lime crema, then fresh chopped Cilantro.  Enjoy!

    Slow Cooker Pork Tacos with with Pickled Onions, Shredded Cheese, and Cilantro Lime Crema drizzled on top!  It's such an easy dinner since the pork cooks in the slow cooker to be perfectly seasoned and fall apart tender. #tacos #easydinner #glutenfree #dinner #mexican #pork

Mom’s Smothered Pork Chop Casserole

Close up of Smothered Pork Chop Casserole piece being lifted up with spatula. This is a true midwestern comfort dish with layers of vegetables and meaty pork chops smothered in a creamy sauce and cheese.  The pork chops in this delicious casserole are left whole so that you get an entire portion dripping in goodness in one scoop.

Smothered Pork Chop Casserole is a hearty midwestern comfort dish.  It’s layered with vegetables and meaty pork chops smothered in a creamy sauce and cheese.  This is definitely a stick-to-your-ribs kind of dish, but it’s got plenty of carrots and kale that balance it out.  The pork chops are left whole so that you get an entire portion dripping in goodness.  This is really great for those (like my husband, Dave) that prefer to be able to cut their meat, vs. scoop it.

For a more traditional casserole, check these recipes:

Close up of Smothered Pork Chop cut in half on quinoa with carrots and kale. This casserole is a true midwestern comfort dish with layers of vegetables and meaty pork chops smothered in a creamy sauce and cheese.  The pork chops in this delicious casserole are left whole so that you get an entire portion dripping in goodness in one scoop.

Family Comfort Recipes Carry On

I recently received my Mom’s recipe box and books that had been passed down to her from my grandmothers and that she had collected over the years.  These are handwritten recipes, some so old that are turning yellow-ish-brown, and they nearly all have oil and food stains on them from lovingly being used so many times over the years.  My family is from the midwest so most of the recipes are wonderful comfort dishes that warm the soul.

One of my favorites is this amazing Apple Cinnamon Cake I grew up with that my Mom passed to me and my girls to make for Talking Meals last year.  There are so many recipes that I want to make for you now!

My Mom's original recipe card for Pork Chop Casserole. Smothered Pork Chop Casserole is a true midwestern comfort dish with layers of vegetables and meaty pork chops smothered in a creamy sauce and cheese.  The pork chops in this delicious casserole are left whole so that you get an entire portion dripping in goodness in one scoop.

But this Pork Chop Casserole really jumped out at me because it reminded me of my Mom’s love for comforting casseroles and because it’s a great idea to share for busy Moms looking for easy weeknight family meals.

THE INGREDIENTS

My Mom’s recipe called for “green veggies”.  I couldn’t remember exactly what she used but I assume it was probably green beans as that was a go-to veggie for her in our house.  I decided to use Kale which I just adore and felt it could hold up pretty well in this casserole.  The recipe also did not specify what type of cheese (c’mon Mom! 🙂 ) so I selected Gruyere which has a nutty delicious flavor to it and goes beautifully with the pork.  You can use Mozzarella instead.  The only other thing that I changed from my Mom’s recipe is swapping out the all purpose flour for cornstarch, which is used to thicken the sauce.  This swap helped me to keep this recipe Gluten Free.

So, let’s get cooking!

Close up of Smothered Pork Chop bite on a fork held over plate. This casserole is a true midwestern comfort dish with layers of vegetables and meaty pork chops smothered in a creamy sauce and cheese.  The pork chops in this delicious casserole are left whole so that you get an entire portion dripping in goodness in one scoop.

Quick note!  This post contains affiliate links, which means I earn a commission (at no extra cost to you) if you purchase from them.  This commission is what helps me keep this blog afloat :).  But, I also share these links because I have used the products, genuinely love them, and want you to know exactly what I used. 

PREP-AHEAD FOR YOUR PORK CHOP CASSEROLE COOKING ‘KIT’

You are busy, so these are the steps you can do a day or two in advance to prepare food ahead!  (See the recipe below for more details)

Many casseroles can be completely cooked ahead and then reheated.  However, I don’t recommend that for this Pork Chop Casserole as the pork can become overcooked and tough.  Instead, you can prepare all of the ingredients so on the night of, you simply put it all together and then cook it.  (I have notes in the recipe for preparing everything in the casserole dish and then cooking it on the night you are ready to.  However, this will increase the cooking time and the entire dish cooks better if you sear and then bake all on the same night).

In terms of the prep, you can slice the carrots, dice the Onion, and mince Garlic.

Rinse, pat dry, then roughly chop the Kale. You will need roughly 9-10 cups to cook down to enough for 4 servings. It will look like a TON, but trust me, it will cook down.

COOK YOUR PORK CHOP CASSEROLE:

For this casserole, you separately cook the kale, pork chops, and sauce in one large Skillet on the stove.  Transfer each as they finish to a 9×9 Casserole dish for the oven.

First you sauté the kale by filling the pan and letting it cook down, then adding more and repeating this until all of the kale is cooked down.  Then transfer it to the bottom layer of the casserole dish.

Sauteed Kale is added to the bottom layer of the casserole dish first. Smothered Pork Chop Casserole is a true midwestern comfort dish with layers of vegetables and meaty pork chops smothered in a creamy sauce and cheese.  The pork chops in this delicious casserole are left whole so that you get an entire portion dripping in goodness in one scoop.

Next you season and sear the pork chops on each side.  Then place them on top of the kale in the dish.

4 raw pork chops seasoned with salt and pepper on plastic wrap on cutting board. Smothered Pork Chop Casserole is a true midwestern comfort dish with layers of vegetables and meaty pork chops smothered in a creamy sauce and cheese.  The pork chops in this delicious casserole are left whole so that you get an entire portion dripping in goodness in one scoop.

4 raw pork chops in skillet. Smothered Pork Chop Casserole is a true midwestern comfort dish with layers of vegetables and meaty pork chops smothered in a creamy sauce and cheese.  The pork chops in this delicious casserole are left whole so that you get an entire portion dripping in goodness in one scoop.

4 Seared pork chops in skillet. Smothered Pork Chop Casserole is a true midwestern comfort dish with layers of vegetables and meaty pork chops smothered in a creamy sauce and cheese.  The pork chops in this delicious casserole are left whole so that you get an entire portion dripping in goodness in one scoop.

Finally, add the onions, garlic, and carrots to the hot skillet and stir while cooking.

Sauteed onions and adding garlic with garlic press to skillet. Smothered Pork Chop Casserole is a true midwestern comfort dish with layers of vegetables and meaty pork chops smothered in a creamy sauce and cheese.  The pork chops in this delicious casserole are left whole so that you get an entire portion dripping in goodness in one scoop.

Carrot slices added to onions in skillet. Smothered Pork Chop Casserole is a true midwestern comfort dish with layers of vegetables and meaty pork chops smothered in a creamy sauce and cheese.  The pork chops in this delicious casserole are left whole so that you get an entire portion dripping in goodness in one scoop.

Cooked carrots, onions, garlic in skillet. Smothered Pork Chop Casserole is a true midwestern comfort dish with layers of vegetables and meaty pork chops smothered in a creamy sauce and cheese.  The pork chops in this delicious casserole are left whole so that you get an entire portion dripping in goodness in one scoop.

Add the chicken broth and then the cornstarch slurry and stir until the sauce thickens.

Chicken Broth being poured over carrots and onions in skillet. Smothered Pork Chop Casserole is a true midwestern comfort dish with layers of vegetables and meaty pork chops smothered in a creamy sauce and cheese.  The pork chops in this delicious casserole are left whole so that you get an entire portion dripping in goodness in one scoop.

Cornstarch slurry being poured over broth with carrots and onions. Smothered Pork Chop Casserole is a true midwestern comfort dish with layers of vegetables and meaty pork chops smothered in a creamy sauce and cheese.  The pork chops in this delicious casserole are left whole so that you get an entire portion dripping in goodness in one scoop.

Whisking thickened sauce with carrots and onions in skillet. Smothered Pork Chop Casserole is a true midwestern comfort dish with layers of vegetables and meaty pork chops smothered in a creamy sauce and cheese.  The pork chops in this delicious casserole are left whole so that you get an entire portion dripping in goodness in one scoop.

Then pour the sauce all over the pork chops.  Top with shredded gruyere and bake in 350 F degree oven for 40 minutes until the pork is cooked through to 165F internal temperature.

Carrots and Sauce being poured from skillet to casserole dish over pork chops. Smothered Pork Chop Casserole is a true midwestern comfort dish with layers of vegetables and meaty pork chops smothered in a creamy sauce and cheese.  The pork chops in this delicious casserole are left whole so that you get an entire portion dripping in goodness in one scoop.

Carrots and sauce on top of pork chops in casserole dish. Smothered Pork Chop Casserole is a true midwestern comfort dish with layers of vegetables and meaty pork chops smothered in a creamy sauce and cheese.  The pork chops in this delicious casserole are left whole so that you get an entire portion dripping in goodness in one scoop.

Hand sprinkling shredded mozzarella cheese over carrots, sauce, and pork in casserole dish. Smothered Pork Chop Casserole is a true midwestern comfort dish with layers of vegetables and meaty pork chops smothered in a creamy sauce and cheese.  The pork chops in this delicious casserole are left whole so that you get an entire portion dripping in goodness in one scoop.

Casserole with melted and browned cheese on top. Smothered Pork Chop Casserole is a true midwestern comfort dish with layers of vegetables and meaty pork chops smothered in a creamy sauce and cheese.  The pork chops in this delicious casserole are left whole so that you get an entire portion dripping in goodness in one scoop.

spatula lifting pork chop and carrots with cheese pulling. Smothered Pork Chop Casserole is a true midwestern comfort dish with layers of vegetables and meaty pork chops smothered in a creamy sauce and cheese.  The pork chops in this delicious casserole are left whole so that you get an entire portion dripping in goodness in one scoop.

I like to serve this over Quinoa, but you can serve it over rice or potatoes too.

Pork Chop with cheese melted on top over carrots and kale on top of quinoa on plate on counter with casserole dish in background. Smothered Pork Chop Casserole is a true midwestern comfort dish with layers of vegetables and meaty pork chops smothered in a creamy sauce and cheese.  The pork chops in this delicious casserole are left whole so that you get an entire portion dripping in goodness in one scoop.

ENJOY!

😍 Carrie

Pork Chop Casserole

Smothered Pork Chop Casserole is a true midwestern comfort dish with layers of vegetables and meaty pork chops smothered in a creamy sauce and cheese.  The pork chops in this delicious casserole are left whole so that you get an entire portion dripping in goodness in one scoop.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword casserole, pork, pork chop
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 servings
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

Vegetables

  • 2 cups Carrots, sliced
  • 1 cup Onion, diced
  • 1 clove Garlic, Minced
  • 10 cups Kale, chopped

Cooking Pork Chops

  • 4 Pork Chops, boneless 1" thick
  • 1 Tbls Salt (enough to sprinkle on pork)
  • 1 Tbls Fresh Ground Pepper (enough to sprinkle on pork)
  • 4 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil (2 tsp for Kale, 2 tsp for pork)

Sauce and Casserole

  • 2 Tbls Corn Starch
  • 1/4 cup Milk (Skim, 1% or 2% are all fine)
  • 2 cups Chicken Broth
  • 8 oz Gruyere, finely shredded
  • Salt, to taste
  • Fresh Ground Pepper, to taste

Instructions

Prep Ahead - Vegetables

  1. Peel and slice Carrots into quarter size disks.  If the carrot diameter is larger, just cut slices in half.

  2. Dice Onion.  Mince Garlic.

  3. Rince, pat dry, then roughly chop the Kale.  You will need roughly 9-10 cups to cook down to enough for 4 servings.  It will look like a TON, but trust me, it will cook down.

Make your Casserole

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees.

  2. Preheat a medium-large skillet (large enough to fit 4 pork chops) on high.  Add 2 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil to the skillet to coat.  Then add the Kale in batches until it is all cooked down.  Turn the kale so that it all gets access to heat and starts to cook down.  Add a couple tablespoons of water to help it wilt if needed with each additional batch of kale, but just make sure that the liquid cooks off.

  3. Once all kale is cooked, transfer it from the skillet to a 9x9 casserole dish.  

    Sauteed Kale is added to the bottom layer of the casserole dish first. Smothered Pork Chop Casserole is a true midwestern comfort dish with layers of vegetables and meaty pork chops smothered in a creamy sauce and cheese.  The pork chops in this delicious casserole are left whole so that you get an entire portion dripping in goodness in one scoop.
  4. Season the pork chops with salt and pepper on both sides liberally.  Make the sure the skillet is back on high heat and add another 2 tsp of Extra Virgin Olive Oil to the skillet to coat and then add the pork chops to sear.  Leave cooking without moving for 4-5 minutes.  When they easily lift, flip the chops over to sear the other side for another 4 minutes.  

    4 Seared pork chops in skillet. Smothered Pork Chop Casserole is a true midwestern comfort dish with layers of vegetables and meaty pork chops smothered in a creamy sauce and cheese.  The pork chops in this delicious casserole are left whole so that you get an entire portion dripping in goodness in one scoop.
  5. Transfer the pork chops to the casserole dish laying them directly on top of the Kale in a single layer.

  6. To the same pan with the pork chop drippings, add the onion, the minced garlic, and the carrots.  Stir and cook for 5-8 minutes until the carrots are starting to soften and the onions are getting translucent.  

    Carrot slices added to onions in skillet. Smothered Pork Chop Casserole is a true midwestern comfort dish with layers of vegetables and meaty pork chops smothered in a creamy sauce and cheese.  The pork chops in this delicious casserole are left whole so that you get an entire portion dripping in goodness in one scoop.
  7. While the veggies are cooking, make the cornstarch slurry by adding 2 tbls of cornstarch to 1/4 cup cold milk in a small mixing bowl.  Stir to dissolve.

  8. Add 2 cups of chicken broth to the carrots, onions, and garlic while keeping the heat on high.  Stir to combine. 

    Chicken Broth being poured over carrots and onions in skillet. Smothered Pork Chop Casserole is a true midwestern comfort dish with layers of vegetables and meaty pork chops smothered in a creamy sauce and cheese.  The pork chops in this delicious casserole are left whole so that you get an entire portion dripping in goodness in one scoop.
  9. Add the cornstarch slurry to the broth and veggies and whisk it in as it comes up to a simmer and begins to thicken.  

    Cornstarch slurry being poured over broth with carrots and onions. Smothered Pork Chop Casserole is a true midwestern comfort dish with layers of vegetables and meaty pork chops smothered in a creamy sauce and cheese.  The pork chops in this delicious casserole are left whole so that you get an entire portion dripping in goodness in one scoop.
  10. Once thickened, pour the sauce and veggies over the pork chops in the casserole dish. Spread the carrots and sauce around evenly.
    Carrots and Sauce being poured from skillet to casserole dish over pork chops. Smothered Pork Chop Casserole is a true midwestern comfort dish with layers of vegetables and meaty pork chops smothered in a creamy sauce and cheese.  The pork chops in this delicious casserole are left whole so that you get an entire portion dripping in goodness in one scoop.
  11. Final step!  Sprink the top of all this goodness with CHEESE!  I prefer the finely shredded Gruyere as I think it is just delicious with Pork in this dish and it melts so nicely.  

    Hand sprinkling shredded mozzarella cheese over carrots, sauce, and pork in casserole dish. Smothered Pork Chop Casserole is a true midwestern comfort dish with layers of vegetables and meaty pork chops smothered in a creamy sauce and cheese.  The pork chops in this delicious casserole are left whole so that you get an entire portion dripping in goodness in one scoop.
  12. NOW, at this point, you can store the uncooked casserole in the fridge and cook when you are ready to eat it.  If you do this, you need to Bake it in a 350 degree F oven for about 5-10 minutes longer (total 35-40min) covered or until the pork reaches 165 internal temp.  Remove the cover for the last 10 minutes so that the cheese can brown on top.

    If you Bake the casserole immediately, then bake it in a 350 degree oven covered for 30 minutes.  Remove the cover for the last 10 minutes so that the cheese can brown on top.  You can even turn the broiler on for 2-3 minutes at the very end to really brown the top.

    Casserole with melted and browned cheese on top. Smothered Pork Chop Casserole is a true midwestern comfort dish with layers of vegetables and meaty pork chops smothered in a creamy sauce and cheese.  The pork chops in this delicious casserole are left whole so that you get an entire portion dripping in goodness in one scoop.
  13. Serve over rice, quinoa, or potatoes and enjoy!

    Pork Chop with cheese melted on top over carrots and kale on top of quinoa on plate on counter with casserole dish in background. Smothered Pork Chop Casserole is a true midwestern comfort dish with layers of vegetables and meaty pork chops smothered in a creamy sauce and cheese.  The pork chops in this delicious casserole are left whole so that you get an entire portion dripping in goodness in one scoop.

Recipe Notes

  1. I have said that there are 4 servings in this recipe, because there are 4 pork chops.  However, if you split these in half for kids, you can easily get 5-6 servings.
  2. If you cannot find Gruyere Cheese, you can substitute Mozzarella.