Slow Cooker Pork Stew

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
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5 from 7 reviews

Slow Cooker Pork Stew has tender chunks of meat and complementing vegetables in a flavorful broth! And it is so easy to prepare using the crockpot!

We love our crockpot recipes because they are all so flavorful. The long hours that it takes to cook dishes like Lasagna Soup, Swiss Steak, and Butter Chicken are worth it!

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Crockpot Pork Stew

Slow Cooker Pork Stew is my go-to recipe when I have extra time on my hands. It takes a few hours to cook but the outcome is so rich and tasty and that is what I am after.

The slow cooking extracts as much flavor as it can to make the dish tasty. And the meat becomes so tender and moist in the end.

Instead of plain water, I like using the combination of wine and chicken stock for the broth. The combination complements the pork flavors perfectly. And adding the chopped tomatoes elevates the richness even more!

You get to have vegetables in this dish, too. So, it makes it a complete meal already in itself. Or, pair it with just about anything.

Overall, this is an enjoyable and hearty dish for the whole family!

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What is stewing pork?

It is the meat from the pig, usually coming from the shoulder area, that is cut into small chunks or cubes. It has a good amount of collagen that will keep the meat moist and tender despite the slow cooking process of stewing.

Stewing is when you cook these smaller chunks submerged in liquid as opposed to braising where the meat is not completely submerged. This is great for tough cuts of meat that are inexpensive and not too lean to dry out easily.

What pork cut is best to use for stew?

The best to use is the pork shoulder. This type of cut tenderizes well with the long hours of cooking.

But you can use other types, too, if you like. Use chops, loin, tenderloin, spareribs, or leg if those are what you have available.

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How to Make Slow Cooker Pork Stew

  • Season: In a bowl, toss the meat cubes with flour, salt, black pepper, and paprika to season.
  • Brown: In a skillet, heat some oil and sear the cubes until brown on all sides. You may have to do this in batches, careful not to overcrowd the pan each time.
  • Sauté: In the same pan, sauté the aromatics.
  • Deglaze: Add in the wine and stir to remove the bits and pieces stuck at the bottom of the pan. Transfer everything into the crockpot.
  • Cook: Put the meat and the rest of the ingredients in the crockpot. Set as instructed in the recipe card below. Typically, you can prepare this for 7 or 8 hours on LOW.
  • Serve: Taste and adjust with salt and pepper, if needed. Then, garnish with parsley and serve hot.

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Recipe Variation

You can also try my other stew recipes for chicken, beef, and lamb! These recipes use different kinds of wine.

The chicken one uses white wine, too. Meanwhile, the lamb and beef recipes use red wine. You can also use beer for beef as in the recipe for Guinness beef stew.

Can I add beans to Slow Cooker Pork Stew?

Yes, you can! Add pinto, kidney, black, or any kind of beans for more fiber and carbs in the mix. They also make the dish heartier.

How to store it:

  • Refrigerate: Transfer it in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 or 4 days.
  • Freeze: To extend the shelf life, transfer it into freezer bags and freeze for up to 4 months. Just thaw overnight and reheat on the stovetop.

Photo of pork stew in a bowl.

Recipe Tips:

  • This dish goes well with rice, cornbread, mashed potatoes, or French baguette. You can also serve salads like Caesar salad or Creamy Tomato Salad.
  • If you want to make it thicker, you can mash some of the potatoes. The starch will thicken the broth.
  • Or, use a slurry of water and cornstarch or flour to add towards the end. However, it may separate if you plan to freeze it afterward.
  • Do not open the lid frequently to keep the heat in and not extend the cooking time.
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5 from 7 reviews
Slow Cooker Pork Stew
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 6 servings
Prep time: 30 minutes Cook time: 8 minutes Total time: 8 hrs 30 mins

Ingredients

Pork Stew:

  • 2-3 pounds  pork stewing meat  (trimmed and cut into 2-3 inch cubes)
  • 1 teaspoon  salt 
  • 1/4 teaspoon  freshly ground pepper 
  • 1/4 cup  all-purpose flour 
  • 4 tablespoons  vegetable oil 
  • 2 tablespoons  butter  (unsalted)
  • 1  yellow onion  (peeled and chopped))
  • 5 cloves  garlic  (minced)
  • 2 tablespoons  tomato paste 
  • 5 cups  beef broth  (low-sodium, more if needed)
  • 4  medium carrots  (peeled and cut into 1/4-inch chunks)
  • 1 cup  celery  (diced)
  • 1 pound  mini red potatoes  (peeled and cut into halves)
  • 1 cup  frozen peas 
  • 3  bay leaves 

Cornstarch Mix:

  • 3 tablespoons  cornstarch 
  • 4 tablespoons  water 

Garnish:

  •  Chopped fresh parsley 

Instructions

  1. Place pork chunks into a large bowl, sprinkle with flour, salt, and black pepper. Use kitchen tongs to toss and coat evenly.
  2. Place a non-stick skillet, over medium-high heat and add 2 tablespoons of oil. Once the oil is hot, add the meat into one layer, work in batches if needed. Brown, on all sides, for about 5 minutes per batch. Once done cooking, transfer it to the slow cooker.
  3. Reduce the heat to medium and add the butter, once melted add onion and garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes. Add 1 cup of broth to deglaze the skillet, using a wooden spoon scrape the bits that stuck to it. Transfer the mixture to the slow cooker on top of the meat and add tomato paste.
  4. Add carrots, celery, potatoes, and frozen peas.
  5. Pour the remaining beef broth on top.
  6. Add bay leaves and season with salt and pepper.
  7. Cover and cook on LOW for 7-8 hours.
  8. Taste and adjust for salt and pepper.
  9. If you prefer the stew to be thicker, either mash some of the potatoes or add the cornstarch mix.
  10. Mix cornstarch and water in a small bowl until fully combined. Add the mixture to the pot during the last 30 minutes of cooking.
  11. Garnish with chopped parsley and serve.
Calories: 669 Carbohydrates: 30 Protein: 32 Fat: 47 Saturated Fat: 21 Cholesterol: 109 Sodium: 1361 Potassium: 1212 Fiber: 5 Sugar: 6 Vitamin A: 7323 Vitamin C: 23 Calcium: 80 Iron: 3
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melissa chapman

That looks like a hearty stew that any family would love. I generally don't use my crockpot but I know this is one recipe that will be used by everyone.

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Jen

Ooh, definitely trying this. My husband would love it. He loves anything “meaty.”

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Sarah Bailey

Ohh now this sounds like it would be absolutely delicious - I really need to think about getting a slow cooker as I think it would work well for us.

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Amber Myers

I love when I can use my slow cooker! I am excited to try this out for sure. Yum!

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Tasheena

The temps have been up and down in my state. This recipe is going to be perfect for those cool spring nights.

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Pam Wattenbarger

This looks like the perfect comfort dish. I love stew in the winter, but it's good any time of year!

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Michelle | Bliss from Balance

I haven't tried pork in the slow cooker yet but it's definitely on my list to try, will save this for a cold or rainy day.

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Terri Steffes

All those layers of flavors are looking so good. I would love to have some of this warm and comforting stew right now!

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Liz

I don't have a slow cooker, but this recipe makes me want to get one! Looks so delicious in the pics.

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Beth

Stew is one of my favorite foods, it is the ultimate comfort food in my opinion.

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Chef Dennis

This Slow Cooker Pork Stew is making my tummy growl! Looks really delicious and this can totally satisfy my craving. Thanks for sharing.

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Bruce DeMustchine

I don’t care what time of year it is, some comfort pots such as this one are necessary even during a hot summer. Your imagery is so tempting to my eyes that I’ve printed this and will be get back to you on the outcome but it’s sure to delight!

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heather

This pork stew is delicious! Our whole family really enjoyed it and it was great for leftovers.

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Marysa

This looks like a wonderfully hearty stew. I haven't made a soup with pork in it and it would be nice to make a big batch.

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sara lafountain

We tried this for dinner tonight and it was SO good!I love recipes that are in the crockpot and are very easy!

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Rosemary

What a delightful looking hearty stew. This is perfect for chilly night and the best part is how easy it is to make it. Great tip by the way, to add wine to chicken broth. I'm going to have to try that on my next recipe using broth. So tasty. Gotta love the crockpot!

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