Spicy Pork Chops, Red Peppers and Tomatoes, Slow Cooker; it’s cold out there

We had this over pasta.

Had I been ambitious, I would have shredded the pork and added it to the sauce.

I wasn’t.

Mon mari added sambal oelek to his.

I didn’t do that either…..

Apparently I’m easy to please.

I stirred this after about 4 hours, but if you just give it a stir 30 minutes before serving it will be fine.

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Spicy Pork Chops, Red Peppers, & Tomatoes, Slow Cooker

If you are ambitious, shred the pork, add it to the sauce, and serve over pasta.

  • Author: Katie Zeller
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 hours
  • Total Time: 6 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Pork
  • Method: Slow Cooker


  • 14oz (400gr) pork chops, boneless, cut in half
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 rib celery, chopped
  • 1/2 red pepper, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbs Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbs ketchup
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 1 1/2 tsp chili powder, divided
  • 1/4 tsp celery salt
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1 tbs tapioca
  • 1 cup (8oz, 240gr) peeled, chopped tomatoes


  • Combine onions, celery, garlic, pepper, oregano, mustard, 1 tsp chili powder, ketchup, tapioca, and tomatoes in the slow cooker.
  • Top with the pork.
  • Sprinkle pork with Worcestershire sauce, then 1/2 tsp chili powder and salt..
  • Cover and cook on low for 6 hours, turning pork once..
  • Spoon onto a platter and serve.


My small slow cooker, which I use for this, gets quite hot so there is no problem with lifting the cover and stirring half way through.

Keywords: slow cooker, pork chops

Spicy Pork, Peppers, Tomatoes

It’s been cold here…. for us.

We are no longer acclimated to handle 40 F let alone -40 F.

We did, though, at one time handle -40 F and likely just shrugged it off.

We lived in the upper Midwest so we experienced serious cold.

We were careful – not going out needlessly, and when we did making certain there was extra, cold weather gear in the car,

When I first was living on my own, with my first car, my father made sure I had a ‘winter box’ for the back seat of my car.

In the box were candy bars, extra gloves, mittens, scarves, stocking hats, a blanket and jumper cables.

I never used any of the stuff myself but I loaned all of it, including the jumper cables, on more than one occasion, to people who were not as prepared.

There were a few late nights in parking lots of bars where I was very popular….. Especially the stocking hats and jumper cables.

The other thing I remember about severe cold was the traditional greeting: Is it cold enough for ya?

I can still here my father saying that to the neighbors.

And the response, of course, was: Not yet, but it’s going to get down there tonight.

I almost forgot…. There was also leaving all the faucets in the house set to drip just right all night long. One wanted to keep the pipes from freezing but one didn’t want to waste too much water.

Ahhhh the good old days….

I don’t miss it.

Stay warm and stay safe Midwesterners.

4 thoughts on “Spicy Pork Chops, Red Peppers and Tomatoes, Slow Cooker; it’s cold out there”

  1. It was -13 this morning when we got up with a wind chill of -27. The fire is burning on the hearth, we had to dial down the gas heat due to a substation explosion that supplied most of SE Michigan, but between the fire, the blankets and the dog, we’re pretty toasty. 🙂

    • I don’t think these old stone houses could stand up to that kind of cold. The walls are thick – 2 feet, but there is no insulation. Maybe that’s why there are big fireplaces in every room to huddle in front of. Dogs are great warmers!

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