Slow Cooker Recipe - Spicy Pork with Peppers and Tomatoes

Melt in your mouth pork chops cooked in a lovely rich and spicy tomatoey sauce.  Of course you can make it as spicy or not as spicy as you fancy.  Yes this is another of my make it up as I go along recipes but you can rest assured I only post ones that pass the yum test!

Spicy Pork with Peppers and Tomatoes

Pork cooked in a slow cooker falls apart and is so lovely and tender.  Just throw all the ingredients in your slow cooker and leave on low for 7 or 8 hours - perfect.  All that's needed is either freshly baked crusty bread for dipping and mopping or some nice rice. 
If you don't have a slow cooker you must be getting one right now!  A truly marvelous invention that everyone should have.  Although you can buy them as cheap as chips these days, I'd go one for that has both high and low cooking settings and then auto turns to hold when the cooking time has finished.

Top Tip!
When using a slow cooker it is best if you can brown the meat to seal it and lightly brown onions, but it's not vital if you don't have time.
Also don't add any salt until the end of cooking as you'll probably find you won't need it.

This recipe can easily be doubled and frozen if you wish.

To serve 4 you will need:
4 nice thick pork loin steaks - trimmed of any fat
a glug or 2 of olive oil
2 large onions - peeled and sliced
1 or 2 yellow bell peppers - deseeded and sliced
1 or 2 green bell peppers - deseeded and sliced
2 fat cloves of garlic - peeled and finely chopped
1 medium heat red chilli - deseeded and finely chopped
1 x 400g can of cherry tomatoes (only because they are nice and sweet - I used Tesco Finest)
1 Knorr chicken stock pot - dissolved in 500ml of boiling water
a good pinch of black pepper 
a good pinch of dried oregano
a good pinch of dried thyme
chipotle paste - to taste, go careful it is hot but it adds a nice smoky taste (I used Discovery brand - Waitrose sell it if you can't get any just add smoked paprika)
Mcdougalls instant thickening granules

How to do it:
Heat up a couple of glugs of oil in a large frying pan then throw in the onions and peppers - let the onions just begin to colour but don't let them burn. Add the garlic and chilli then stir just for a minute more.

Tip the lot into the slow cooker. Using the same pan heat another glug of oil and lightly brown the pork to seal it and then tip that into the slow cooker too.   
If you really don't have time, skip that bit and just put the onions, peppers, garlic, chilli and pork in the slow cooker and be done with it!

Now add the rest of the ingredients, tomatoes including the juice, stock and herbs along with the chipotle paste or smoked paprika if using.  Just remember you can add more but you can't take it away so just go careful and start with a teaspoon and see from there a bit later on when you can have a taste check. 

Pop the lid on, switch on and cook on low for 7-8 hours.  You might want to thicken the sauce a little with a couple of spoons of thickening granules - I say they are amazing.
Serve with crusty bread or some nice rice.

Spicy Pork with Peppers and Tomatoes

 

 

1 comment

Thanks for taking the time to comment - much appreciated.
Cheers
Jan




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