Slow-Cooked Pork Stew

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Cook: 5 hours


8 servings

Updated: Jun. 30, 2023
Try this comforting pork stew recipe that's easy to put together, but tastes like you've been working hard in the kitchen all day. It's even better served over polenta, egg noodles or mashed potatoes. —Nancy Elliott, Houston, Texas
Slow-Cooked Pork Stew Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2 pork tenderloins (1 pound each), cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 large carrots, cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 2 celery ribs, coarsely chopped
  • 1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/3 cup pitted dried plums (prunes), chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 fresh rosemary sprig
  • 1 fresh thyme sprig
  • 1/3 cup Greek olives, optional
  • Chopped fresh parsley, optional
  • Hot cooked mashed potatoes, optional


  1. Sprinkle pork with salt and pepper; transfer to a 4-qt. slow cooker. Add carrots, celery and onion. In a small bowl, whisk broth and tomato paste; pour over vegetables. Add plums, garlic, bay leaves, rosemary, thyme and, if desired, olives. Cook, covered, on low until meat and vegetables are tender, 5-6 hours.
  2. Discard bay leaves, rosemary and thyme. If desired, sprinkle stew with parsley and serve with potatoes.

Pork Stew Tips

How do you tenderize pork?

You tenderize pork by lightly pounding the meat with a meat mallet evenly across the surface, being careful not to damage the meat. Marinating the pork in acidic ingredients like lemon juice or vinegar prior to cooking adds flavor and breaks down tough proteins. Learn more on tenderizing tough meats.

What is pork stew meat cut from?

Pork stew meat is cut from the pork shoulder.

What goes well with pork?

Depending on the preparation of the pork, there are tons of side dishes that complement pork! Pulled pork can be accompanied by baked beans and mac and cheese. Pork chops go great with roasted vegetables.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup (calculated without potatoes): 177 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 64mg cholesterol, 698mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 24g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1/2 starch.

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