Slow Cooker Pork and Sweet Potatoes

crock pot pork and sweet potatoes plated
Diana Rattray
Ratings (7)
  • Total: 8 hrs 5 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 8 hrs
  • Yield: 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
322 Calories
7g Fat
30g Carbs
35g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 322
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 8%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Cholesterol 95mg 32%
Sodium 114mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Dietary Fiber 5g 16%
Protein 35g
Calcium 58mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Pork and sweet potatoes go together nicely, and this dish is a great example. Diced tomatoes are blended with a bit of cinnamon and brown sugar, making a tasty sauce that complements both of the main ingredients.

Because of condensation, the slow cooker produces a good deal of moisture over the long cooking time on the low setting. If cooking on the high setting, or if your slow cooker tends to cook quite hot, add about 1/2 cup of liquid, such as chicken stock or tomato juice.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds pork loin (or a thick pork tenderloin)
  • 1 small onion
  • 1/2 green bell pepper
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes
  • Optional: 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • Optional: a few sprigs of thyme or parsley
  • Optional: 1 tablespoon cornstarch

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    ingredients for crock pot pork and sweet potatoes
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  2. Prepare the vegetables. Peel the onion and chop. Slice the bell pepper lengthwise; remove the seeds and ribs and chop. Peel the sweet potatoes and cut into 1-inch pieces.

    sweet potatoes, onions, and bell pepper
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  3. Lightly oil the slow cooker or spray it with nonstick cooking spray. Pat the pork roast dry with paper towels; trim and discard excess fat. Place the pork in the slow cooker. Arrange the sweet potatoes, bell pepper, and onions around the pork.

    pork with sweet potatoes in the slow cooker
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  4. In a bowl, combine the tomatoes, brown sugar, cinnamon, and black pepper. Stir until well mixed.

    tomatoes and seasonings
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  5. Spoon the tomato mixture over the pork roast and vegetables. If the tomatoes aren't very juicy, add about 1/2 cup of chicken stock.

    crock pot pork and sweet potatoes with tomatoes
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  6. Cover the pot and set the slow cooker to 3 hours on high or 5 hours on low. If you want the pork to be falling apart, add an hour to the low setting or about 1/2 hour to 45 minutes to the high setting.

    crock pot setting
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  7. When the dish is ready, arrange the pork and sweet potatoes on a platter and keep warm. Drizzle juices over the pork and vegetables just before serving.

    For a thicker sauce, strain the juices into a saucepan and place it over medium heat. Combine 1 tablespoon of flour with 2 tablespoons of cold water; stir into the juices and cook the sauce for about 2 minutes, or until thickened. Drizzle the sauce over the pork and vegetables or serve it on the side.

    thicken the juices if desired
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  8. Enjoy your meal!

Tips

  • If using pork tenderloin in this dish, check for doneness after about 3 hours to avoid overcooking. Very lean meat will become tough if overcooked.

Recipe Variations

  • Creole-Style Pork and Sweet Potatoes: Replace the cinnamon and brown sugar with about 1 1/2 teaspoons of Cajun or Creole seasoning, or to taste.
  • Italian Pork and Sweet Potatoes: Replace the cinnamon and brown sugar with 1 teaspoon of garlic powder, 1 teaspoon of dried basil, and 1/4 teaspoon of dried oregano.
  • Chili-Seasoned Pork and Sweet Potatoes: Replace the cinnamon and brown sugar with 2 teaspoons of chili powder, 1/2 teaspoon of ground cumin, and salt, to taste. Garnish with some chopped cilantro, if desired.