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Slow-Cooked Pork Stew

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
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 5 hours
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 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


  • 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 5-6 hours or until meat and vegetables are tender.
  • 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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  • Maria
    Apr 4, 2020

    This was so easy and so delicious. Thankyou

  • Urbanehermit
    Feb 11, 2020

    Excellent recipe although I replace the tenderloins with pork shoulder cubes, delete the prunes and replace 1/3 of the broth with red wine with a bit of worcestershire or wine vinegar.

  • Gina
    Feb 11, 2020

    No comment left

  • Star
    Nov 15, 2017

    Great recipe and very delicious!

  • Michael
    Oct 9, 2017

    I made this recipe today. I made a couple of changes but except for changing the beef broth to half beef broth and half red wine along with using pork shoulder rather than tenderloin. What a terrific stew. I will make this again.

  • Remenec
    Oct 20, 2016

    This was a very creative, delicious recipe. This was my first time making a pork stew, and I absolutely loved this original idea. Very good flavors and seasonings in this recipe.