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This Easy Ranch Pork Loin is such an easy family dinner idea with only a few ingredients and the crockpot does all the work! It’s a meal-in-one with seasoned pork loin, carrots, and potatoes smothered in a buttery ranch sauce.
Easy Pork Loin Recipe (Made in The Crockpot)
This easy pork loin recipe, with ranch seasoning mix and potatoes & carrots, is such an easy dinner idea for the family. It’s a homemade, comfort-food style dinner that is so simple to make and then you let the crockpot do all the work!
- Pork Loin – This is different from a pork tenderloin. Make sure you are getting the cut of pork labeled ‘pork loin’ at the grocery store. They are thicker and fatter than the pork tenderloin (which is a narrow and thinner cut of pork).
- Kosher Salt & Pepper – Simple seasonings for the outside of the pork.
- Olive Oil – Some fat to sear the pork in before cooking it in the crockpot.
- Baby Potatoes
- Carrots – Chop baby carrots in half or peel and chop carrots into 1-inch pieces.
- Ranch Seasoning Packet
- Butter – I use salted butter when making this recipe.
Step-by-Step Directions For How To Make Pork Loin with Ranch Seasoning, Potatoes, and Carrots
Learn how to make this simple ranch pork loin recipe in the crockpot with the easy to follow steps. Be sure and read to the bottom of the page where there is a detailed recipe card, printable option and a pin it button.
- Prepare The Pork Loin : Pat the pork loin dry, with paper, towel, on all sides. Season the pork with the kosher salt + black pepper.
- Sear The Pork : Add the olive oil to a sauté pan, over medium-high heat, and add the pork to the pan and sear all sides of it until golden brown. Transfer the seared pork to the insert of the crockpot.
- Crockpot : Add the potatoes and carrots around the pork inside the crockpot. Sprinkle the ranch seasoning mix all over the pork, potatoes, and carrots. Top the pork with the slices of butter.
- Cook : Cover with the lid and cook on LOW heat for 6-8 hours.
Pork Loin Recipe FAQ’s
What Is The Difference Between Pork Loin and Pork Tenderloin?
- Pork Loin is a wider & fatter cut of meat that comes from the back of the animal. It can be boneless or bone-in.
- A pork tenderloin is longer, narrow, and thinner boneless cut of pork that comes from the muscle that runs along the backbone of the animal.
- Although they sound similar in name, these cuts of meat are very different. They will also be labeled as ‘pork loin’ or ‘pork tenderloin’. The names are not interchangeable, although they are very similar.
Can I Substitute Pork Tenderloin for Pork Loin? How About Pork Chops?
- Although both pork loin and pork tenderloin are lean cuts of meat, I don’t recommend substituting them for each other in recipes, because of their different shape and size from each other.
- It’s best to use pork loin in this crockpot recipe because they will have a small fat cap on the back of the meat, which does really well with the longer cook time. This is another reason that it’s not good to substitute with pork tenderloin because the tenderloin has zero fat on it, which will dry out in the crock pot.
- But you can substitute thick-cut pork chops, if wanted, for the pork loin. You will need about 5-6 thick-cut pork chops if using them in this recipe.
How To Store Leftovers
- Store any leftovers inside an airtight container, in the fridge, for up to 4-5 days.
How Many Tablespoons of Ranch Seasoning Are In a Packet?
- If you are measuring the ranch seasoning mix from a larger bottle, then measure out 2 tablespoons, and use that in place of the packet called for in the recipe.
- 1 ranch seasoning packet = 2 tablespoons of ranch seasoning.
Here are a few of my helpful tips so that you can have success recreating this pork loin dinner recipe in your own kitchen ♥
- Don’t Skip The Sear : Searing the pork loin locks in all the flavor and keeps it juicy. It also provides a nice contrast with the crisp exterior to the soft & tender pork inside. If you are really short on time then yes this step can be skipped, but for the best taste and results take the time to sear the pork. Searing also helps the pork loin keep its shape while cooking in the crockpot for the longer cook time.
- Potatoes & Carrots : You don’t want these too small or too big. Use baby carrots OR peel carrots (about 1.5 pounds) into large 1-inch chunks. For the potatoes, I like to use baby potatoes because they’re ready to go and all you have to do is halve them. You can use regular potatoes that you have peeled and cut into large 1-inch chunks. The baby potatoes are a mix of golden yellow potatoes + red potatoes. If you are using regular potatoes I would recommend using either red potatoes, Yukon gold potatoes, or a mixture of both.
- Cook Time : This may seem long, especially for pork, but cooking the pork in the crockpot yields this ultra tender and fall-apart pork. It’s my favorite way to cook pork! If you just prefer it cooked to temperature then take it out once it reaches the appropriate temperature (145 degrees F). You may have to cut the potatoes and carrots into smaller pieces, if doing this, so that they will cook correctly in the shorter cook time.
More Pork Dinner Recipes You’ll Love
- Crockpot Cream of Mushroom Pork Chops – Cream of mushroom soup is the shortcut for this easy dinner recipe. We love these served over mashed potatoes.
- Instant Pot Country Style Ribs – So soft and tender!
- Sheet Pan Ranch Garlic Pork & Potatoes – Everything cooks on one pan in the oven.
- Sweet & Sour Pork – A 30 minute recipe in one pan.
- Creamy Garlic Pork Bites – Cubed seasoned pork chops pan-seared and then smothered in a creamy garlic sauce.
Easy Ranch Pork Loin Recipe
- 3 lb boneless pork loin
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 24 ounces baby potatoes (halved)
- 1½ pounds carrots (peeled, cut into 1-inch pieces)
- 1 packet ranch seasoning mix
- 4 tablespoons butter (sliced)
- Spray the insert of a crockpot with cooking spray.
- Pat the pork loin dry with some paper towels. Season all over the pork with salt and pepper.3 lb boneless pork loin, 1 teaspoon kosher salt, 1 teaspoon black pepper
- Add the olive oil to a sauté pan, over medium-high heat, add the seasoned pork loin to the hot pan and sear all sides until golden brown. Transfer the pork to the crockpot.2 tablespoons olive oil
- Add the potatoes and carrots to your crockpot around the pork loin.24 ounces baby potatoes, 1½ pounds carrots
- Sprinkle the ranch seasoning mix all over the pork and vegetables. Top the pork with the slices of butter.1 packet ranch seasoning mix, 4 tablespoons butter
- Cover with the lid and cook on LOW heat for 6-8 hours.
- Serve immediately. Remove the pork from the crockpot and slice it. Serve with some potatoes, carrots, and crockpot drippings if wanted.
- Don't Skip The Sear : Searing the pork loin locks in all the flavor and keeps it juicy. It also provides a nice contrast with the crisp exterior to the soft & tender pork inside. If you are really short on time then yes this step can be skipped, but for the best taste and results take the time to sear the pork. Searing also helps the pork loin keep its shape while cooking in the crockpot for the longer cook time.
- Cook Time : This may seem long, especially for pork, but cooking the pork in the crockpot yields this ultra tender and fall-apart pork. It's my favorite way to cook pork! If you just prefer it cooked to temperature then take it out once it reaches the appropriate temperature (145 degrees F). You may have to cut the potatoes and carrots into smaller pieces, if doing this, so that they will cook correctly in the shorter cook time.
- Pork Loin vs Pork Tenderloin : These sound similar but are very different and are not interchangeable in this recipe. Pork loin is wider and fatter and usually has more fat on it. While pork tenderloin is smaller, thinner, more narrow in size and has no visible fat on it. They're both learn cuts of meat but still very different. Make sure you are buying pork loin and that it's labeled as such.