Instant Pot Ranch Pork Chops - Dump and Go Dinner

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Instant Pot Ranch Pork Chops - Dump and Go Dinner

Marisa
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4 Servings
4 Ingredients
37 Comments
Presser cooked in a ranch seasoned cream of chicken sauce, these Instant Pot Ranch Pork Chops are simple yet full of flavor. With only 4 ingredients that you likely have in your pantry, you can throw this crowd pleasing dish together in no time!
4 Servings
4 Ingredients
37 Comments

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds Pork Chops, Boneless
  • 1 ounce Ranch Dressing Mix
  • 10 ½ ounces Cream of Chicken Soup
  • 1 ¼ cups Water

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Cooking Instructions

Freeze For Later Cooking Day Directions

Easy Assembly/Dump and Go

These directions help you cook or prepare this meal PRIOR to being frozen for serving later (see Serving Day Directions when you are ready to prepare it to eat).

Why would I want to freeze this?

  1. Divide the pork chops among the indicated number of freezer containers.
  2. In a bowl, combine the remaining ingredients. Mix well.
  3. Divide the sauce among the containers of pork.
  4. Label and freeze.

Make From Frozen Serving Day Directions

Prog. Pressure Cooker

These directions help you cook or reheat this meal AFTER it's been frozen for when you are ready to eat it.

  1. Prep from frozen
  2. **Depending on your container size/shape and your serving size, you may need to adjust cooking times given as it is based on 4 servings frozen in indicated container.**
  3. Place frozen contents into the inner pot.
  4. Lock the cover into place and seal the steam nozzle.
  5. Cook on high pressure for 15 minutes.
  6. Naturally release the pressure for 10 minutes then quick release any remaining.

Make It Now Cooking Directions

These directions are for cooking this recipe to serve immediately and NOT to freeze for later.

  1. **Due to the nature of pressure cooking there is always room for inconsistency. The times given here are based on 4 servings fresh. If you are using more servings you may need to increase your cooking time.**
  2. In the inner pot, combine all of the ingredients.
  3. Lock cover into place and seal the steam nozzle.
  4. Cook on high pressure for 15 minutes.
  5. Naturally release the pressure for 5 minutes then quick release any remaining.

37 Comments

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    1. Thanks for your feedback! We include a disclaimer on all of our IP recipes that states what the original serving size was when we made it fresh and that due to the inconsistency in pressure cooking the time might need to be adjusted.

  1. I had an EPIC FAIL. The first time I cooked this recipe from frozen everything eventually worked out okay, even though the chops were not cooked through and I had to reseal and cook some more. The second time was a *complete failure*! My IP never came to pressure. I tried and tried and tried–even changing out the gasket, adding more water, stirring, and everything I could think of–all to no avail!!! Ugh. We had to scrounge for dinner. ๐Ÿ™ When I was finally able to clean out the insert I discovered that a thick layer of the sauce had scorched to the bottom of the insert, and that is what had prevented the IP from coming to pressure. (I verified that my IP was not broken by performing the water test after cleaning the insert.) How can this scorching problem be avoided (I followed the recipe and the cooking from frozen instructions to the letter both times I made this recipe)? This ended up being such a huge waste of ingredients ๐Ÿ™

    1. Oh we are so sorry this recipe gave you so much trouble! It has enough liquid to come to pressure. However, there are a few things to consider: 1) Were your pork chops really thick? That can certainly make a difference. 2) Maybe try skipping the saute step and see if you still have the burning/scorching issue? They should still cook through. Again, we are so sorry you’ve had so much trouble! We hope you have a better experience if you try it again!

      1. Also, make sure you’re not mixing the water and the soup. That might be too thick and not leave enough free water needed for the pressure.

    1. Hi Heidi — I’m sorry the sauce was watery for you. One thing I do if I find my sauce is too watery after cooking in the IP is I remove everything except the sauce, turn on the saute function, and then add a little cornstarch/water and it thickens right up! ~OAMM

  2. I added an extra 15 minutes to the cook time because I made 2 thick cut bone in pork chops that were frozen rock solid. I also substituted beef broth for water and it was amazing.

    1. Awesome Faye, glad that using beef broth worked out for you. And great suggestion on adding more time because you had thicker pork chops. Happy Cooking! ~OAMM

  3. I added 10 minutes to the recipe, I also increased the NPR to 15 minutes. Since I didn’t have Cream of Chicken Soup I substituted Cr of Mushroom and also added a small pkg of brown gravy mix. This was so delicious! Thanks

  4. Can i add rice to this in the instant pot with the pork chops? The same amount of water and soup and ranch, plus a cup of water And a cup of rice?

  5. This was my first time cooking meat in my slow cooker. Will it even get as tender as cooking it in the slow-cooker (I have made ranch pork or chicken many times in the slow cooker)? Ours turned out pretty tough and I wasn’t sure whether I had over-cooked or under-cooked. Not wanting to risk over-cooking it further, we ate it anyway. The flavor and consistency of the sauce was great, though. Any suggestions would be appreciated!

    1. I am so sorry for your trouble and frustrations. Was your meat fresh or frozen?

      โ€‹A few troubleshooting recommendations:

      If frozen, prior to freezing, cut the meat into smaller portions: We add this in the instructions for Instant Pot recipes, but this can help the frozen meat cook more thoroughly and through to the middle. Another suggestion is to place the meal on a trivet: This will help the heat circulate around the meal rather than mainly at the bottom.

  6. I did my own little twist on your recipe, I hope you don’t mind my sharing! So, I did the sauce directions exactly as yours, and mixed it all together in a separate bowl (I actually used a glass measuring cup), but I used chicken breast (frozen) instead of the pork chops. I ran the chicken under cool water to get the ice off so it wouldn’t thin out my sauce, I then sprinkled additional ranch seasoning and Italian seasoning on them. Pour a little sauce in the bottom of the pot to keep from any sticking or separating, placed chicken in, then pour remaining sauce on top. My BIG twist was adding egg noodles right on top of chicken and sauce, do not stir, add chicken broth to JUST cover the noodles and set your insta to high pressure. I have the power pressure xxl, so my high pressure automatically set time to 30 minutes. Let it naturally release and you have an easy delicious go to weekly meal! SO GOOD! I have pics if you’re interested, but don’t have an option here to share them, so shoot me an email if you want them! Thanks so much for the recipe! I’ll be making this often!

    1. Thank you so much for sharing that adaption Ni’Col! That sounds absolutely delicious, so glad it turned out for you! Definitely going to try that next time : ) Happy Cooking!

    2. Can you please email me your recipe for the frozen chicken breast and egg noodles in the instant pot? I’m not certain if you are to mix the soup and water together and then pour it into the pot. I understand to not stir the egg noodles, chicken and sauce. Also, how much egg noodles did you use?

      Thanks in advance.

  7. I had the meals sent to me and prepped them for freezer. It would be nice to have the hints or a prompt to check online before attempting to fix them from frozen and then have to add cook time after the fact. When they are sent as a document these hints like โ€œadd 10 minutes โ€œ donโ€™t come through

    1. Hi Helen, Thanks so much for your feedback. Do you mind giving us more information on what you mean by you had the meals sent to you? Did someone send you ingredients for these meals? Our service works where we provide recipes, menus, and menu resources to build and create your menu. We don’t actually send meals. As a member, you would get all those resources telling you how to cook the meals from frozen. We do understand cooking in the Instant Pot is variable and can vary. You may check out this helpful article on troubleshooting with your Instant Pot. Thanks so much!

  8. I just bought my instapot and would like to try this recipe. Do I mix soup and water together or just put them in without mixing.

  9. I wonder why, with all the comments here now (that I only saw after the fact) would you not adjust the recipe or at least give more than a general disclaimer that more time is needed? I am new to instapot and frustrated to find out after that 10 more min is needed. SO now it has to come back to pressure and start over……should have just put them in the freezer to start with. I was considering trying more of these recipes but don’t have time during the week to have to cook things twice…

    1. Deedra, I’m so sorry for your frustration. While we do understand that some people have different results, all of our recipes have been tested by independent test cooks for accuracy. The instructions we publish are based on what our test cooks have confirmed. However, we do realize that there are lots of variables when cooking in the instant pot. For example, how thick the meat is, the size of the Instant Pot you are using, altitude, etc. This is why we give the disclaimer at the top of each page that due to the nature of pressure cooking, there is always room for inconsistency. If you would like more info on how to troubleshoot instant pot recipes, we suggest this blog post: https://onceamonthmeals.com/blog/series/instant-pot/instant-pot-tips-tricks-201/

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