Cocoa Slow-Cooked Pork Chops With Baked Vegetables 9


UPC’s Cocoa Slow-Cooked Pork Chops With Baked Vegetables

The dark, rich flavor of the cocoa soaks in to the red meat leaving the flavor of the meal rich with cocoa. Combining the rich, deep earthy aromas of the Cocoa Slow-Cooked Pork Chops with the baked vegetables is a great way to brighten the meal, filling out the flavor profile of the dish and maximizing enjoyment!

I love cocoa, chocolate, and using cocoa nibs in all sorts of things from coffee to baked vegetables to steak. I’ve had some seriously good meals with my Cocoa Steak recipe, and it’s been was a hit when I first posted it. Somehow I missed the whole chocolate-covered bacon craze, who knows how, and didn’t make the Cocoa Steak with pork chops. I know, it’s a clear-cut case of gross negligence on my part, right? I hope you all can forgive me…

UPC’s Cocoa Slow-Cooked Pork Chops with Baked Vegetables; What you’ll need:

  • Cocoa Slow-Cooked Pork Chops:
  • 1 lb Pork Chops
  • 4 tablespoons Cocoa Nibs
  • 2 tablespoons Coconut Oil
  • Spices: Turmeric, Sea Salt
  • Optional Spices: Pepper, Nutmeg, Chile Powder, Paprika, Pepper Corn
  • Baked Vegetables:
  • Favorite fibrous veggies; I recommend:
    • Zucchini
    • Carrot
    • Parsnip
    • Sweet Potato (but not when it’s in the beef)
    • Mushrooms (white, crimini, any)
    • Plantains (sweet, green, or both)
  • 1 tablespoon Coconut Oil
  • Optional Spices: Sea Salt, Pepper, Turmeric

Serves: 2
Prep and cook time: 75 minutes


1. Pre-heat the oven to 350.

2. Oil a baking pan with the coconut oil, then distribute the veggies evenly in the baking pan and put them in the oven. Stir every 20 minutes.
Note: if you’re adding spices, do it now.

3. As soon as the vegetables are in the oven, put the pork chops in a pan on medium-low heat (about 3 out of 10).

4. Spread the cocoa nibs across the pork chops evenly before sprinkling on the turmeric, and add the coconut oil to the middle of the pork chops.
Note: I like cocoa nibs a lot; but this meal can be done effectively with about half as many.

5. Cover the Cocoa Slow-Cooked Pork Chops for cooking. Stir the veggies every 20 minutes.

6. Once it’s time for dinner: serve, and enjoy!


  • Have you ever had cocoa or chocolate with your meat?
  • Have you ever had cocoa or chocolate with your veggies?
  • Would you prefer cocoa nibs or cocoa powder?
  • Have you tried a meal like this with some pepper, paprika, or pepper corn? Would you?
  • Have you tried the Cocoa Steak recipe?
  • What kinds of hearty, rich out-of-the-ordinary meals do you look forward to?

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9 thoughts on “Cocoa Slow-Cooked Pork Chops With Baked Vegetables

  • GiGi Eats Celebrities

    SORRY TO ACHE your BREAKY HEART – ha, see what I did there?!?!?! – but I HATE PORK and WILL NOT TOUCH IT. I will touch WILD BOAR though! ha ha! Weird but true! And wild boar is one of my favorites! I also only really like GROUND MEAT as opposed to chops and steaks. Probably cause I LOVEEEEEE the extra FATTT!

    • urbanpaleochef Post author

      I LOOVE Wild Boar! The taste difference between Wild Boar and pork is astonishing!
      Fortunately for you, this recipe will be just as amazingly delicious if you apply it to a Wild Boar Steaks, Bison Steaks, or even either of them ground. And trust me: it’s freakin’ GOOD with ground meat!

  • Jenny Portem

    Interesting recipe. I’ve never had cocoa with my meat or veggies. There are no cocoa nibs in our local stores here though. Most paleo recipes I see have ingredients that are not locally accessible (I’m in one of the cities in the Philippines) 🙁 Still, can cocoa powder do for this recipe? Can I also use chicken instead of pork because I’m staying away from pork as much as possible nowadays. I agree with Gigi. I don’t like pork anymore, but wild boar would elicit an enthusiastic yummy yes. I think the equivalent of that here is what we call native pig, which is not exactly in the wild, but I think they taste the same haha

    • urbanpaleochef Post author

      Absolutely you can use cocoa powder! In fact, it would probably end up turning into a crust, which would just be seriously delicious!
      Yup, this would work with chicken too. If I were doing this on a chicken, and using cocoa powder, I would add paprika or a spicy pepper in with it. I think the hot and spicy chocolate crust on chicken would be amazing!

  • Michele

    I’m confused on the slow cooker part. How many can you cook at a time and how long in crockpot? If I need to cook 5-6 can they be on top of each other?

    • urbanpaleochef Post author

      Great questions Michele, and thanks for writing in! I did these on the stove-top (see step 3: pan on medium-low heat). I have done these with more of them in a slow-cooker, and it’s MUCH BETTER! Here’s how I would recommend doing this. You’ll get your hands dirty on this…
      1. Place the pork chop on a plate.
      2. Pepper the pork chop with the Cocoa Nibs.
      3. Place the next pork chop on top of the first.
      4. Pepper the chop with Cocoa Nibs.
      5. Repeat, making a stack of chops.
      6. Put a peppering of Cocoa Nibs in the bottom of the Slow Cooker.
      7. Carefully lift the stack, and lay it sideways in the Slow-Cooker.
      8. Pepper the top of the chops with the turmeric and sea salt, and spread some coconut oil over the top.

      For this recipe, I would recommend at least 2 hours in your slow-cooker on High, or 4-6 hours on Low.

      • Michele

        Thank you sooo much for responding! I am going to try that this week! They sound delicious! When you say sideways do you mean they would be standing on their sides in the pot?

        • urbanpaleochef Post author

          It’s my pleasure Michele – I know you’ll really enjoy these!
          Yup, you got it! Start by stacking them upward, like books on your desk. And then lay them sideways like books on a shelf. That way, you’ll have all of the chops laying there, side by side, and you’ll see each chop, and some of the space between them. You can drop additional spices or flavoring ingredients between them, and do other stuff.
          To keep them tight and upright you could put some sweet potatoes and maybe some carrots on both sides. That would add a lot of great flavor too!