Crockpot pork tenderloin is an easy freezer to crockpot meal for two! Just 5 ingredients, and your freezer is stocked with this dump and go slow cooker pork tenderloin.
Crockpot pork tenderloin
It’s a cozy winter over here with just me and my crockpot. I’m happy to be filling up the crockpot recipes for two section here on Dessert for Two, and I’m even happier that I did it all before baby was born.
It’s been so lovely to pull a meal out of the freezer, read the tag for defrosting instructions and have a plan for dinner. Because if there’s anything about babies, it’s that the day goes by so quickly. I feel like I barely finish drinking my morning tea and before I know it, it’s time to pick up my older kid from school and start planning for dinner.
My ‘meal in a bag’ freezer recipes to the rescue! This slow cooker pork tenderloin boasts a hefty glug of Balsamic vinegar, olive oil, crushed garlic cloves and fresh rosemary sprigs.
Crockpot recipes for two
The lovely thing about pork tenderloins is that they’re perfectly portioned for two people. Each pork tenderloin weighs about one pound. They usually come two in a pack, and I make a plan for the second pork tenderloin immediately. I make my slow cooker pulled pork tenderloin usually, because it’s another dump in a bag and go recipe, just like this one!
Into a freezer-safe bag, add the pork tenderloin and all of the other ingredients. Zip the bag closed, squish everything around, and then place it in the freezer. Yes, it’s really that easy to make crockpot recipes for two!
I use the smallest crockpot that is commonly found. It’s a 6-quart slow cooker model, and while I know smaller slow cookers exist, they’re hard to find and vary widely in size. Plus, it’s nice to know that you can make recipes for two in your regular crockpot.
Recipes for two are going to cook faster in a standard size crockpot, so I’ve adjusted my recipes accordingly for this. If you’re adapting one of your own, be mindful of this. Technically, slow cookers work best when they’re two-thirds full, but that’s too much food for two people.
Freezer to crockpot meals
The beauty of ‘meat in a bag’ freezer to crockpot meals is that the real marinating happens as it defrosts in the fridge. So, please be sure to follow the defrosting instructions before attempting to cook.
You can make this crockpot pork tenderloin a meal by adding roasted vegetables or mashed potatoes as a side dish. Most often, I choose Yukon gold potatoes for roasting, but if I have carrots or beets in the fridge that need to be used up, I’ll add those to the roasting tray, too. If I’m really struggling with a fussy baby, it’s microwave frozen vegetables, like peas or cauliflower, to the rescue as our side dish. Some days are easier than others with multiple babies in the house, you know this!
One final note: a pork tenderloin is not the same thing as a pork loin. A pork tenderloin is a much smaller, long and skinny cut of meat; a pork loin is a large, short and thick cut of meat that is meant to be cut into steak-like slices. Another fun thing to do with pork tenderloin is make my perfectly golden brown pork schnitzel recipe.
Be sure to check out all of my freezer meals for two and my crockpot recipes for two.