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Pork Chops with Green Chiles and Onions

Scott Phillips

Servings: 4

A double dose of chile—canned and powder—adds pleasant heat to this quick skillet braise. The peppers’ light green hue may fade slightly as they simmer, but their spicy essence intensifies into a delicious sauce.


  • 1 tsp. ground cumin 
  • 1 tsp. pure ancho chile powder or chili powder
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 
  • 4 center-cut boneless pork chops, preferably about 1 inch thick (about 1-1/2 lb. total)
  • 3/4 cup lower-salt chicken broth; more as needed   
  • 1 4-oz. can chopped green chiles 
  • 3 Tbs. chopped jarred jalapeños (from about 12 slices)
  • 1 Tbs. cider vinegar  
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, thinly sliced

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 360
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 160
  • Fat (g): 18
  • Saturated Fat (g): 4
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 2
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 11
  • Cholesterol (mg): 115
  • Sodium (mg): 810
  • Carbohydrates (g): 10
  • Fiber (g): 2
  • Protein (g): 39


  • In a small bowl, combine the cumin, chile powder, 1-1/4 tsp. salt and 3/4 tsp. pepper. Sprinkle on both sides of the pork and set aside. In a blender or food processor, purée the chicken broth, green chiles (with their liquid), jalapeños, and vinegar until smooth.
  • Put the flour in a pie plate and dredge the pork chops, shaking to remove any excess. Heat a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat for 1 minute. Pour in 2 Tbs. of the oil and heat until shimmering hot, about 1 minute. Add the pork chops and cook, without moving, until they’re brown around the edges and release easily from the pan, 2 to 3 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium, flip, and cook the other side until browned, about 2 minutes more. Transfer to a large plate.
  • Over medium-high heat, add the remaining 1 Tbs. oil and the onion to the skillet. Sprinkle with 1/2 tsp. salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until wilted and golden, about 4 minutes. Add the green chile mixture and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook, stirring, until the mixture thickens slightly and the onions are completely tender, 2 to 3 minutes more; add a splash of chicken broth if the mixture seems dry. Season to taste with salt and pepper. 
  • Return the chops to the pan, nestling them into the onions. Cover and simmer gently until the pork is fairly firm to the touch with just a little give, 3 to 5 minutes. With a paring knife, make a nick in a thicker chop to make sure it’s only just a little pink. 
  • Serve the pork chops topped with the sauce. 

Add some color to the plate by serving the chops with Arroz Verde (Green Rice), which gets its hue and flavor from spinach and cilantro.


Choose all-natural pork for the best flavor and texture. Avoid so-called extra-juicy chops that have been treated with additives, which can give them a rubbery texture.


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Reviews (12 reviews)

  • Rich2_S | 08/10/2018

    I had to halve the recipe for just the two of us. Really didn't measure the spices for the pork, just eyeballed it. I like spicy fare to a degree, but decided not to use the jalapenos. Good decision. The ancho alone was enough heat. Now there's just one thing. This smacks of a Mexican or at least Southwestern dish. So no garlic??? Sorry - I just had to add a chopped clove and glad I did. And it is was de-lish!

    I made a strawberry radish cucumber avocado salad with a cilantro vinaigrette for the side which made for a light counterpoint.

  • Krispie | 01/07/2015

    This was delicious. If I make it again, I'm going to back off on the spice rub and jalepenos in the sauce just so my youngest two will eat more of it. That being said, everyone liked it - the youngest two just couldn't eat too much because it was too spicy for their tastes.

  • user-3273885 | 03/18/2014

    This was good and pretty easy to make. The pork chops were nice and tender. The only thing that I am not sure I liked was the addition of the vinegar. I almost think that with the addition of the jarred jalapeno's they already have a vinegar taste and the addition of the cider vinegar might have been too much.

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