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Cuban Pork Chops

Cuban Pork Chops

These Cuban pork chops or chuletas de cerdo in Spanish, make an easy, affordable and quick dinner. In this recipe, thin-cut pork chops are seasoned with garlic powder, cumin, oregano and salt and pepper. Then we squeeze some fresh lime juice over them and let them marinate for great flavor. Serve the pork chops with white rice and black beans or mashed potatoes for a filling and delicious meal. For more easy and delicious pork recipes try these mushroom smothered pork chops or these fried pork chunks. Enjoy!

 

Ingredients

2 tablespoons Canola Oil

1½ – 2 lbs. Pork Chops (about 4 medium, thin pork chops)

1 teaspoon Salt

1 teaspoon Garlic Powder

¼ teaspoon Cumin

¼ teaspoon Oregano

¼ teaspoon Black Pepper, or to taste

1 Lime, cut in half, plus more for serving if desired

¼ cup Water

 

Prep Work

Combine the salt, garlic powder, cumin, oregano and black pepper in a small bowl. Stir to combine.

 

Place the pork chops on a pan or large plate so they fit without overlapping. Sprinkle one side with half of the prepared seasoning mix and squeeze half the lime juice over the chops. Turn them and repeat on the other side.

 

Cover the pan or plate with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Remove the pork chops from the refrigerator at least 15 minutes before cooking to let some of the chill out.

 

Instructions

Heat the canola oil in a large heavy skillet (with a lid) over medium-high heat. Add the pork chops and cook about 2 minutes per side. Add ¼ cup of water to the skillet, lower the heat to medium-low and cover. Cook the chops for 15 minutes, turning them half way through the cooking time. Uncover the skillet and continue cooking until the liquid reduces and the chops are golden in spots – about 5-7 minutes. Turn the chops so they brown on both sides.

 

Serve the pork chops with lime wedges, if desired. Here are some side dish ideas for these delicious pork chops: white rice and black beans (see my hack below), fried plantains or a bed of fluffy mashed potatoes.

A thin cut, bone in pork chop served with white rice, black beans and fried sweet plantains on a white plate

 

Serves 4

 

Make a plain can of black beans taste like Cuban-style black beans

It’s really easy!

Add 1 (15 oz.) can of black beans to a small saucepan.

Stir in 1 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil

½ tablespoon Red Wine Vinegar

¼ teaspoon Garlic Powder

Dash of Cumin (don’t overdo it, just a little sprinkle will go a long way)

Pinch of Dried Oregano

 

Stir the beans well, cover and set the saucepan over medium-low heat. Let the beans slowly warm up and come to a simmer Stir them occasionally so the bottom doesn’t burn. Simmer the beans for at least 10 minutes; make sure you stir to prevent sticking. Lower the heat to low until ready to serve. Enjoy!

 

Cuban Pork Chops
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Marinate the chops
45 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 
These Cuban pork chops or chuletas de cerdo in Spanish, make an easy, affordable and quick dinner.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Cuban
Keyword: pork chops
Servings: 4
Calories: 422 kcal
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons Canola Oil
  • 1½ - 2 lbs. Pork Chops about 4 medium, thin pork chops
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • ¼ teaspoon Cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon Oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon Black Pepper or to taste
  • 1 Lime cut in half, plus more for serving if desired
  • ¼ cup Water
Instructions
Prep Work
  1. Combine the salt, garlic powder, cumin, oregano and black pepper in a small bowl. Stir to combine.
  2. Place the pork chops on a pan or large plate so they fit without overlapping. Sprinkle one side with half of the prepared seasoning mix and squeeze half the lime juice over the chops. Turn them and repeat on the other side.
  3. Cover the pan or plate with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Remove the pork chops from the refrigerator at least 15 minutes before cooking to let some of the chill out.
Instructions
  1. Heat the canola oil in a large heavy skillet (with a lid) over medium-high heat. Add the pork chops and cook about 2 minutes per side.

  2. Add ¼ cup of water to the skillet, lower the heat to medium-low and cover. Cook the chops for 15 minutes, turning them half way through the cooking time. 

  3. Uncover the skillet and continue cooking until the liquid reduces and the chops are golden in spots – about 5-7 minutes. Turn the chops so they brown on both sides.

  4. Serve the pork chops with lime wedges, if desired.

Nutrition Facts
Cuban Pork Chops
Amount Per Serving
Calories 422 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 22g 34%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 151mg 50%
Sodium 692mg 29%
Potassium 871mg 25%
Total Carbohydrates 2g 1%
Protein 49g 98%
Vitamin C 5.9%
Calcium 2.1%
Iron 7.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
These Cuban pork chops or chuletas de cerdo in Spanish, make an easy, affordable and quick dinner. In this recipe, thin-cut pork chops are seasoned with garlic powder, cumin, oregano and salt and pepper. Then we squeeze some fresh lime juice over them and let them marinate for great flavor. Serve the pork chops with white rice and black beans or mashed potatoes for a filling and delicious meal. #cubanporkchops #porkchops #Cubanfood

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