Today, I want to share with you a delicious recipe that combines the rich flavors of Mexican cuisine with a touch of Asian influence. These Mexican Pork Chops are a fusion of two incredible culinary worlds, resulting in a dish that will satisfy your cravings for something unique and mouthwatering.
Mexican Pork Chops:
To prepare this delightful dish, you will need the following ingredients:
- 4 bone-in pork chops
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon cumin powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- Salt and pepper to taste
- For the Smoky Tomato Sauce:
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 3 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 can (14 ounces) diced tomatoes
- 1 chipotle pepper in adobo, minced
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- Salt and pepper to taste
Now, let’s get started with the recipe! Begin by preheating your oven to 375°F (190°C).
In a small bowl, combine the chili powder, cumin powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Rub this spice mixture all over the pork chops, ensuring that they are evenly coated.
Heat the olive oil in a large oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat. Add the pork chops to the skillet and sear them for about 2-3 minutes on each side, until they develop a golden-brown crust.
Once the chops are seared, transfer the skillet to the preheated oven and let the pork chops roast for an additional 10-12 minutes, or until they reach an internal temperature of 145°F (63°C).
While the pork chops are roasting, let’s prepare the smoky tomato sauce. In a separate saucepan, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and minced garlic, and sauté until they become soft and translucent.
Add the diced tomatoes, chipotle pepper, dried oregano, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper to the saucepan. Stir well to combine all the flavors, and let the sauce simmer for about 10 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together.
Once the pork chops are cooked through, remove them from the oven and let them rest for a few minutes. This resting period allows the juices to redistribute, resulting in tender and juicy chops.
To serve, spoon a generous amount of the smoky tomato sauce over each pork chop. The tangy and smoky flavors of the sauce beautifully complement the succulent pork. You can garnish the dish with fresh cilantro or chopped green onions for an extra burst of freshness.
These Mexican Pork Chops will undoubtedly impress your taste buds with their captivating blend of Mexican and Asian flavors. The bold spices of the pork, combined with the smoky and tangy tomato sauce, create a harmony that will leave you craving for more.
So why wait? Gather these ingredients, put your apron on, and embark on a culinary journey that will tantalize your senses and introduce you to new and exciting flavors from both sides of the world!