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Savory Fiesta Pork Chops

A Zesty Twist on a Classic Mexican Dish

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Savory Fiesta Pork Chops

Difficulty:BeginnerPrep time: 15 minutesCook time:1 hour 20 minutesRest time: minutesTotal time:1 hour 35 minutesServings:6 servingsCalories:499 kcal Best Season:Suitable throughout the year


Dive into the rich flavors of Mexico with these Savory Fiesta Pork Chops. This dish combines succulent pork chops with a vibrant blend of spices and salsa, creating a delectable meal that’s both easy to prepare and delightful to the palate. Perfect for a weeknight dinner or a festive gathering, these chops are sure to impress!



  1. Begin by setting your oven to warm at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Prepare a 9×13-inch baking dish by lightly coating it with a non-stick spray.
  2. In a sizable skillet, warm up some vegetable oil over a medium flame. Season the pork chops with a dash of salt and pepper, then sear them until they’re nicely browned, which should take around 5 minutes on each side. Once browned, remove the chops and place them to the side.
  3. In your greased baking dish, combine water, rice, tomato sauce, picante sauce, and taco seasoning, stirring them together well. Nestle the pork chops into this savory bed of rice, and garnish with slices of green bell pepper. Seal the dish with a cover.
  4. Transfer the dish to your oven and let it bake until the pork is thoroughly cooked—showing no signs of pink in the center—and the rice has softened, which will take about 1 hour. To ensure doneness, you can check one chop with an instant-read thermometer, which should register at 145 degrees F (63 degrees C) when inserted into the thickest part. Afterward, remove the cover and scatter a generous amount of Cheddar cheese over the top.
  5. Place the baking dish back into the oven, uncovered this time, and continue to bake until the cheese has melted into a golden, bubbly layer, which should take an additional 5 to 10 minutes.


  • – You can adjust the spiciness of the dish by choosing mild or hot diced tomatoes with green chile peppers.
    – For a complete meal, serve with rice or warm tortillas and a side salad.
Keywords:Mexican pork chops, easy pork chop recipe, salsa pork chops, weeknight dinner
Nutrition Facts

Servings 6

Amount Per Serving
Calories 499
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 7g35%
Cholesterol 79mg27%
Sodium 936mg39%
Potassium 567mg17%
Total Carbohydrate 47g16%
Dietary Fiber 2g8%
Sugars 4g
Protein 33g66%

Vitamin C 20 mg
Calcium 182 mg
Iron 3 mg

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Can I use boneless pork chops for this recipe?

Yes, boneless pork chops can be used, but cooking times may vary.

Is it possible to make this dish ahead of time?

You can prepare the pork chops and sauce ahead of time, refrigerate, and bake before serving. Remember to add extra time if baking from chilled.

Can I freeze the cooked pork chops?

Yes, the cooked pork chops can be frozen. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight and reheat in the oven until warmed through.

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