Spicy Tomato Pork Chops

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Spicy tomato pork chops

The first step to cooking a delicious pork chop is to keep it moist and juicy – no pork-flavored shoe leather! Here, instead of pan-frying the chops you’ll sear them quickly and then bake them at a gentler temperature, minimizing moisture loss and resulting in a more toothsome chop.

But even perfectly tender pork is still pretty mild, so why not kick the flavor up a bit with a fiery-sweet topping of tomatoes and jalapeño? Or if you don’t love spicy food, just leave out the jalapeño: you’ll end up with a savory-sweet vegetable salsa baked over the pork chops. Either way, the meat soaks up the vegetable juices, making the finished dish full-flavored and ready to make a big impression.

This recipe could go with pretty much any kind of side: a salad is always good, or try any oven-roasted vegetables to balance out the spiciness of the main dish. Or what about a plate of sweet potato fries? Don’t be afraid to experiment; with such a delicious recipe, you’ll want to make it more than once, so you’ll have plenty of chances to try out a new set of sides.

Spicy Tomato Pork Chops Recipe

Servings SERVES: 4Preparation time PREP: 15 min.Cooking time COOK: 40 min.

Ingredients

  • 4 pork chops;
  • 14.5 oz. diced tomatoes;
  • 2 medium sweet bell peppers, seeded and thinly sliced;
  • 1 fresh jalapeño pepper, minced;
  • 2 to 3 green onions, sliced thinly;
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano;
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper;
Pork chop preparation

Preparation

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 F.
  2. Season the pork chops to taste with sea salt and black pepper.
  3. In a large skillet, heat some cooking fat over a high heat and add the chops. Cook until lightly browned (about 2 minutes per side) and transfer to a baking dish.
  4. In a bowl, combine the diced tomatoes, jalapeño, and salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Heap the tomato-jalapeño mixture, bell peppers, green onions, and oregano on top of the pork chops.
  6. Bake everything in the oven for 35 minutes or until the pork is cooked and tender.

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