There is something about smothered pork chops that forever and ever will have a place in my kitchen…..like this Chuletas de Puerco en Salsa (Pork Chops Braised in a Fresh Tomato Salsa) made in a simple tomato jalapeno based sauce with aromatic spices. Tender pork chops that break apart with a fork and no need for a knife. Serve pork chops on top of white or yellow rice. Excellent meal!!
Chuletas de Puerco en Salsa
Today’s recipe is truly a mouth watering Mexican pork dish.
These Chuletas de Puerco en Salsa (Pork Chops Braised in a Fresh Tomato Salsa) are savory and exploding with flavor.
Sometimes there are just too many pork chop recipes to chose from.
With all the pork chop recipes out on the internet today, it’s a little daunting to decide on one particular recipe.
Especially when you are in the mood to make something completely different than what you normally do with your pork chops.
I know it can become a little challenging to pick just one.
Whether you normally make pan fried pork chops, baked pork chops or breaded pork chops, it’s certainly nice to step away from those traditional styles and try something completely new for a change.
Well these pork chops covers just that for you.
A whole new way to make pork chops and boy are they absolutely delicious!
These pork chops are smothered in a fresh savory homemade tomato salsa.
After you make the fresh tomato salsa, this dish pretty much takes care of itself.
How to Make these Chuletas de Puerco en Salsa
Pop a few roma tomatoes into the blender with onions, garlic, serrano peppers, some spices and walla! Sauce is done!
Now sear the pork chops on both sides in a little bit of olive oil, add the sauce to the pan and cook for 30-40 minutes.
Sit down, unwind a little, serve yourself a nice glass of cabernet.
Or maybe jump into the shower while these succulent chops are cooking? Chit-chat with the family…
Get the picture?! 🙂
And when you’re done, you will have a delicious dish waiting on you.
What to Serve with these Chuletas de Puerco en Salsa
Serve your chuletas de puerco en salsa with white or yellow rice. Yum!
Maybe some refried beans and avocado slices?!
Note: One last thing, although these smothered pork chops are very easy to make, please do not cut out on the cooking time. The cooking time is very important, consequently these pork chops will easily fall apart, be tender and moist all at the same time.
Chuletas de Puerco en Salsa (Pork Chops Braised in a Fresh Tomato Salsa)
- 1 onion thinly sliced
- 1/4 fresh cilantro chopped
Pork Chops and Seasoning
- 2-4 thin pork chops no more than half an inch thick
- cumin sprinkle on both sides of pork chops (not to much cumin is a strong spice)
- garlic powder sprinkle on both sides of pork chops
- onion powder sprinkle on both sides of pork chops
- salt and pepper sprinkle on both sides of pork chops to taste
FRESH TOMATO SAUCE/SALSA
- 4 roma tomatoes
- 1-2 serrano peppers start with half or one serrano and adjust to taste of personal heat level
- 1/2 onion
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon mexican oregano or regular oregano
- 2 Teaspoons chicken bouillon
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2/3 Cups water
Season Pork Chops and Sear
- Rinse pork chops.Season pork chops on both sides with garlic powder, cumin, onion powder, salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
- In a large skillet, add a few tablespoons of olive oil and heat over medium heat.Heat skillet for a few minutes before adding pork chops.
Sear pork chops for 3-4 minutes on each side.
For Tomato Jalapeño Salsa
- While pork chops are cooking, add roma tomatoes, garlic, 1/2 onion serrano pepper/s, garlic, chicken bouillon, cumin, oregano, salt, pepper and water to a blender. Blend until smooth.
- Return to pork chops and remove from pan, set aside on a dish.
- Add tomato sauce to skillet and cook for 5-10 minutes.Add pork chops to skillet and sauce.Cook for 20 minutes.
- Add sliced onions and cilantro.Cook for another 10-15 minutes or until pork chops are tender.Enjoy!!!
Let me know when you will be making these Chuletas de Puerco en Salsa?
This is a super tasty and delicious looking pork dish. I haven’t heard of this dish before but I love Mexican and can’t wait to try this!! Cheers
Thank you Adrianne!
Oooh that salsa looks good. I love serving meat with salsa for a nice sauce.
Me too Danni!
Oh my Cathy your recipes always make me SO hungry!! And this one is no exception… looking forward to trying it out this weekend!
YAYYYY!!! So happy to hear that Emmeline! I hope you love these, let me know how much you enjoyed them!
Love this Cathy! My family prefers pork chops over basically everything. Surely making this!
Haha I completely understand that because mine does too!!! 🙂
Pam Greer says
These pork chops sound amazing! I love that are seared first and then simmered, so much flavor!
Thank you Pam!
Kelly Anthony says
Wow these smothered pork chops look so full of flavor and delicious. You had me at fork tender!
Haha Thanks Kelly!
Charles Taylor says
Awesome recipe. I added corn to the skillet with onion and cilantro. Made a good side.
Aww, I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed it Charles! Corn sounds like a great addition! Will definitely add some to mine next time I make them! Hope you continue to make and enjoy more yummy dishes! Thanks again!
Frank Killinger says
I just made this for dinner. 5 stars!! I had my doubts when I tasted the salsa raw but it was very good cooked. I had to add a little water halfway through the cooking and turned the heat from medium to medium low. Definitely making again!
Yay Frank! So happy to hear you enjoyed this dish! Thank you for taking the time to let me know how much you enjoyed it and rating the recipe! 🙂
Troy Dykes says
I decided to go on a Trip around the world through cooking when the pandemic hit in 2020. When I got to Mexico( ok I started there) ,I decided , “why even leave”?
My knowledge of Mexican cooking has vastly improved and it is as though I am living ” la vida loco” at least three tim s a week.
I have made these before running across your recipe, as I usually pull three or more of the same recipe and just pick the best one or incorporate a little from each. I made yours as a stand alone and it is simmering as I type. This sauce is FANTASTICO!
I wil no longer need any other chuleta de puerco recipes.
Thank you for this amazing dish!
Thank you so much for the recipe! My family loved it 🥰
You’re so very welcome Nancy! So happy your family really enjoyed it! Thank you for taking the time to comment and let me know how much you and your family enjoyed it!!
Kathy Brzostek says
I was looking for a new way to make pork chops when I stumbled upon this recipe. Everyone absolutely loved this it, that’s saying a lot when cooking for 8 people with different likes and dietary restrictions.
I had to adjust the recipe because 8 pork chops were not going to fit in the pan to cook with the salsa. i just layered them in a roasting pan, poured the salsa over the pork chops and baked covered at 350 for 40 minutes. My husband, who doesn’t like change, said I didn’t make enough. Next time I’ll make 12 pork chops!
Hi Kathy! I’m so happy to hear you and your family really enjoyed this recipe! This is one of my favorites too! Thank you for taking the time to let me know! 🙂