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Puerto Rican Fried Pork Chops served on a white platter and topped with lime wedges.
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Puerto Rican Fried Pork Chops (Chuletas Fritas)

These authentic Puerto Rican Fried Pork Chops otherwise known as "Chuletas Fritas," are juicy, tender and hyper flavorful. Pair them up with rice, pasta, potatoes, veggies or salad for a full meal. Bonus: Quickly fried and on the table in less than 20 minutes!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dinner, Meal, Side Dish
Cuisine: Puerto Rican
Keyword: Puerto Rican Pork Chops
Servings: 6
Calories: 286kcal
Author: Mexican Appetizers and More


  • 2 ½ lbs bone in pork chops (about 6 pork chops) rinsed
  • 1 ½ tsp adobo seasoning found in the Latin section of supermarket
  • 1 ½ tsp paprika
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • ½ tsp oregano
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • vegetable or canola oil for frying


  • Mash garlic and oregano in a mortar and pestle. 
  • Add 2 tablespoons of oil to garlic and oregano. Stir ingredients together. 
    Note: If you do not have a mortar and pestle you can add ingredients to a small food chopper to blend together or finely mince garlic with a knife. 
  • Rinse pork chops and lay them on a cutting board or plate. 
    Top all pork chops with a teaspoon of the garlic and oregano mix.  
  • With your fingers or using a spoon, spread garlic all over the surface of pork chops. 
    Repeat process on the other side of pork chops. 
  • Now, sprinkle all pork chops with adobo on both sides. Followed with paprika on both sides. 
    Set chops aside. 
  • In a large skillet, over medium high heat, add about a ¼-⅓ cup of oil.
  • When oil has heated through, carefully add 2 or 3 pork chops.
    Do not overcrowd pan.
  • Depending on how thick your pork chops are, cook on one side for about 5-7 minutes.
  • Using a fork, flip over to other side and cook for an additional 5-7 minutes.
    Pork chops should be done.


Note: Some people like to use a packet of Sazón on their pork chops but I love them with just adobo and garlic marinade. Feel free to add a packet to marinade if you like! 


Serving: 6g | Calories: 286kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 130mg | Sodium: 111mg | Potassium: 707mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 283IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 1mg