Mexican Pork Chops in Red Sauce

Mexican pork chops in red sauce

Mexican Pork Chops in Red Sauce is a delicious, easy-to-make, and versatile recipe that I guarantee you won’t be disappointed with. Using pork chops and red sauce sounds perfect if you’re looking for an easy and delicious Mexican-inspired dish to cook up for dinner tonight. But if you are not entirely sure how to prepare them, no worries – I’ve got you covered. 

Besides, the recipe is straightforward, and the end result is a delicious and hearty meal that the whole family will love. So fire up the stove, and let’s get cooking these deliciosos Mexican pork chops in red sauce. 

How to Prepare Mexican Pork Chops in Red Sauce?

This dish is easy to make and packed with flavor, so it’s sure to become a new family favorite. Give it a try tonight, and see for yourself. The ingredients for this recipe are simple, and the preparation time is short. To start preparing these pork chops, you will need the following ingredients:

  • 4 Pieces Pork Chops (approximately 10 oz) – this should be enough for two persons
  • 2 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil – to bake the chops and later stew the veggies on it
  • 1 Onion – this is just an indispensable ingredient for any dish that involves pork chops and vegetables
  • 2 Peppers – you can’t prepare a Mexican dish without some peppers
  • 1 Can Chopped Tomatoes – these are why the red sauce is called like that
  • 1 Cup of Water – to help everything stew properly
  • Seasoning – Salt, pepper, powdered garlic, and chili powder to taste 
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Now, a few simple steps:

Step 1: Browning the Pork Chops

Start by nicely seasoning the pork chops with salt, pepper, and powdered garlic, and leave them like that for at least 30 minutes. 

The next step is to brown the pork chops in a large skillet. This can be done by heating some oil in the skillet over medium-high heat and then cooking the pork chops for about 4 minutes per side.

Step 2: Preparing the Vegetables

Use the time while the pork chops are cooking to cut the onion and pepper into strips. Once the pork chops are browned, remove them from the skillet, and set them aside on a plate.

Now, add the onion to the same and stew it for 3 minutes. After that, add peppers and stew them for another 3 minutes before adding a can of tomatoes to it.

Step 3: Combining Everything

Add water and put the pork chops back into the skillet. Season everything to taste, put the lid on top, leaving it half open and let the dish stew for approximately half an hour at light heat. Stir everything from time to time to avoid sticking to the skillet. 

Mexican Pork Chops in Red Sauce

Tips and Variations for Preparing Perfect Mexican Pork Chops

Since this dish has only a few ingredients, choosing quality over quantity is essential. For the pork chops, you can go with bone-in, thin-cut pork chops. But, you can also choose boneless pork chops. The important thing is to be thinly cut.

Another thing I love about this recipe is that you can make it in advance. I think the flavors get better after sitting for a while. So, if you’re looking for a dish to make ahead of time, this is it.

Note that you should be careful not to overcook the meat, so remember that it continues to cook even after you have set it aside from the stove. Besides, before you begin preparing the meat, you should take it out of the fridge and leave it for several minutes at room temperature. The last step is to use a meat tenderizer and hit them a couple of times to break them up a little bit.

Regarding seasoning, you can always experiment a bit and maybe add some cayenne pepper instead of chili powder. Lastly, to get a complete Mexican-style dish, you will also need corn beans, so you can add 1/4 of a cup to the mix.

How to Serve Mexican Pork Chops in Red Sauce?

One of the things I love about this recipe is that it is very versatile. You can also garnish them with some lime juice.  

While it is excellent as a standalone dish, you can serve it with rice, black beans, freshly sliced avocado, and a green salad, or you can use it as a filling for tacos or burritos and eat it with warmed corn tortillas. 

How to Store Leftovers of Mexican Pork Chops in Red Sauce?

If you have leftovers from this dish, simply store them in an airtight container in the fridge. They will last for up to 3 days.

When ready to reheat, simply place the pork chops back into the sauce and heat on low until warm. You can also shred the meat and add it to the sauce for a quicker meal.

Mexican Pork Chops in Red Sauce

Mexican Pork Chops in Red Sauce

Laura from Julie’s Cafe Bakery
Mexican pork chops in red sauce is a delicious, easy-to-make, and versatile recipe that I guarantee you won’t be disappointed with.
4.67 from 3 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 38 mins
Total Time 1 hr 8 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 2 people
Calories 381.9 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 4 pieces pork chops That's approximately 10 oz
  • 2 tbsp Vegetable oil
  • 1 Onion
  • 2 Red peppers
  • 1 can Chopped Tomatoes
  • 1 cup Water
  • Salt, pepper, garlic powder, and chili powder to taste

Instructions
 

  • Start by nicely seasoning the pork chops with salt, pepper, and powdered garlic, and leave them like that for at least 30 minutes.
  • The next step is to brown the pork chops in a large skillet. This can be done by heating some oil in the skillet over medium-high heat and then cooking the pork chops for about 4 minutes per side.
  • Use the time while the pork chops are cooking to cut the onion and pepper into strips.
  • Once the pork chops are browned, remove them from the skillet, and set them aside on a plate.
  • Now, add the onion to the same and stew it for 3 minutes. After that, add peppers and stew them for another 3 minutes before adding a can of tomatoes to it.
  • Add water and put the pork chops back into the skillet.
  • Season everything to taste, put the lid on top, leaving it half open and let the dish stew for approximately half an hour at light heat. Stir everything from time to time to avoid sticking to the skillet.

Notes

You can always experiment a bit and maybe add some cayenne pepper instead of chili powder. Also, to get a complete Mexican-style dish, you will also need corn beans, so you can add 1/4 of a cup to the mix.
If you have leftovers from this dish, simply store them in an airtight container in the fridge. They will last for up to 3 days.

Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 381.9kcalCarbohydrates: 20.7gProtein: 34.9gFat: 19.3gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 8.8gMonounsaturated Fat: 5.4gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 93.4mgSodium: 283.3mgPotassium: 1222.8mgFiber: 6.7gSugar: 11.9gVitamin A: 223IUVitamin C: 178.7mgCalcium: 87.5mgIron: 2.4mg
Keyword Mexican pork chops, Mexican pork chops in red sauce, Pork chops in tomato sauce

  • Laura is the owner of Julie's Cafe Bakery. She started this blog with her grandma Julie who introduced her to the amazing world of cooking. She likes to experiment with different flavors, and her favorite flavors combo is chicken with coconut milk, curry and peanuts!