Recipe Details

Easy Mexicali Pork Chops

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4

FOR ROASTS, CHOPS and TENDERLOINS

Cook to 145 F with 3 minute rest

Ingredients

4 New York (top loin) pork chops, 3/4-inch thick
1 envelope taco seasoning, (1/4 cup)
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
salsa, optional

Cooking Directions

Rub pork chops on both sides with taco seasoning. Heat non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Brush skillet with oil. Add pork chops and cook for 7-8 minutes, turning once, until internal temperature on a thermometer reads 145 degrees Fahrenheit, followed by a 3-minute rest time. Top with salsa, if desired, and serve.

Serves 4

Serving Suggestions

Involve the whole household to help with this family friendly meal. Serve with mixed salad greens, Corn Muffins, and finish the meal with sundaes topped with cinnamon graham cracker cookies.
For planovers, cook up a couple extra chops. Cover and chill chops overnight. Thinly slice the chops into strips and reheat in a skillet or the microwave.  Wrap in soft flour tortillas with lettuce, tomato, and salsa to make easy wraps.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 178 calories
Protein: 22 grams
Fat: 8 grams
Sodium: 262 milligrams
Cholesterol: 55 milligrams
Saturated Fat: 3 grams
Carbohydrates: 3 grams
Fiber: 0 grams

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About the Cut: Chop

Pork chops are the most popular cut from the pork loin, which is the strip of meat that runs from the pig’s hip to shoulder. Depending on where they originate, pork chops can be found under a variety of names, including loin, rib, sirloin, top loin and blade chops.

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About the Cooking Method: Sauteing

COOKING BASICS:
1)Heat a small amount of oil in a large heavy skillet over a medium-high heat.
2)Place pork in skillet; do not cover.
3)Cook pork uncovered, turning occasionally. For stir-frying, cook over high heat, stirring constantly.

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Buying, Handling & Storage Tips

The best way to defrost pork is in the refrigerator in its wrapping. Defrosting a 1 inch chop will take 12-14 hours.


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Butcher's Tips

It’s important to note that all pork chops cook the same. The length of cooking primarily depends on the thickness of the chop. Thickness can vary from ½ to 2 inches. Whether you choose chops boneless for convenience or chops with the bone attached for their attractive appearance, the cooking time is the same. Pork chops are likely the least intimidating of all pork cuts because they are so easy to prepare.

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