Recipe Details

Mexicali Pork Chops with Black Beans

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4

FOR ROASTS, CHOPS and TENDERLOINS

Cook to 145 F with 3 minute rest

Ingredients

4 boneless pork chops, 3/4-inch thick
1 15-oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup salsa, OR picante sauce
1 4-oz can chopped green chiles, undrained
1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped
2 teaspoons chili powder
1/4 teaspoon pepper
vegetable oil
sour cream, (optional)

Cooking Directions

In a medium bowl combine black beans, salsa, chiles, cilantro, chili powder and pepper. Set aside. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Brush chops lightly with oil and brown 1-2 minutes on each side; remove chops. Add bean mixture to skillet; bring to boiling. Return chops to skillet; cover tightly and cook over low heat for 5-6 minutes or until internal temperature on a thermometer reads 145 degrees Fahrenheit, followed by a 3-minute rest time. Serve chops with bean mixture, with sour cream if desired.

Serves 4

Serving Suggestions

Fresh cilantro is the leaves of the coriander plant and gives a fresh flavor to Southwestern dishes. Complete this meal with sliced oranges and warm tortillas.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 285 calories
Protein: 30 grams
Fat: 10 grams
Sodium: 520 milligrams
Cholesterol: 55 milligrams
Saturated Fat: 2 grams
Carbohydrates: 24 grams
Fiber: 9 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: Braising

COOKING BASICS:
1. Coat meat lightly with seasoned flour, if desired.
2. In a large, heavy pan with lid, brown meat on all sides in a small amount of oil; remove excess drippings from pan.
3. Cover meat with desired liquid(s).
4. Cover pan and simmer over low heat on stove or in a low to moderate (275 to 300 degrees F.) oven for 1 to 3 hours, until tender.
5. If adding vegetables, add toward end of cooking time, during the last 20 to 45 minutes.

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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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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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Great Low Fat Pork Chops
by anonymous 09/16/2013
WE loved it. The bean sauce you put on the pork chops would probably make a great dip for tostitos!