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Braised Green Chile Pork Chops

by | Jun 19, 2024 | Recipes

These simple Braised Green Chile Pork Chops only take a few ingredients to make and are fall off the fork tender! You’ll quickly sear seasoned boneless pork chops on the stove top, then nestle them in a bath of stewed tomatoes and green chiles. Then they go into a moderate oven for a little over a half hour.

Overhead photo of Braised Green Chile Pork Chop on a blue plate served with creamy polenta.

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Sometimes our budget doesn’t allow us to buy the nicest cuts of meat. But the silver lining is that tougher cuts of meat tend to turn into some of the best meals—you just need to use the right technique to cook them.

Over the years, I’ve come to love using the braising technique to make damn near any cut of meat tender and juicy. To braise meat, you first use a dry, high-temp heat to quickly brown the exterior. Then, you finish cooking the meat using a low-temp heat and a small amount of liquid. The meat is cooked longer at a lower temperature to slowly break down fibrous connective tissue and collagen. What results is melt-in-your-mouth goodness!

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These Braised Green Chile Pork Chops will quickly become a part of your go-to rotation of simple recipes that are ridiculously delicious. Any dish that uses braising as the main cooking technique means less time at the stove top, and don’t we all love easy recipes that basically make themselves? This main entree is perfect for times when you need a meal that’s hearty and delicious, but you’re tight on hands-on time.

Close up photo of a piece of braised green chile pork chop on a silver fork.

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Ingredients For Braised Green Chile Pork Chops

Overhead photo of ingredients to make braised green chile pork chops:  stewed tomatoes with green chiles, pork chops, salt, pepper, and garlic powder.

…a few notes about ingredients and making these Braised Green Chile Pork Chops…

Make sure to not overcrowd the pork chops when searing them. This may mean that you need to sear your pork chops in batches. Once seared, you can put all of the pork chops in the pot to finish cooking together. Don’t worry if the pork chops aren’t fully covered once you add in the stewed tomatoes and green chiles. As long as the chops are nestled in the liquid, you’ll be fine.

You’ll need an oven-safe pot that has a lid in order to make this recipe. If you don’t have any lidded oven safe pots, you can tightly covering your pot with aluminum foil as an alternative. These green chile pork chops go great with creamy polenta, rice, or wide egg noodles.

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Recipe Notes, Tips & Tricks

Ingredient Swaps & Variations – Spice level is always subjective, so if these Braised Green Chile Pork Chops are too spicy for your taste, you can easily adjust the heat. For a more mild version, braise the chops in a combination of one 15-ounce can of stewed tomatoes and half of one 4-ounce can of diced green chiles.

Ways to Use Braised Green Chile Pork Chops Leftovers – If you have leftovers of these pork chops, there’s many ways to turn them into a whole new dish. You could shred them up and use them as an easy filling in tacos or burritos. Alternately, you could shred them up and use them as a base for a soup or a chili.

Close up photo of stewed tomatoes and green chiles served over creamy polenta. In the background is a green chile pork chop. Both are on a blue plate.

How to Make Braised Green Chile Pork Chops

Step 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. While waiting for the oven to preheat, add a small amount of cooking oil to the bottom of a large, thick-bottomed oven safe pot (such as dutch oven) over medium-high heat on the stovetop. Allow the oil to heat through for a couple of minutes, then slowly lay the pork chops down into the pot.

Once in the pot, sprinkle half of the garlic powder and some of the salt and pepper over the pork chops. Sear the pork chops for 2-3 minutes, or until a golden brown crust begins to form on each chop.

Overhead photos of steps 1 and 2 for making braised green chile pork chops. Top photo shows raw pork chops being seared. Bottom photo shows seared pork chops.

Step 2. Flip the pork chops over. Sprinkle the remaining half of the garlic powder along with some of the salt and pepper onto the pork chops. Sear for 2-3 minutes to form a golden brown crust.

Note: Some of your seasoning will burn during this process (as seen in the photo above)…don’t worry about it as this is normal.

Step 3. Once the pork chops are seared on both sides, remove them from the pot and set aside.

Step 4. Add the stewed tomatoes with green chiles to the pot, along with all remaining salt and pepper. Stir well to thoroughly mix in the salt and pepper.

Overhead photos of steps 4 and 5 for making braised green chile pork chops. Top photo shows stewed tomatoes and green chiles added to the cooking pot. Bottom photo shows the seared pork chops being added into the pot with the tomato mixture.

Step 5. Add the pork chops back into the pot, pushing them down into the mixture of stewed tomatoes and green chiles as much as possible. Note: Don’t worry if the chops are not fully covered by the liquid.

Cover the pot and transfer it to the oven. Braise the pork chops in the oven for 35-40 minutes, or until fork tender.

Close up photo of braised green chile pork chop on a blue plate, served with creamy polenta.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can leftovers of these braised green chile pork chops be frozen?

Unfortunately, I wouldn’t recommend freezing leftovers of these pork chops unless you’re going to use them in shredded form. If you’re fine with shredding them, yes the leftovers can be frozen and will make a great filling for things like tacos and burritos.

What’s the best way to reheat leftovers of these braised green chile pork chops?

Leftovers of these pork chops can be reheated in the microwave, on the stovetop, or in the oven, with the oven and stovetop being your best options. If you use the stovetop, I suggest reheating over medium heat for 15-20 minutes. If you use the oven, I suggest reheating at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes.

What’s best to serve with these braised green chile pork chops?

These pork chops are great served with something starchy like creamy polenta, rice, or mashed potatoes. Another good serving option is over wide egg noodles or any kind of pasta.

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Braised Green Chile Pork Chops

Braised Green Chile Pork Chops

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

A simple and delicious dish of pork chops braised in stewed tomatoes and green chiles.

Ingredients

  • 16 oz boneless pork chops
  • 2 10 oz cans stewed tomatoes with green chiles
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. To the bottom of a large, thick-bottomed pot (such as a dutch oven) over medium-high heat, add a small amount of cooking oil. Allow the oil to heat for 1-2 minutes.

3. Add the pork chops to the pot. Season the pork chops with half of the garlic powder along with some of the salt and pepper. Sear the chops until a golden brown crust is formed, approximately 2-3 minutes.

4. Flip the pork chops over. Season the chops with the remaining garlic powder along with some of the salt and pepper. Sear the pork chops for another 2-3 minutes, then remove them from the pot and set aside.

5. Add the cans of stewed tomatoes with green chiles to the pot along with any remaining salt and pepper. Stir well to thoroughly combine.

6. Add the pork chops back to the pot, nestling them into the mixture of tomatoes and chiles. Cover the pot and transfer the pot to the oven. Braise the pork chops for 35-40 minutes, or until fork tender.

Notes

While searing the pork chops, the garlic powder may burn (as seen in the blog post photos). Don't worry about this as it's normal and won't adversely affect the outcome of this dish.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 304Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 85mgSodium: 848mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 2gSugar: 6gProtein: 32g

This nutrition data is provided and calculated by Nutritionix. Please keep in mind that your specific nutritional values may vary based on the brand of ingredients you use to make this recipe.

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