Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Cocoa and Chili Rubbed Pork Chops

This recipe is adapted from Food and Wine Magazine.

Being an ex-vegetarian, I'm still not a huge meat eater. I really could do without eating meat, if I was just cooking for myself. However, my hubby is the traditional "meat and potatoes" boy, and I therefore have needed to find some meat recipes that we both enjoy. This recipe is a WINNER! I only had regular chili powder, which is not terribly spicy, but the overall flavor still came out well balanced and savory. Not too sweet, not to spicy. The chops were really moist, which is always something I work for when I'm making meats. Overall, super easy, super good, and one that I believe will appeal to a lot of people.


INGREDIENTS (serves 4):
4 boneless pork chops
1 tbsp chili powder
1 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tbsp brown sugar
Sprinkling of course sea salt and fresh ground black pepper
1-2 tbsp olive oil

1. Mix together the chili, cocoa, and sugar. Rub liberally onto each side of the chops, and let sit for 20 minutes.

2. Heat olive oil in the pan, on medium high heat. After ten minutes, sprinkle salt and pepper on the chops.

3. Cook chops, covered, 3-5 minutes on each side, depending on the thickness. The two indicators for doneness are: white throughout on the inside and a crispy outside.


  1. Please share some vegetarian recipes. My husband has turned into the opposite of yours :) It's been a challenge for me to cook vegetarian things, I need ideas!

  2. Hey Nallely! I actually just saw this comment! I'm working on getting some vegan and vegetarian things together. Thanks for the tip! : )