Are you looking for an easy, yet mouthwatering Mexican pork chop recipe that is full of flavor? Check out this recipe and see what you’ve been missing!
The Best Mexican Marinade for Pork Chops
This easy to make Mexican pork chop recipe will become a family favorite in your home.
These pork chops are going to be packed full of some great flavorful heat while not overpowering your taste buds. Perfect for those who enjoy the delicious flavors of spice.
Mexican Pork Chops Marinade Ingredients
- Vegetable Oil
- Chili powder
We’re going south of the border with this Mexican pork chop marinade. Combining the pork chop seasonings – chili powder, garlic, cumin, coriander, oregano, olive oil, and fresh onion – to create a flavor profile your taste buds will love.
Combine the Mexican marinade ingredients together inside a small baking dish or a zipper-topped bag and then add in your pork chops. Set it aside and let them rest for at least 4 hours. Or if you are meal prepping for a future night, you can choose to freeze these pork chops until you’re ready to use them.
What type of pork chop should you use?
Pork chops have many different cuts you can choose from including:
- Rib Chop
- Center-Cut Loin Chop
- Loin Chop
- Sirloin Chop
- Boneless Loin Chop
- Shoulder Chop
The type of pork chop that you choose for this Mexican pork chop recipe is up to you. Using different cuts can make the cooking time vary, so just make sure to keep an eye on the pork chop temperature as you are cooking them so you know when they are finished.
How to cook Pork Chops
After you have followed the Mexican pork chop recipe and your chops have been marinating for at least 4 hours, you can start cooking them. Heat up your olive oil in a skillet set to medium heat on your stove. You’ll know that the pan is ready to use when you can hear or see the oil sizzling in the pan.
Placing your pork chops in the pan before it’s fully heated can cause your chops to dry out before they finish cooking. We definitely don’t want that! You’ve waited hours to taste these amazing pork chops, taking an extra 2 minutes to make sure your pan is ready is worth it.
When you pan is ready, gently place your pork chops down being careful not to splatter any oil towards yourself. A helpful trick is to angle them away from you as you are placing them in your hot skillet.
Let them cook for about 4 minutes on each side. When your pork chop temperature reaches 150ºF on an instant-read thermometer, you know they’re ready to eat.
What is the secret to tender pork chops?
The secret to tender pork chops is to make sure you are cooking them to the correct temperature. Don’t cook them over 160ºF.
Mexican Pork Chop FAQ
There are a lot of great ways to cook pork chops. The stove top method outlined here in the recipe card works well.
It can vary by the thickness of the pork chops, but about 4-6 minutes per side.
Butterfly chops are when a thick pork chop is sliced lengthwise so it is thinner and wider.
How to store Mexican Style Pork Chops
Mexican style pork chops can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
More ways to use Mexican Pork Marinade
You can also use Mexican pork marinade on chicken, steak, or even as a salad dressing.
How to serve Mexican Pork Chops
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Mexican Pork Chops
For the Pork Chop Marinade
- 1 cup oil vegetable or canola
- 1/2 onion sliced
- 2 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic minced
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 1 teaspoon coriander
For the Pork Chops
- 6 pork chops 4-6, boneless or bone-in.
- 2 tablespoons oil vegetable or canola
- Combine marinade ingredients.
- Place the pork chops in the marinade, making sure they are covered. I use a baking dish or zipper top bag for this.
- Marinate for at least 4 hours, up to 24 hours or freeze until ready to use.
- After the pork chops have marinated, heat a skillet over medium heat and add the olive oil.
- Cook pork chops for about 4 minutes on each side, until cooked through or the center registers about 150ºF on an instant-read thermometer.