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Southwestern Pork Chops

This recipe came out of necessity! I love to cook but hate to grocery shop, and one day I found myself with nothing but some pork chops, canned black beans and canned tomatoes. This is the dish I came up with, and my husband loved it.—Vicki L. Blaine, Plymouth, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 4 bone-in pork loin chops(1/2 inch thick and 6 ounces each)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Hot cooked rice
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro, optional


  • In a large skillet, saute onion in 1 tablespoon oil for 3-4 minutes or until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the tomatoes, beans, broth, chili powder, oregano, cumin and pepper flakes. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 4-5 minutes or until heated through.
  • Meanwhile, in another skillet, brown pork chops on both sides in remaining oil over medium-high heat. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Pour tomato mixture over chops. Cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until a thermometer reads 160°. Using a slotted spoon, serve over rice. Sprinkle with cilantro if desired.
    Freeze option: Cool pork chop mixture. Freeze in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through slowly in a covered skillet until a thermometer inserted in pork reads 165°, stirring occasionally and adding a little broth or water if necessary. Serve as directed.

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  • loverton
    Aug 18, 2020

    This looks great. I am going to try making this in a slow cooker.

  • helen good
    Sep 26, 2017

    DuckyDMost of those ingredients are items found in the average pantry, with the exception of cilantro. I know We will like this and will be making soon!

  • DuckyD
    Sep 25, 2017

    Wow! For someone who only had pork chops, black beans and canned tomatoes, that is a very long list of ingredients. Did the grocery fairy leave them while you slept?

  • Shoes58
    Dec 16, 2013

    pork chops were tender and moist. perfect for most people . Would serve to guests as is. but for me--more heat.

  • katlaydee3
    Jan 13, 2011

    These pork chops were really good, lots of flavor, I would definitely make again.

  • Brian
    Jun 24, 2006

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