Tomatillo Chipotle Pork Chops

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Tomatillo chipotle pork chops always meant a party. They are quick, simple, and delicious. Learn how to make them here.

Pork chops with tomatillos and chipotles in a clay cazuela

This is my recipe for Tomatillo Chipotle Pork Chops and is part of a sponsored collaboration with the National Pork Board and DiMe Media. All opinions expressed are my own.

As a child, every time I saw my mom preparing pork, which was often, it meant we were celebrating something. You might see a spiral ham, carnitas, or a beautiful, stuffed pork tenderloin. But whichever it was, it meant we were having a party.

We love pork so much, first, because of the taste, but also because it’s so versatile. We have countless ways of preparing it and each recipe is special. As a mom, I love pork because it cooks very quickly, is a good source of protein, and saves me time in the kitchen.

Since the holiday season is upon us, and with it so many opportunities to celebrate, I thought I would share this recipe. My mom would make this for a special celebration, but also for Sunday dinners served up in a traditional pot called a cazuela (See below). We call it Tomatillo Chipotle Pork Chops.

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mexican cazuela

In Spanish, we say “Entomatado,” which means, in this case, a salsa of tomatillos and chipotle chiles.

Tomatillos are a staple ingredient in Mexican food. I use them in my salsa verde, in my avocado enchiladas, and in my green pozole, among many others.

Peeled tomatillos

Fortunately these days they are very easy to find in the United States, just as in Mexico. In the United States check your local supermarket. I often find them in the produce section next to the jalapeño peppers. They come in two sizes. For these pork chops, I use the smaller, because then I only have to cut them in half (They’re about 1.5 inches in diameter). But if you only find larger ones, about golf balls size or larger, just cut them into quarters.

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tomatillos

This recipe is not just delicious, but it is simple to make and has just 6 ingredients. Here are the simple steps followed by a video. I hope you try them!

If you make these Tomatillo Chipotle Pork Chops, be sure to snap a photo and share it with us on social media using the #mamalatinatipsrecipes hashtag. I’d love to see it and have a chance to share it as well.

Tomatillo Chipotle Pork Chops

Makes 4 pork chops

Prep time: 5 minutes

From start to finish: 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 4 pork chops with bones
  • 1 pound tomatillos, peeled and washed
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1-2 chipotle peppers in adobo
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Process

1. Heat oil in a large pan or cazuela.

2. Sear pork chops on both sides. They will change from pink to white and take on a golden color in some parts.

pork chops

3. Cut small tomatillos in half. If you cannot find this size, use the bigger ones and cut them in quarters.

Tomatillos in halves on top of a pig shaped cutting board

4. Add tomatillos, onion, chipotle peppers and salt to the pork chops.

Pork chops, onions, tomatillos and chipotle peppers

5. Cover your pan or cazuela, lower the temperature and let cook on medium heat for 30 minutes. At first, you might feel the dish looks dry, but you will see how the tomatillos and onion begin to release their liquid and create a sauce. You do not need to add water, just stir from time to time to let the tomatillos take turns at the bottom of your pan or cazuela. You will know when it is cooked when the tomatillos change from vibrant green to olive green.

Serve with white rice and beans.

chipotle tomatillo pork chops in a Mexican cazuela

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Enjoy!

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Tomatillo Chipotle Pork Chops

A classic Mexican pork dish made with “entomatado” a combination of tomatillos, onions and chipotle pepper. Easy and delicious. Serve with rice and beans.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time45 mins
Servings: 4 pork chops
Calories: 288kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 4 pork chops with bones
  • 1 pound tomatillos peeled and washed
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 1-2 chipotle peppers in adobo
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Heat oil in a large pan or cazuela. Sear pork chops on both sides. They will change from pink to white and take on a golden color in some parts.
  • Cut small tomatillos in half. If you cannot find this size, use the bigger ones and cut them in quarters.
  • Add tomatillos, onion, chipotle peppers and salt to the pork chops.
  • Cover your pan or cazuela, lower the temperature and let cook on medium heat for 30 minutes. You do not need to add water, just stir from time to time to let the tomatillos take turns at the bottom of your pan or cazuela. You will know when it is cooked when the tomatillos change from vibrant green to olive green.

Video

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Tomatillo Chipotle Pork Chops
Amount Per Serving
Calories 288 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 90mg30%
Sodium 695mg30%
Potassium 844mg24%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 30g60%
Vitamin A 317IU6%
Vitamin C 15mg18%
Calcium 24mg2%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Dinner, Pork
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: how to cook pork chops, mexican food recipes, recipes with tomatillos, what can I do with chipotle peppers
Author: Silvia

Notes

At first, you might feel the dish looks dry, but you will see how the tomatillos and onion begin to release their liquid and create a sauce. 
Serve with rice and beans. 

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Blanca D
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Blanca D

You can’t go wrong with tomatillos. This recipe reminds me so much of my mom’s cooking.

Vicky
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Vicky

Luce delicioso!!!!! Seguro le da un gusto al pork muy interesante!!!

Vanessa
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Vanessa

WAO! Silvia, you always make amazing recipes. I love the addition of the chipotle I this one. 😛

Enri
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Enri

I did love this recipe and I’m running to Amazon to get mi olla de barro!

Ana
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Ana

This looks delicious. I have never seen the combination of tomatillos and chipotle. I definitely have to try it! I love to prepare pork, but many times I do it the same way. I will write this recipe in my culinary bucket list.

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