Two Pork Chop Recipes for National Pork Month and a Giveaway!

The giveaway is now closed! 

*Mmmm, pork.  This is a sponsored post from One2One Network and The National Pork Board.  All opinions stated are my own.


Mexican style recipeI’m so excited to share two of my favorite pork chops recipes with you guys today!  I love to cook and eat pork chops and I make them at least once a week.  This first recipe for Relleno Style Pork Chops is ridiculous!  It is something that my mom used to make for us growing up that I absolutely loved!  She always made them in an electric frying pan and they would simmer away filling the house with this amazing aroma and I knew that they were going to be moist, cheesey, delicious and soul satisfying.  They don’t photograph all that pretty but trust me, you need to make these for your family.  I think it is one of those perfect fall recipes.

porktober-imageDid you know that October is also known as Porktober?  And to celebrate Costco has weekly deals on specific pork products throughout the month.  When One2One Network reached out to me to help promote this event I jumped at the chance to showcase pork chops and roasts.  Chops are so versatile and this might sound funny to say, can be dressed up or dressed down.  I’m not taking about adding earrings and pumps, I’m just saying you can make these fancy for guests or as comfort food for your family.  The cooking time depends on the thickness of the chops you are using.  I also like to cook with pork roasts which are super easy to  roast or barbecue on indirect heat.  I usually swap cuts of meat pretty interchangeably in recipes, probably because I just don’t know any better, but the recipes I am sharing today work best with the chops.  Roasts tend to fall apart when cooked with moist heat so they wouldn’t hold up with the ingredients and methods I am using.  You can see all kinds of great info on cuts of pork, cooking times and even recipes from the National Pork Board.

Porktober-Special-at-CostcoI love to buy meat at Costco.  The quality of their meat is amazing but you don’t feel like you are paying top dollar for it.  It is the only place I buy my short ribs and after using the pork chops it looks like it is now my go-to pork product location too.  With my family of 4, I only need to pick up one pack of chops and I can get two meals out of it, with a little bit of leftovers even!  For National Pork Month, Costco is offering weekly savings of up to $2.50 per package.  Don’t miss out on these deals!

Deals run from Monday until the following Sunday:

October 7 – 13 : Boneless Pork Chops and Roasts

October 14 – 20 : Boneless Sirloin Tip Roasts (this cut is only available at Costco!)

October 21 – 27 : Whole Boneless Loins

Mexican style pork chops recipeAnd now the recipes!  It is amazing that you only need a few ingredients but you get so much flavor out of them.  Those are my favorite kinds of recipes.

brown-chops-and-saute-onion-and-garlicBrown the chops and remove from the pan.  Add the garlic and onion and saute until softened and browned.

family-comfort-food-recipesI have a secret.  My mom did all the cooking for these posts!  How awesome is she?  When I told her that I was going to share two of her pork chop recipes she offered to help me.  And I am so grateful.  The day we worked on these I was able to get some work done, take some online classes and create the blog posts at the same time.  Oh yeah.  And my family had meals for two nights thanks to her help.  I love you, mommy!

add-the-pork-chops-back-inAdd the green chilies and tomato soup to the onion and garlic and add the pork chops back in the pan.  Cover and simmer.  I don’t think there is something that says “comfort” than “cover and simmer.”  You just know you are going to get something tender and amazing.  You will want to check back from time to time to give it a little stir so the sauce doesn’t burn on the bottom.  The sauce thickens and cooks down which really concentrates the flavors.  Yum, right?

add-cheese-and-simmerWhen the chops are cooked through, add cheese to each one and cover until melted.

Chili-Relleno-Pork-Chops-REcipeSO good!  I love these served over rice with extra sauce and some sort of roasted veggie.  This is a recipe that I would cook for a Sunday supper.  The recipe is not difficult but just needs some time to cook.  I like to keep my weeknight meals extra quick and simple.  I can’t wait to hear how you guys like this recipe!

Relleno Style Pork Chops


  • 6 Pork Chops (3/4 to 1 inch thick)
  • 1 Large Brown Onion (chopped)
  • 2 Cloves Garlic (minced)
  • 2 Cans Condensed Tomato Soup
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 2 tsp Oregano
  • 1 (4 oz) Can Diced Green Chilies
  • 1 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese (or more, based on your preference)


  1. Trim excess fat from chops.
  2. In a frying pan, brown the pork chops on both sides (can be done in olive oil or butter).
  3. Remove from pan and set aside.
  4. Add onion and garlic to pan and cook until softened and browned.
  5. Stir in soup, oregano, cumin and green chilies.
  6. Return pork chops and juices to pan, cover and simmer for 45 minutes until meat is no longer pink.
  7. Stir the sauce several times throughout cooking and baste meat with the sauce.
  8. When pork is cooked through, sprinkle each chop with shredded cheddar cheese.
  9. Cover pan and let stand 3 to 5 minutes until cheese melts.
  10. Serve over rice.

pork chops recipeReady for number 2?  These sweet and tangy pork chops are a recipe that my grandfather used to make.  Not only does the vinegar help to tenderize the meat but keeps the tomato tastes from being too sweet.  This recipe is a little bit easier since you bake them so I would consider this a weeknight meal.  You still get a really rich flavor from the sauce that makes it seem like you’ve been slaving over the meal for hours.  I love a good trick, don’t you?

Sweet-and-Tangy-Baked-Pork-Chop-IngredientsNutmeg and celery salt.  Those both scream fall, am I right?  One of my favorite things about this recipe is that these are all things you have in your pantry already.  Easy.

mix-vinegar-and-ketchupStart by browning the chops on both sides in an oven-proof pan.  Next mix up all the rest of the ingredients.

add-sauce-to-browned-chopsAdd them to the pork chops and pop the dish in the oven.

bake-pork-chopsBake in a 350 degree oven for about an hour.

kids-love-baked-pork-chopsMy kids also love pork chops.  The meat is so mild and since they try to tell me they are allergic to chicken (they are not) pork is something I know they will eat without a fight.

Tangy-baked-pork-chopsAgain, not pretty to look at but so delightful to eat.  I like to pair these with mashed potatoes and green beans.

save-extra-sauceDon’t forget to save the extra sauce for leftovers.

Sweet and Tangy Baked Pork Chops


  • 6 Pork Chops (approx. 1 inch thick)
  • 2 Tbsp Butter
  • 1 cup Ketchup
  • 2 tsp Celery Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Nutmeg
  • 2/3 Cup Vinegar


  1. Brown chops on all sides in butter in an ovenproof pan.
  2. Drain off excess fat.
  3. Combine ketchup, celery salt, nutmeg and vinegar and pour over chops.
  4. Cover and bake in a 350 degree oven for about one hour.
  5. Baste the meat with sauce a few times throughout.
  6. Cook longer if meat is not tender after one hour.

I’m so glad I could share these recipes with you!  I hope you will make them for your family and let me know how they liked them!

And now for the giveaway! (Open to US Residents ONLY!) The giveaway is now closed! 

Porktober Giveaway Items

(The giveaway is now closed!)  Want to win this amazing Costco pork prize package ?  Just leave a comment telling me what your favorite cut of pork is and an email where I can reach you and you will be entered!)  You have until Monday, October 14, 2013 at midnight to leave a comment.  I will announce the winner on Tuesday, October 15, 2013.  Good luck!

For more Porktober goodness follow The National Pork Board on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest!  Follow #CostcoPorktober on Twitter and Pinterest to see what all the other recipes bloggers are sharing!

*This is a sponsored post from One2One Network and the National Pork Board.   All opinion are my own.  And boy do I love pork.



  1. Tabetha says

    I love pork ribs. My husband just made some a few days ago on the grill. We buy them by the slab and I cut them at home and add some garlic salt and pepper along with a cup full of bbq sauce I then rub it into the meat and let it sit in the fridge for a while. When my hubby fires up the grill he turns them every 3-5 mins for about 40 mins total and bastes them with more bbq sauce on each turn! They turn out so yummy! My 3 yr and 1 yr old LOVE THEM! I also plan to try out your Sweet & Tangy Baked Pork Chops! Sounds amazing!!

  2. laura londergan says

    oh forgot to leave my fave cut . . .it would have to be a tenderloin I believe as they are soooo many ways/ recipes to make it yummy! Love it with noodles . . .actually having PORK for dinner tonight since reading this! xoxo

  3. says

    I’m a Southern girl, so we go for pork barbeque. Shredded please. With some not too creamy Cole slaw. Heaven on a bun. But You’re mom is amazing, and these recipes look so delicious.

  4. Maribel Reyes says

    Mmmm must try this recipe out, specially since Pork is the #1 meat consumed in Costa Rica! so I will definitely be giving it a try :D

  5. says

    Yum! My fave is a boneless chop or roast. We always have pork roast on Christmas day as a long standing family tradition! Yummy! Pinning these recipes for later too!

  6. says

    I’m a vegetarian, but the one and only type of meat I have ever missed since becoming a vegetarian in 2001 is bacon. And vegetarian bacon doesn’t cut it. I get a ridiculous amount of joy just from smelling bacon being cooked. If I won, I’d share it all with my lovely grandma who is a huge pork chop fan. :)

  7. says

    Lol, I totally read this as national PARK month! I’m not a huge fan of pork – but my husband is. You’ve totally motivated me to try something new.

  8. says

    My husbands favorite meal is pork chops…and his birthday is this week. So guess what I am making! Thanks for reminding me the Costco has a great selection. I hope I win!

  9. Cindi says

    Thick cut pork chops are my favorite! My mom would slice them open & fill them with stuffing, then bake them. SOOOOO good!! I think I’ll be making some this week.

  10. Jenna Sieker says

    I have to agree with Marilyn…the pork tenderloin is awesome! I also really like the pork butt and shoulder for pulled pork in the slow cooker. Mmmm-mmmm good!! The recipes you mention in this post look fantastic, Sharon! (I think I know what I’ll be making for dinner in the coming days!)

  11. Marie says

    Pork is probably my favorite meat. Chops on the grill or tenderloin with sauerkraut and apple sauce for Porktober Fest. I even put a piece of pork in my tomato sauce for a touch of sweetness. Yummy yummy!

  12. Marilyn Burgner says

    I love pork chops but would have to say that pork tenderloin is my favorite cut of pork. I can promise you that I will be cooking the pork chop recipes in the near future!

  13. Alisha Trapp says

    I love pork chops! The sweet & tangy pork shop recipes sounds delicious. Can your mom come to my house and make them too?

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