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With a flavorful red sauce and melty cheese, these Green Chile Pork Chops are comfort food at their finest. Made on the stovetop, this dinner idea is one your family will ask for over and over again. It is perfect for the weekend when we can come together as a family around the table and linger over this tasty dish.

Pork chops in red sauce over rice with asparagus on a white plate on a dotted table mat.
Serve this simple recipe for pork chops in red sauce with rice and roasted asparagus for a delicious family dinner!

This Green Chile Pork Chops recipe is a sponsored post from One2One Network and The National Pork Board. All opinions stated are my own.

Ready in about an hour, these Green Chile Pork Chops in Red Sauce are full of flavors inspired by chile rellenos. The pork chops are moist and they are cheesy and soul-satisfying.

This is a recipe my mom used to make for us when I was a kid and they pair perfectly with white rice and a vegetable. SO yummy!

Why this recipe works

They aren’t pretty to look at but Green Chile Pork Chops are so tasty. Although they take a while to cook, the recipe is easy and can be made by all skill levels.

Pork Chops are super versatile and this might sound funny to say, but they can be dressed up or dressed down. I’m not talking about adding earrings and pumps, I’m just saying you can make these fancy for guests or as comfort food for your family.

Just like my Sweet and Sour Pork Chops, this recipe is pure comfort.

These Green Chile Pork Chops in Red Sauce are a great family dinner recipe since they aren’t spicy. The chiles bring plenty of flavor but are mild and perfect for kids.

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Ingredients

Ingredients to make Mexican style pork chops on a wooden countertop.

Onion and garlic are always amazing for adding layers of flavor to recipes and this Green Chile Pork Chop recipe is no different. It’s a great base to add on to.

Oregano and Cumin add additional flavor to the condensed tomato soup making it the perfect sauce to cook the pork chops in. The condensed soup gives it that super slow cooked flavor that makes it so good.

Green Chiles bring a yummy flavor without heat and add a little more texture to the sauce. I use mild chiles, but you can buy spicy if your family prefers it.

Cheddar cheese melts over the pork chops to finish off the dish and create a cheesy blanket.

Close up of a packet of pork chops.

Costco pork chops come in large packs and the chops are thick and juicy. It’s such a great value! One pack is enough for a large family meal with leftovers. Or you can try to split it into two meals.

I 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 Costco pork chops it looks like it is now my go-to pork product location too.

If you don’t have a Costco trip planned, obviously you can purchase from a regular store or Amazon fresh and it will still be delicious!

Directions

An overhead view of cooked onions in a frying pan with pork chops on a plate on the counter next to it.

Prepare the pork

Trim any excess fat off the pork chops.

Step 1

Brown both sides of the chops in a frying pan with a little bit of olive oil or butter. Remove from the pan and set aside.

Step 2

Add the garlic and onion to the pan and saute until the onion is translucent and starting to brown.

Browned pork chops being added to a simmering pan of red sauce.

Step 3

Add the green chilies, tomato soup, oregano and cumin to the onion and garlic in the frying pan and stir.

Step 4

Return the pork chops, and any juices that have collected on the plate, back in the frying pan. Cover and simmer for 45 minutes until the meat is no longer pink.

Stir the sauce several times throughout the cooking and baste the meat with the sauce. This helps to keep the pork chops moist and less likely to dry out.

The internal temperature for pork is supposed to be at least 145. I also prefer to do it a little bit longer because I like everything to be a little more well done.

Pork chops topped with cheddar cheese in a pan on the stove.

Step 5

When the chops are cooked through, sprinkle each chop with shredded cheddar cheese. Cover the pan and let stand for 3 to 5 minutes until the cheese melts.

Let Rest

Remove the pan from the heat and let them rest for about 5 minutes before serving.

Tips and tricks

  • I prefer sharp cheddar cheese but you can use whatever you like best. A Mexican cheese blend or medium cheddar are also delicious.
  • Buy pre-chopped onions to save time when prepping! Frozen Crushed Garlic cubes are also a great hack for putting together dinner quickly!
  • If you want the pork chops to cook quicker, you can buy thin cut, pound them or butterfly them.
  • You can use bone-in pork chops if you prefer but you may need to increase the cook time.
  • If you are pressed for time you can skip the browning of the pork chops. If you do this, you may lose some of the richness of flavor.
  • Check on the chops while cooking, from time to time, to give it a little stir so the sauce doesn’t burn on the bottom. 
Tomato sauce and cheese topped pork chops on a dinner plate with asparagus next to it.

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.

The sauce thickens and cooks down which really concentrates the flavors. Yum, right?

Frequently asked questions

What does green chile taste like?

Green chiles remind me of a sweeter, smoother green bell pepper. They can be mild or spicy (I prefer mild) and have a stronger smell than they do taste. They are a bit sweet while also being slightly pungent but blend in well with many other flavors.

How do you cook pork chops without them drying out?

There are many ways to cook pork chops to keep them from drying out. Bring the meat to room temperature before cooking. Also, cooking them in a sauce or liquid helps. Use a meat thermometer to ensure they are done. Then let them rest so the juices redistribute.

What can I substitute for a can of Green Chiles?

If you can’t find or don’t have a can of green chiles, you can use green bell pepper instead. Cut them into a small dice and cook them until really softened. If you wanted to have a little bit of heat, you could use jalapeno instead.

How do I store leftover pork chops?

If you have any leftover pork chops, store them with the sauce in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for a few days.

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Green Chile and cheese topped pork chops in tomato sauce in a frying pan.

Green Chile Pork Chops

Simmered in tomato sauce and smothered in cheddar cheese, these Green Chile Pork Chops are full of flavor and a delicious dinner idea for the family.
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Calories: 399kcal
Servings: 4 servings

Equipment

  • Frying Pan

Ingredients

Instructions

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

Notes

  • I prefer sharp cheddar cheese but you can use whatever you like best. A Mexican cheese blend or medium cheddar are also delicious.
  • Buy pre-chopped onions to save time when prepping! Frozen Crushed Garlic cubes are also a great hack for putting together dinner quickly!
  • If you want the pork chops to cook quicker, you can buy thin cut, pound them or butterfly them.
  • You can use bone-in pork chops if you prefer but you may need to increase the cook time.
  • If you are pressed for time you can skip the browning of the pork chops. If you do this, you may lose some of the richness of flavor.
  • If you have any leftover pork chops, store them with the sauce in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Nutrition

Serving: 1chop | Calories: 399kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 119mg | Sodium: 662mg | Potassium: 1085mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 668IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 264mg | Iron: 3mg
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36 Comments

  1. Bacon, ribs and chops! The whole shebang ;)

  2. 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!!

  3. BACON. Baconbaconbaconbaconbacon. And more bacon. :)

  4. I love pork tenderloin with some mccormick seasonings and mashed potatoes

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  5. I love pork tenderloin coated in mustard then rolled in BBQ seasoning. So frickin good sliced AND on sandwiches the next day!

  6. Yum! Easily my favorite is a thick cut butterfly pork chop cooked on the grill with barbeque seasoning…..sooooo good!

  7. Jeccica Simpson says:

    I love pork chops amd pork roasts, for pulled pork, or carnitas!
    Thanks for a chance!

  8. 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

  9. OH my yum! Must try this recipe!

  10. Jen [Tiny Oranges} says:

    I love pork chops! Great post – your photos are beautiful!

  11. We just had pork last night! I love it with apple chutney :) Chops are our favorite because they are so versatile!

  12. Wendy Wise says:

    I rarely cook pork, but the pork relleno recipe makes me want to make some!!! :)

  13. I think that the pork chops Relleno style sound perfect! I think that even my pork chop hating daughter would like that one.

  14. 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.

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