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Zesty Pork Chops

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Servings: 4

Simply delicious and ready in just 40 minutes, this recipe is sure to win over your family. Picante sauce, brown sugar and apples make ordinary pork chops extraordinary.


  4 bone-in pork chops (about 1 1/4 pounds)

  All-purpose flour

  1 cup Pace® Picante Sauce

  2 Tbs packed brown sugar

  1 apple, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch thick slices

  2 Tbs olive oil

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1 Coat the pork with the flour. Stir the picante sauce, brown sugar and apple in a medium bowl.

2 Heat the oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Add the pork and cook for 10 minutes or until well browned on both sides. Pour off any fat.

3 Pour the picante sauce mixture over the pork. Reduce the heat to low. Cover and cook for 20 minutes or until the pork is cooked through.

Recipe Tips:

Flavor Variation: You can really spice up this recipe by adding 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce to the picante sauce mixture.

Chef Tip: Try this autumn-inspired version! Substitute 1 1/4 pounds boneless pork shoulder, cut into 1-inch cubes, for the bone-in pork chops. Marinate the pork in apple cider to cover for 6 to 8 hours. Brown the pork as directed in Step 2, then add 1/4 cup applejack (a type of apple brandy), stirring to scrape up the browned bits from the bottom of the skillet.

For Step 3, pour the picante sauce mixture over the pork and heat to a boil. Reduce the heat to low. Cook for 20 minutes or until the pork is fork-tender. Stir 1 tablespoon butter into the skillet before serving. Serve over buttered noodles with braised red cabbage on the side.

Nutritional Information:

Calories 280

Total Fat 14g 

Saturated Fat 3g 

Cholesterol 63mg 

Sodium 481mg 

Total Carbohydrate 14g 

Dietary Fiber 2g 

Protein 22g