Thursday , 22 February 2018

Southwest Chili Rubbed Pork Chops with Chipotle Lime Veggies

In today’s frenetic and always on-the-go world, I’ve been trying to live more mindfully and work on enjoying each individual moment.

I’m not doing so well.

I’m one of those crazy, always like to be busy, always moving types.  I work the job I do because I loathe “downtime” at work.  I’d rather be pulled in a hundred different directions, with hard deadlines that need to be met, problems to be solved and a lot of troubleshooting.

So when I am relaxing I want to relax.  I’m talking full on slug mode on the couch, only broken by sips of water where I can completely shut my mind off and go brainless.  The TV might be on, but my mind is completely in a meditative state.

It’s definitely been a struggle to slow down and try to live in each moment.  Even eating is a struggle.  I spend a large chunk of time thinking/planning/making food and I constantly have to remind myself to actually slow down and savor each bite.  Cooking is really a prime example of my favorite way to unwind.  Time flies by and I find myself enjoying the rhythm of chopping onions, or sautéing a dish.  The sound of a pork chop sizzling on a grill pan, or water running as I rinse the frozen corn I’m defrosting.

This is one of those quick weeknight dinners.  Make a quick rub for a pork chop and throw it on the grill pan or, if the weather is nice, out on the grill.  Then mix together some corn, peas and broccoli with some chipotle chilies and lime to round the meal out.  I always brine pork chops for an hour, especially when cooking using a high heat method like grilling, but if you were really in a rush you could skip this step and just be extra careful during the cooking.

Southwest Chili Rubbed Pork Chops

Prep Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes

Cook Time: 7 minutes

Servings: 4

Calories per serving: 242

Fat per serving: 7.7

Southwest Chili Rubbed Pork Chops


  • 1 ¼ tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp each salt and brown sugar
  • ¾ tsp oregano
  • ½ tsp each freshly ground pepper, cumin, and chipotle chile powder
  • ¼ tsp coriander
  • 4 (6 – 7 oz) bone-in center cut pork chops, about ½ inch thick


  1. Heat a cast-iron grill pan over medium high heat for 5 min (yes time this portion – let it heat for 5 minutes before even thinking about cooking).
  2. Combine all rub ingredients and rub on each side of chops.
  3. After the cast-iron grill pan has pre-heated for at least 5 minutes, place pork chops on pan and cook for 4 minutes. Flip and cook for 3 more minutes.
  4. Remove pork chops to a plate and let rest for at least 5 minutes before serving.


To brine pork chops, combine 2 cups of cold water with ½ Tbsp kosher salt and ½ Tbsp sugar, stirring well to dissolve. Place chops into water and let sit in the fridge for at least 1 hour.


Chipotle Lime Veggies

Servings: 4

Calories per serving: 80

Fat per serving: 1.9

Chipotle Lime Veggies


  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 bunch of green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 ½ cup frozen chopped broccoli, defrosted
  • 1 cup frozen corn, defrosted
  • ½ cup frozen peas, defrosted
  • 1 chipotle chile in adobo sauce, minced + 1 Tbsp adobo sauce (could bump this up to 2 chilies + 2 Tbsp adobo sauce for more heat)
  • 1 ½ Tbsp lime juice
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste


  1. Heat 1 tsp olive oil over medium high heat. Add in green onions and sauté for 2 minutes. Add frozen veggies and sauté for 2 – 3 minutes until warmed through.
  2. Add in chipotle chile and adobo sauce and cook another minute. Remove from heat and stir in lime juice. Season to taste with salt and pepper.



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  1. Nami | Just One Cookbook

    Really quick and delicious meal! I love your chipotle lime veggies too!

  2. Oh, toe curl… chili, chipotle, lime… some of my favourite things combined into one dynamite dish! That’s such a great idea to dress up the veggies the way you have – I tend to focus on the main event but your chipotle lime veggies sound amazing and so easy to do – why not!

  3. Those pork chops are amazing – I love chipotle anything, but the color on your chops is fantastic. It sounds like you and I are two peas in a pod. I’m constantly busy at work and home. It drives my family crazy. 🙂

  4. I love quick and easy meals with flavor, and these dishes have flavor. I can’t resist chipotle! Good stuff – thanks.
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  5. What a great meal! Of course you know I love the flavors and the spice. Those vegetables look so colorful and healthy and the chipotle makes them perfect with the pork chops. I use to quick fry porkchops like this but haven’t done it in years! Thanks for the reminder of how quick and easy a pork is. Love the spice for the pork!

  6. These look amazing! Delicious!
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  7. Those grillmarks are perfect, nice simple dish! I want mine extra hot
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  8. this is such a fabulous meal! i’m especially loving those veggies – so much delicious flavor in there!

  9. Lovely flavors in both the rubbed chops and vegetables! I agree about working in the kitchen. I find it very relaxing…unless I’m entertaining – then I get a little more stressed hoping everything turns out alright.

  10. mmmm!! I love your pork chops! Never actually made pork chops before! Would love to try your simple and delicious recipe!!! 😀 😀 And yeah, I’m quite the same as you. I love being super busy too!! hehe.. But when I rest, I also go all out!

  11. This looks fantastic and delicious. I love quick and easy weeknight recipes like this one. 🙂 Yes, with the hectic life, I have to constantly remind myself to slow down and make each moment counts. 🙂

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