Grilled Southwestern Pork Chops

Yippee-ay-oh-so-good! Chili powder, cumin, red pepper and garlic rub these flavorful chops just the right way.

  • Prep Time 5 min
  • Total Time 47 min
  • Servings 8

Ingredients

1
tablespoon chili powder
1
tablespoon vegetable oil
1
teaspoon ground cumin
1/4
teaspoon salt
1/4
teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)
1
large garlic clove, finely chopped
8
pork loin or rib chops, 1/2 inch thick (2 1/2 pounds)
  • 1 Mix all ingredients except pork.
  • 2 Spread chili powder mixture evenly on both sides of pork. Cover and refrigerate at least 30 minutes but no longer then 24 hours.
  • 3 Heat coals or gas grill for direct heat. Cover and grill pork 4 to 6 inches from medium heat 10 to 12 minutes, turning frequently, until slightly pink when cut near bone.

Expert Tips

Cumin, or comino, has a long culinary history dating back to the Old Testament. Its aromatic, nutty flavor, whether ground or in the form of a seed, is a common ingredient in southwestern, Middle Eastern, Asian and Mediterranean cuisine.

Place chops on a serving platter, and garnish with fresh cilantro sprigs and small clusters of red and green chilies.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
185
(
Calories from Fat
90 ),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
10 g
10 %
(Saturated Fat
3 g,
3 %
),
Cholesterol
65 mg
65 %;
Sodium
270 mg
270 %;
Total Carbohydrate
1 g
1 %
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
),
Protein
23 g
23 %
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
6%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
0%;
Iron
4%;
Exchanges:
3 Lean Meat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.