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Southwest Pork Chops

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Well it finally happened, it was too hot to grill outside last weekend! It’s really funny how much hotter 118 degrees feels versus 110 degrees, but it really did make a difference. So I decided to come up with something fun to make inside, on the stove, using a cast iron skillet…Southwest Pork Chops with sweet corn pan sauce…..

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I suppose I could have started this post with “Oops, I found another recipe in a magazine while in the grocery store”, LOL

In case you are wondering, the magazine is Cuisine For Two – Restaurant Quality – Weeknight Easy and it is on stands until August 8, 2016 if you would like to see what the original Spice-Rubbed Pork Chops recipe on page 50 looks like…it’s very different from my Southwest Pork Chops with sweet corn pan sauce!

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For starters, Southwest Seasoning is my go-to spice mix, and has way more flavor than onion powder, garlic powder, and paprika alone. The original also called for good quality dry sherry, NOT cooking sherry. Well I don’t have that, and I think tequila would go much better with my southwest version. 🙂

How to make Southwest Pork Chops with Sweet Corn Pan Sauce:

Sprinkle pork chops with southwest seasoning and rub to cover all sides…..

Southwest Pork Chops spice cookingwithcurls.com

Heat oil in a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add the pork chops and sear, covered, until golden brown, 4 to 6 minutes each side…..

Southwest Pork Chops pan cookingwithcurls.com

This is how we keep all of the juices inside. 😉 Uncover pan and cook until center of pork chop reaches 145 degrees…..

Southwest Pork Chops temp cookingwithcurls.com

Note: get closer to the bone with your thermometer than I did, it was still a bit pink right next to the bone.

Remove pork chops to a plate and tent with foil. Add garlic and oregano to the pan, and saute until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Carefully pour the tequila into the pan, scraping up all the brown bits off the bottom of the pan. Cook until reduced by half…..

Southwest Pork Chops deglaze cookingwithcurls.com

This is referred to as “deglazing the pan”. Stir in corn and cook until it softens, 2 to 3 minutes…..

Southwest Pork Chops corn cookingwithcurls.com

Remove from heat and stir in the butter until it blends into the sauce {emulsifies}. Stir in the tomatoes, green onions, and lime juice…..

Southwest Pork Chops butter cookingwithcurls.com

Yes, I put the butter in at the wrong time. 😉 Season to taste with sea salt and black pepper.

OMGosh, these pork chops were amazing!! They were juicy, and loaded with flavor…and the tequila was not even noticeable. The lime juice is just the right amount of tart to offset the sweetness of the corn, and probably the tequila.

  • I used Jose Cuervo Añejo {extra aged} tequila, not the silver {blanco} tequila that I use for margaritas. Añejo tequila is aged for at least a year and has a smoother, richer, and more complex flavor that made it perfect for this dish.
  • If you do not want to use alcohol in this dish, I’m not sure what I would substitute. Maybe chicken broth?

This was an awesome one pan Dinner for Two meal, but this Pub-Style Steak with caramelized shallot-lager sauce is pretty spectacular as well…..

Pub-Style Steak with caramelized shallots and roasted garlic, goat cheese, and chives butter - Delicious!! cookingwithcurls.com

Enjoy!!

Southwest Pork Chops with sweet corn pan sauce is the perfect dinner for two | cookingwithcurls.com

Southwest Pork Chops

These Southwest Pork Chops with sweet corn pan sauce are the perfect dinner for two...with big appetites!
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pork, chops, corn, southwest, recipe, pan, one
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 2 Servings
Calories: 752kcal
Author: Lisa Johnson

Equipment

  • Skillet

Ingredients

  • 2 bone-in pork chops 1-inch thick
  • 1 teaspoon southwest seasoning
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 large cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh oregano
  • ½ cup Añejo tequila aged, not silver (blanco)
  • 1 cup sweet corn fresh or defrosted
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ½ cup halved grape tomatoes
  • 3 green onions diced
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lime juice

Instructions

  • Sprinkle pork chops with southwest seasoning and rub to cover.
  • Heat oil in a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add the pork chops and sear, covered, until golden brown, 4 to 6 minutes each side.
  • Uncover pan and cook until center of pork chop reaches 145 degrees.
  • Remove pork chops to a plate and tent with foil.
  • Add garlic and oregano to the pan, and saute until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  • Carefully pour the tequila into the pan, scraping up all the brown bits off the bottom of the pan. Cook until reduced by half.
  • Stir in corn and cook until it softens, 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and stir in the butter until it blends into the sauce {emulsifies}. Stir in the tomatoes, green onions, and lime juice. Season to taste with sea salt and black pepper.

Notes

  • Southwest Seasoning Recipe
  • I used Jose Cuervo Añejo {extra aged} tequila, not the silver {blanco} tequila that I use for margaritas. Añejo tequila is aged for at least a year and has a smoother, richer, and more complex flavor that made it perfect for this dish.
  • If you do not want to use alcohol in this dish, I’m not sure what I would substitute. Maybe chicken broth?

Nutrition

Calories: 752kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 42g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 147mg | Sodium: 103mg | Potassium: 905mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1068IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 79mg | Iron: 3mg

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