Southwestern Spiced Grilled Pork Chops with Plum Jalapeno Salsa

4.75 from 4 votes
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Southwestern Spiced Grilled Pork Chops with Plum Jalapeno Salsa is a delicious, summery dinner for two, perfect for a date night or a weeknight dinner. For another easy pork chop recipe, try my Asian Pork Chops!
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Hey, all!  I’m sharing something very special for an easy date night dinner for two that is super easy to pull together!  I’ve also got some great summer entertaining tips!

Summer entertaining tips:

    • Create a defined outdoor “dining room” with the outdoor furniture you already have or borrow a few pieces from inside your home.
    • Borrow from your yard and garden to create an unfussy centerpiece such as floating a large flower or even several in a glass bowl.
    • Use flameless battery-powered candles on your table so you don’t have to worry about them being knocked over or the wind blowing them out.
    • Repurpose white Christmas lights by hanging them around your party area to set a festive mood.
    • Keep dinnerware casual.  Use pretty disposables, melamine or even mismatched pieces from second-hand stores.
    • Use a decorative tub or trough filled with plenty of ice to keep drinks cool.
    • Keep the food seasonal and casual.  Serve lots of salads, vegetables and fruit.
    • Keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold.
    • Be aware of cross-contamination when grilling meats.  Always use a clean platter for the finished product.
    • Set plenty of citronella candles around the party area to keep bugs away.

How to make Southwestern Spiced Grilled Pork Chops with Plum Jalapeno Salsa:

    • Start with two thick bone-in pork rib chops.
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    • Combine all the spices in a small bowl then transfer to a jar and keep airtight.  The rub recipe makes plenty so you can use it all summer long!
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    • Generously season the pork chops with the spice rub.  Then grill.
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    • While the pork chops are grilling, prepare this fresh, spicy plum and jalapeno salsa.
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    • Combine all the salsa ingredients in a bowl then serve with the chops.
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What could be easier?
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Serve with some simply grilled vegetables on the side and you’ve got a wonderful, casual summertime dinner for two!

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Southwestern Spiced Grilled Pork Chops with Plum Jalapeno Salsa

4.75 from 4 votes

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By: Carol | From A Chef's Kitchen
Southwestern-Spiced Grilled Pork Chops with Plum Jalapeno Salsa is a delicious, summery date night dinner for two that you can pull together easily!
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Pork
Cuisine Southwestern / Mexican
Servings 2
Calories 456 kcal

Ingredients
  

Southwestern Spice Rub

  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano - preferably Mexican
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper

Salsa

  • 4 large plums - ripe but firm, pitted and chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper - seeded if desired
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 3 tablespoon honey - or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • Salt - to taste

Pork Chops

  • 2 bone-in rib pork chops - (10-12 ounce)
  • Canola or olive oil - for grill

Instructions
 

Southwestern Spice Rub

  • Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Store in an airtight container.

Salsa

  • Combine all ingredients in a small bowl.

Pork Chops

  • Preheat a grill to medium-high. Generously season chops with spice mixture.
  • Lightly brush grates of the grill with a small amount of oil. Place the pork chops on the grill. Cook 4-5 minutes on the first side.
  • Flip and cook an additional 2-3 minutes or until pork chops reach an internal temperature of 155 degrees.
  • Serve chops with salsa.

Notes

MAKE AHEAD:  Salsa can be made 1 hour ahead and refrigerated.  Chops can be seasoned with spice rub up to 24 hours ahead of time and refrigerated.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 456kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 90mg | Sodium: 2600mg | Potassium: 1214mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 41g | Vitamin A: 4321IU | Vitamin C: 24mg | Calcium: 171mg | Iron: 7mg

These are estimated values generated from a nutritional database using unbranded products. Please do your own research with the products you're using if you have a serious health issue or are following a specific diet.

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