Santa Fe Chops with Firecracker Salsa

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Quick Facts

Servings: 6
Prep Time: 10 min.
Cook Time: 15 min.
Total: 25 min.
Southwest-seasoned chops arrive from the grill to be dressed with a sweet-hot pineapple-jalapeño-cucumber salsa.


  • 6 boneless pork center loin chops, 1 1/2-inch thick
  • 1 Tbs chili powder
  • 1 Tbs ground cumin
  • 1 Tbs ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Firecracker Salsa1 jalapeño chile, seeded and minced (wear rubber gloves when handling hot chile)
  • 1 20 oz can pineapple tidbits, drained
  • 1 medium cucumber, diced
  • 1 Tbs lime juice
  • 1 Tbs brown sugar
  • pinch salt


  • In small bowl mix together chili powder, cumin, pepper and salt. Rub evenly onto both sides of chops. Prepare a medium-hot fire in a kettle-style grill. Grill chops directly over fire for a total of 12-15 minutes, turning once, until internal temperature on a thermometer reads 160° F. Serve with Firecracker Salsa.
  • Firecracker SalsaIn small bowl stir together pineapple tidbits, diced cucumber, lime juice, brown sugar, salt, and jalapeño chile. Cover and refrigerate 4-24 hours to allow flavors to blend.
Recipe courtesy of the National Pork Board

Nutrition Facts

Calories 232
  Calories from Fat 66 (28%)
(11%)Total Fat 7g
(12%)Saturated Fat 2g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
(22%)Cholesterol 67mg
(11%)Sodium 263mg
(17%)Potassium 609mg
Total Carbohydrate 20g
(9%)Dietary Fiber 2g
Sugars 16g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
(45%)Protein 23g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.

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