Spiced Pork Chops with Zucchini and Onion

Spiced Pork Chops with Zucchini and Onion
Photo: Blaine Moats
Prep Time:
20 mins
Grill Time:
11 mins
Total Time:
31 mins


  • 1 tablespoon ground New Mexico chile pepper or chili powder

  • 1 ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder

  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 4 bone-in pork loin chops, about 1 inch thick

  • 6 - 7 small zucchini, sliced lengthwise 1/4 inch thick

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon dried Mexican oregano, crushed

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • ½ cup crumbled queso fresco

  • ¼ cup snipped fresh cilantro

  • ¼ cup finely chopped red onion

  • Lime wedges


  1. In a small bowl combine the ground chile pepper, 1 teaspoon of the salt, brown sugar, cocoa powder, and cayenne pepper. Rub onto all sides of the chops.

  2. Toss zucchini with olive oil to lightly coat. Season with the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, the dried oregano, and black pepper.

  3. For a charcoal or gas grill, grill the chops on the greased rack of a covered grill directly over medium heat for 11 to 13 minutes (150°F), turning once. Add the zucchini the last 4 minutes of grilling or until crisp tender, turning once.

  4. Arrange zucchini and chops on serving plates. Top with queso fresco, cilantro, and red onion. Garnish with lime wedges.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

385 Calories
21g Fat
11g Carbs
37g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 385
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g 27%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 95mg 32%
Sodium 1005mg 44%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 37g
Vitamin C 41.3mg 207%
Calcium 161.5mg 12%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 1032mg 22%
Folate, total 56.4mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.9mcg
Vitamin B-6 1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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