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Zesty Pork Chops

  • prep time: 10 min
  • total time: 40 min
  • serves: 4 people
  • calories: 256 1 serving

Simply delicious and ready in just 40 minutes, this recipe is sure to win over your family. The combination of picante sauce, brown sugar and apples infuses great flavor and ensures perfectly moist pork chops each and every time.


cost per recipe: $3.32

  • 4 bone-in pork chop (about 1 1/4 pounds)
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup Pace® Picante Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 1 apple, peeled, cored and cut into 3/4-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil


  • Tips

    • Flavor Variation: You can really spice up this recipe by adding 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce to the picante sauce mixture.
    • Chef Tip: Try this autumn-inspired version!  Substitute 1 1/4 pounds boneless pork shoulder, cut into 1-inch cubes, for the bone-in pork chops.  Marinate the pork in apple cider to cover for 6 to 8 hours.  Brown the pork as directed in Step 2, then add 1/4 cup applejack (a type of apple brandy), stirring to scrape up the browned bits from the bottom of the skillet.  For Step 3, pour the picante sauce mixture over the pork and heat to a boil.  Reduce the heat to low.  Cook for 20 minutes or until the pork is fork-tender.  Stir 1 tablespoon butter into the skillet before serving.  Serve over buttered noodles with braised red cabbage on the side.
  • Step 1

    Season the pork as desired.  Coat the pork with the flour. Stir the picante sauce, brown sugar and apple in a medium bowl.

  • Step 2

    Heat the oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat.  Add the pork and cook for 10 minutes or until well browned on both sides.  Pour off any fat.

  • Step 3

    Pour the picante sauce mixture over the pork.  Reduce the heat to low.  Cover and cook for 20 minutes or until the pork is cooked through.  Season to taste.


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  • This recipe has LOTS of flavor

    March 6, 2015

    On 2 butterfly boneless pork chops, I used mild salsa & instead of apples I used a cup of apple sauce. My family said I need to make this again.

  • Easy and good

    June 10, 2015

    I originally had a this recipe, minus the apple slices, for chicken breasts. I liked it so much that I adapted that recipe to use for port chops as well as shrimp or fish.

  • this is a great reciepe

    RAY J.
    November 15, 2013

    easy to make and tastes great

  • Love It!!

    October 23, 2013

    I loved this recipe! So easy to make and very quick!

  • Super fast Super easy!

    Khamisi G.
    September 8, 2013

    I paired this meal with egg noodles as someone else suggested. It was perfect! Lay the pork chop right on the noodles with extra sauce; you will melt. My mom especially loved it as well as my hubby. They both requested that I make it again.

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    Calories 256
    Total Fat 12 g
    Sat. Fat 2.7 g
    Trans Fat 0 g
    Cholesterol 48 mg
    Sodium 533 mg
    Total Carb 19 g
    Dietary Fiber 2 g
    Sugar 13 g
    Added Sugars 0 g
    Protein 16 g
    Vitamin D 3 %DV
    Calcium 3 %DV
    Iron 6 %DV
    Potassium 8 %DV

    This nutritional information refers to each serving of the entire recipe and not just the products used as ingredients.