When it comes to food, the Dominican Republic is best known for its flavorful stews. Dominican-style pork chops are rich and juicy and offer delicious yet complex flavors that you will surely enjoy. Cooking in a cast iron skillet gives this dish so much flavor.
- Boneless pork chop: The boneless pork chop is the key ingredient in Dominican-Style Pork Chops. When choosing a boneless pork chop, look for one that is well-marbled and has good fat content. The fat will help keep the meat moist during cooking and add flavor.
- Lime juice: The lime juice helps tenderize the meat and adds a fresh, tart flavor that pairs well with the spices in the dish.
- Salt: Season with salt to add flavor.
- Oregano: Oregano adds a strong, pungent flavor and aroma to the dish.
- Garlic not only adds flavor but also helps tenderize the meat.
- Olive oil: adding olive oil can help to create a more flavorful and moist dish.
- Red Bell Pepper: The peppers add flavor and color to the dish, making it a favorite among Dominican cooks.
- Yellow Bell Pepper: yellow bell pepper provides a sweetness that helps to balance out the savory flavors of the dish. It also adds a pop of color to an otherwise brownish-colored dish.
- Onion: The onion adds flavor and tenderness to the meat. It is also used to make a sauce for pork chops.
- Green Olives: The olives add a salty, briny flavor that pairs perfectly with the other seasonings in the dish.
- Tomato sauce: The acidity of the tomato sauce helps balance out the richness of the pork chops while also adding sweetness to the dish.
Tips to Remember
Here are a few tips to remember while making this dish:
- Be sure to trim the fat off of the pork chops before cooking them. This will help to prevent them from drying out during the cooking process.
- Season the pork chops generously with salt and pepper before cooking. This will give them great flavor and help to keep them moist.
- When frying the pork chops, be sure to use hot oil so that they cook evenly on both sides.
- Once the pork chops are cooked, remove them from the heat and let them rest for a few minutes before serving.
What to serve Dominican-Style Pork Chops with?
- Maple-Bacon Brussels Sprouts: Maple-bacon Brussels sprouts go deliciously well with Dominican-style pork chops. The natural sweetness of the maple syrup complements the savory spices in the pork chop recipe perfectly.
- Cauliflower Gratin: Cauliflower gratin can be a good side dish for Dominican-style pork chops because it is savory and cheesy. The cauliflower gratin can help balance the pork chops’ spiciness.
- Baked Potatoes: baked potatoes are the perfect side dish for Dominican-style pork chops. The savory flavors of the pork chops pair perfectly with the creamy potatoes, and the dish is hearty enough to satisfy any appetite.
- Roasted Vegetables: The roasted vegetables are the perfect side to the pork chops.
Dominican-Style Pork Chop
- 15 3/4 ounces Pork Chop boneless
- 1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil divided
- 1 Red Bell Pepper medium, sliced
- 1 Yellow Bell Pepper medium, sliced 1 Yellow Onion (small, halved and sliced)
- 1 medium onion diced
- 1/4 cup Green Olives pitted, with brine
- 1/4 cup Tomato Sauce
- 2 tbsp Cilantro optional, chopped
Marinade for Pork Chop
- 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
- 4 Garlic clove, minced
- 2 tbsp Lime Juice
- 1/2 tsp Oregano
- In a bowl, mix the pork chops, lime juice, sea salt, oregano, and garlic. Set aside.
- Heat half of the oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Once the pan is hot, add the pork chops and cook for three to five minutes per side, or until the pork is cooked through. This timing will depend on the thickness of your pork chop. Remove from pan.
- Add the remaining oil to the pan and reduce the heat to medium-low. Add the peppers, onion, olives, and tomato sauce. Cook for 20 minutes or until the peppers are softened.
- Add the pork chops back in and toss to warm through. Top with cilantro. Divide evenly between plates and enjoy!