Pork Chops in Orange Chile Sauce

Total Time
Prep 35 mins
Cook 20 mins

Based on Lynne Rossetto Kasper's improvisation of a classic combination she learned from Ron Bechtol, a gifted cook who divides his time between San Antonio and Mexico. Recalling the Mexican stew using the same flavors, I was instantly drawn to this recipe. Below is my rendition.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. To prepare marinade, begin by first toasting the chiles in a hot skillet for a minute or so until they begin to emit a peppery fragrance. Cast iron works best.
  2. Remove tops from peppers and split into 2 or 3 large pieces. If you want a milder sauce, discard the seeds. Place the pieces in a cup of boiling water for 20 minutes to soften.
  3. Loosely drain water and place chiles in a blender with the garlic, salt, pepper, brown sugar, orange zest, orange segments, orange juice concentrate, and broth. Blend into a pureé.
  4. Place the marinade in a resealable bag or container. Add the chops and marinade in the ice box for 8 to 24 hours. Longer really is better.
  5. To prepare the chops, remove chops from marinade and lightly pat dry. Reserve marinade for the sauce.
  6. Heat skillet until hot but not smoking. Add a little oil to coat the pan. Cook pork chops for 1 to 2 minutes on each side to get a nice brown sear. Reduce the heat to medium and add in the resrved marinade. Cook for 15 to 20 minutes until the chops are tender.
  7. Remove chops from pan and place on plate and tent to keep hot. If you would like a thicker more intensely flavored sauce, reduce heat a small amount and cook down for a few minutes.
Most Helpful

Great chops!! They weren't too spicy (probably because I accidently lost most of the seeds when I drained the peppers, lol), but had a really nice smokey flavor. Loved the hint of orange in these too. Thanks Toni for another great recipe. Made for Zaar Stars Tag.

lazyme August 13, 2009

This is an outstanding recipe and one that I will be making again. The chops were left in the marinade overnight. They are tender, moist. They were served with baked sweet potatoes and a side salad. Made for *Give Me 5*

PaulaG March 22, 2009

I used jalapeno peppers in place of the ancho chilies, and discarded the seeds due to "Whimps" for friends, who don't like a lot of heat. They were pleasantly surprised with the finished product and enjoyed them as much as I did. This is a delicious way to make chops and the chops were so flavorful and tender! The sauce was "To Die For" good and this will be repeated here soon, the next time with rice so I can pour some of the sauce on top! Thank you for sharing this recipe with us Toni! Made for 123 Hit Wonders 2/09 Linda

Linda's Busy Kitchen February 25, 2009