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ciao bella mexicali pork chops

(6 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Anna Sciancalepore Antoniello
Benton, PA

This is a recipe I used to make when I first got married. Thanks to JAP, I have been reminded of all the recipes I used to make and haven't in a while. Enjoy!

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Your family will love the flavors in this pork chop casserole. It's a lovely prepare-ahead meal. Brown the pork chops, prepare the sauce (filled with tomatoes, corn, beans, rice, and green chiles), assemble the dish, and cover with foil. When it's dinnertime, just pop it in the oven to bake. The tomatoes and green chiles give this an incredible depth of flavor with the perfect amount of spice. This is a nice and hearty dinner.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(6 ratings)
yield 6 serving(s)
prep time 20 Min
cook time 40 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For ciao bella mexicali pork chops

  • 6
    pork chops, 1 inch thick
  • 1 Tbsp
    olive oil
  • 2 can
    diced tomatoes, plain or Mexican flavor (15 oz each)
  • 8 oz
    frozen or canned corn, drained
  • 1 can
    red kidney beans, drained and rinsed (15 oz)
  • 1/2 c
    rice, white or brown
  • 1 can
    diced green chiles, drained (4 oz)
  • 1 tsp
    chili powder
  • a few dashes of hot sauce, optional
  • salt and pepper, to taste

How To Make ciao bella mexicali pork chops

  • Browning one side of the pork chops.
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large skillet heat oil and brown pork chops on both sides.
  • Browned pork chops removed from the skillet and on a plate.
    Remove and set aside.
  • Tomatoes, corn, beans, rice, green chiles, chili powder, and hot sauce added to the skillet.
    Drain excess fat from the skillet. In the same pan, add undrained tomatoes, corn, beans, rice, green chiles, chili powder, and hot sauce.
  • Tomato mixture brought to a boil.
    Bring to a boil.
  • Tomato mixture poured into a baking dish.
    Place in a 9" X 13" baking dish.
  • Pork chops arranged in the baking dish.
    Arrange pork chops on top. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Baking dish covered with foil and baking.
    Cover and bake for 30 minutes.
  • Continuing to bake uncovered.
    Uncover and bake for 10 minutes more or until the rice is tender and the pork is no longer pink.