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Perfect Spanish Pork Chops Recipe

Something that makes us sad during the winter is that it also means that the time for barbecues is over.

It is already too cold to put the grill outside and cook a good dish of meat or vegetables.

Fortunately, some delicious Spanish meat recipes can be cooked in the oven or on the stove and will help us miss grilling and hot days less. One of them is the recipe for Spanish pork chops.

Spanish pork chops with tomato sauce, on a white plate decorated with parsley. Perfect Spanish Pork Chops Recipe

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In this article, we will tell you everything you need to know about how to make this pork chop recipe.

As well as some tips so that you can customize the recipe according to your tastes, your times, and what you have at your fingertips.

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closeup spanish with pork chops with gravy on a plate decorated with salad.

The Spanish pork recipes are one of the most popular recipes in the south of Spain since it is a region that has a large number of pigs. 

In this recipe for Spanish pork chops, other classic ingredients from the region such as tomato, garlic, onion, and olive oil are added.

This dish is similar to the one obtained with the recipe for pork chops and Spanish rice, but it is much easier since it does not have rice. 

At the time it was thought of as a lighter option for that dish with rice, but it is just as delicious.

The Spanish pork chops are one of the dishes that best know how to mix the flavors of Andalusia, although it still has some variations. 

In the northern region of Spain fried eggs are added, in other parts peas are added, etc.

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Things You’ll Need for Spanish Pork Chops

To make this Spanish-style pork chops, you only need pork chops, a couple of vegetables, and white wine. 

There are hundreds of ingredient changes you can make anyway, but more on those later.

If you are looking for other easy pork recipes from southern Spain, we recommend that you try Spanish pork cheeks, Spanish pork stew, or the Spanish pork skewers recipe.

2 spanish pork chops on a black plate.

Ingredients

  • 8 pork chops
  • 1 onion
  • 1 carrot
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 4 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 glass (150ml) white wine
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Black pepper (to taste)
  • Olive oil

How to Make Spanish Pork Chops – Step by Step Guide

preparing spanish pork chops recipe in a pot
  1. To start making this Spanish pork chops recipe, you have to season the chops with salt and pepper and seal them (when they get a golden-brown color) in a large pot with a splash of olive oil. Once they reach the desired color, add the bay leaf, the chopped onion, and the carrot.
  1. Once the onion begins to brown, add the garlic (it should be minced or chopped). Then add the paprika and tomato paste. Mix everything well and add the white wine. 
  1. Leave the pot over high heat for about three minutes so that the alcohol evaporates. After this time, you can cover and leave over low heat for about 30 minutes. Remove it from time to time so it doesn’t stick or burn.
  1. For the final step, take out the pork chops (set them aside) and the bay leaf and pass the sauce through the blender to get a smooth one (you can skip it, but it makes it look much better). Then adjust the salt and pepper if necessary, and re-introduce the pork chops to get them coated in the sauce.
  1. Now you can serve the chops with the sauce on top, after all this is a recipe for pork chops in the sauce so add as much as you want.

Substitution of Ingredients

spanish pork chops in a white plate served with mashed potato  on a wooden table.

Pork chops are the best part of pork, but you could make this same recipe using other parts. 

For example, you can use pork cheeks, and pork shoulder, although pork steak would still be the best replacement.

When it comes to cooking, you can also take inspiration from other Spanish pork dishes, and cook it in a similar way to how you would a Spanish pork roast.

In this case, grab a good-sized baking dish, sear the pork chops separately in a skillet, then pour all the ingredients into the dish and cook in the oven over medium heat for 30 minutes.

The time is similar, but if you don’t like using the pan so much or if your stove doesn’t have a powerful fire, this is a good option.

If you want to try other meaty recipes from Spain, we encourage you to try Crispy Baked Lamb, chorizo recipe in cider or Spanish meatballs recipe.

Tips on Serving Spanish Pork Chops

spanish Pork chop and gravy with fries and salad

If you make this pork recipe, then you can eat it for both dinner and lunch.

Of course, it’s one of the most popular pork dinner ideas, but you can serve it at lunch (it’s perfect for a Sunday family lunch).

If you want to transform it into a more filling dish, then you can transform it into a bowl of Spanish rice and beans with pork. 

You just have to prepare a little rice (better if it is white) with olive oil, add some beans, and serve it as an accompaniment to the chops.

The Spanish mashed potatoes with manchego cheese and butter are also a great side dish for this pork chops.

This Spanish pork has a good amount of sauce, so make sure you have some bread nearby to dip it into. 

Don’t know what to serve with Spanish pork chops? Serve them with some fries and salad, they’ll be delicious.

If that sauce for pork chops seems too simple to you, you can add 2 tablespoons of BBQ sauce while you cook it to give it a smoked flavor.

And try the Spanish pulled pork as well, for it’s a delicious pork recipe that has all the best Spanish spices and seasonings.

How to Store Spanish Pork Chops

How to Store Spanish Pork Chops. An open fridge with various vegetables and fruits in plastic containers.

This recipe for Spanish pork chops in tomato sauce is fantastic because you can store them in the freezer or refrigerator without any problem. 

In both cases, you must let it reach room temperature and store it in a closed container.

These Spanish pork chops can last up to 4 days in the fridge. You must heat it in an oven, or in a pot and take it to the stove since if you do it in the microwave it will toughen the meat.

Unlike other pork dishes, this one has sauce, so we recommend that if you are going to freeze it, you store it separately. 

When frozen, the sauce may crystallize or take on a not-so-fresh flavor, so if that happens, you should only discard the sauce and not the entire dish.

In the freezer they can last up to 30 days, then the night before serving them you should let them thaw in the fridge. Never let it thaw at room temperature.

Recipe Card: Spanish Pork Chops

Yield: 4

Spanish Pork Chops Recipe

spanish pork chops with tomato sauce, on a white plate decorated with parsley,

Something that makes us sad during the winter is that it also means that the time for barbecues is over.

It is already too cold to put the grill outside and cook a good dish of meat or vegetables.

Fortunately, some delicious pork recipes can be cooked in the oven or on the stove and will help us miss grilling and hot days less. One of them is the recipe for Spanish pork chops.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes

Ingredients

  • 8 pork chops
  • 1 onion
  • 1 carrot
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 4 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 glass (150ml) white wine
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Black pepper (to taste)
  • Olive oil

Instructions

  1. Season the pork chops with salt and pepper, and start sealing them in a large pot with a splash of olive oil. When they are taking the golden-brown color on the outside add the bay leaf, the chopped onion, and the carrot.
  2. When the onion begins to brown, add the garlic, also chopped. Then add the paprika and tomato paste. Mix everything well and add the white wine.
  3. Leave over high heat for about three minutes so that the alcohol evaporates and after this time, cover and leave over low heat for about 30 minutes. Remove it from time to time so it doesn't stick.
  4. Then take out the chops and the bay leaf and pass the sauce through the blender. Adjust the salt or pepper if necessary and re-introduce the pork chops.
  5. Serve the chops with the sauce on top.

Notes

Note that for this Spanish pork recipe you are supposed to use 1 glass of white wine (150ml), not 1 cup (240ml). 

You can measure one glass with any regular or wine glass you have on hand, better if it is a measuring glass that lets you calculate the ml.

Nutrition Information

Yield

4

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 577Total Fat 40gSaturated Fat 14.9gCholesterol 138mgSodium 180mgCarbohydrates 8.9gFiber 1.9gSugar 4.3gProtein 37.3g

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