Pork Chops a la Madrilene: A Recipe for Spanish Pork Chops

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"Chuletas de cero a la Madrilena," as the name implies, is a Spanish pork chops recipe from Madrid. It is an easy and quick recipe, prepared in about 30 minutes. Looking for a new way to spice up pork chops? You may want to try this recipe, which serves four people.

Paprika, onions, and garlic smother the pork chops adding some big flavors without being too bold. Served with mashed or roast potatoes, it is a delicious Spanish dish, especially in fall or winter.

What You'll Need

  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 4 sprigs parsley
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 tbsp. Spanish sweet paprika
  • 5 tbsp. olive oil
  • 4 pork loin chops (5 oz. each)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

How to Make It

Note: Use either pork chops or boneless pork loin chops sliced about 1/3- to 1/2-inch thick.

  1. Preheat the oven to 425  degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Finely chop the garlic, parsley, and onion. Combine them together in a medium mixing bowl.
  3. Season with the paprika, pepper, and salt. Moisten the mixture with 3 tbsp. of olive oil. Don't add too much oil -- it should be a fairly thick consistency.
  4. Grease a roasting pan with oil or line it with aluminum foil. Season the chops, covering them with the mixture and place in roasting pan. Spoon any remaining onion mixture between the chops.
  5. Roast in a hot oven at 425 F for 12 minutes. Turn chops over, piling the onion mixture on top of the chops again and roast another 12 to 13 minutes. If pork is cooked, but onion mixture is not fully cooked, quickly saute onion mixture in a heavy-bottomed frying pan until cooked.
  6. Serve the pork chop and herb sauce on top. Add mashed potatoes or roasted paprika potatoes on the side for a wonderful Spanish dinner.

Pork and Chorizo

Pork, which is known as card in Spain, is eaten often in Spain in many different ways.  One of the favorite Spanish foods is Spanish chorizo or sausage. Learn more about chorizo in the What is Chorizo? FAQ.

Just note that Mexican and Spanish chorizo types are different. Mexican chorizo is a spicy ground meat sausage that is often sold loose or in a casing, but fresh and uncooked. It is a fatty sausage that can include beef. Spanish chorizo, on the other hand, is a cured, dried sausage. It is sold in a casing and found with other meats such as salami. This type of chorizo can be unsmoked or smoked -- and sweet or spicy, too. 

Pork-Based Meals in Spain

Some other pork meals that are popular in Spain include fabada, which includes white face bean and is a one-pot meal that is served with many pork types of meat.  Spanish Style Pork Rib Roast with Romesco Sauce is another meal that has sweet-smoky Romesco sauce. Spanish Stewed Pork Chops, also known as Chuletas Guisadas, are another popular dish that includes pork chops as well as  white wine, adobo, and sofrito.