Pork chops are an excellent option for a satisfying, everyday family meal. They can be cooked in a variety of ways, and they marry beautifully with many different ingredients.
This pork chop recipe includes tomatoes, garlic, onions, and thyme. It's a basic combination that flavors the pork nicely. The meal is budget-friendly, to boot.
There are many variations you might use for seasoning the pork. Some additional herbs and spices that go particularly well with the pork and tomatoes include bay leaves, thyme, rosemary, fennel, leeks, mint, and parsley. Feel free to add some rosemary to the thyme or change the flavors up to suit your taste. Basil and oregano will give the dish Italian flavors, while Creole seasoning will give it Louisiana flavor. Some chili powder will make it a Tex-Mex dish. Use your favorite flavor profile.
Consider replacing 1/4 to 1/2 cup of the chicken stock with dry white wine for depth of flavor. If you're lucky enough to have an abundance of garden-fresh tomatoes you might want to replace each can of tomatoes with 2 cups of fresh chopped tomatoes.
The dish calls for center cut chops, but feel free to use another type of pork chop. If shoulder chops or sirloin chops are used, increase the simmering time to about 1 hour, or until they are tender.
The recipe is easily scaled down; for 2 to 3 servings, cut all ingredients by half.
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 6 large pork chops (bone-in, center cut, about 1 inch in thickness)
- 1 medium onion
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 (14.5-ounce) cans diced tomatoes
- 1 1/4 cups chicken broth
- 1 tablespoon thyme
- Kosher salt and pepper, to taste
- Heat the oil in a large skillet or sauté pan over medium-high heat, brown the pork chops on both sides. Drain off excess fat. Remove the pork chops and set aside.
- Peel the onion and cut it in half lengthwise. cut the halves into thin slices.
- Add the sliced onion to the pan and reduce the heat to medium-low. Continue to cook for 2 to 3 minutes, or until softened.
- Add the pork chops back to the pan with the remaining ingredients; reduce the heat to low. Cover the pan and simmer for about 30 minutes, or until the chops register at least 145 F.
- Serve the pork chops with the tomato sauce over hot cooked rice or with boiled or mashed potatoes.
About Pork Chops
There are several types of pork chops to choose from and different cooking methods for each one. Rib chops, loin chops, and boneless chops are best when cooked to a temperature in the range of 145 F to 160 F. Overcooking can dry the meat out and make it tough. Shoulder chops and sirloin chops benefit from slow, moist heat. Shoulder and sirloin chops are perfect for braises and slow cooked dishes.