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Tequila Lime Pork Chops

July 13, 2020 (Last Updated: July 27, 2020)

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Tequila lime pork chops are a pan fried pork chop topped with a light sauce made with tequila, fresh squeezed lime juice, garlic, shallots and butter. These pork chops can be made in under 30 minutes!

Boneless pork chop topped with a light sauce and jalapeno slices.

Pan fried pork chops

This is a super simple but amazingly delicious dish. These pork chops are moist and tender and are topped with a butter sauce that is out of this world!

The key to perfectly cooked pork chops is a hot pan and timing. That and not touching the pork chops until they are ready to be turned. That is truly the most difficult part for me – not peaking at the meat to see if it is beautifully browned.

Tequila lime pork chops on a white plate with lime wedges.

Steps for perfectly cooked pork chops

Full printable recipe is available below! Just scroll to the bottom!

  1. Use thick boneless pork chops. Mine were 1 inch thick.
  2. Pat both sides of pork chops dry with a paper towel.
  3. Preheat your pan over medium high heat.
  4. Add olive oil – the olive oil should be shimmering in the pan
  5. Add pork chops. Do not let pork chops touch. They each need their own space. If you don’t have enough room in your pan, use two pans or cook in two separate batches
  6. Set the timer for 3 minutes. Let pork chops cook – don’t peak and don’t move them around!
  7. After 3 minutes, peak at one pork chop. If it’s a dark golden color, turn pork chops. If not, set timer for one more minute and don’t touch the rest of the pork chops. The time may vary between 3 and 4 minutes depending on your pan and your temperature. Mine were seared perfectly at 4 minutes.
  8. Sear second side for 3 or 4 minutes (times should be the same as the first side) Do not touch or wiggle!
  9. Add liquid to pan and cover, allowing pork chops to cook for an additional 2 minutes.
  10. Remove pork chops from pan and cover with foil for at 5 – 10 minutes.
Seared pork chops in a pan.

Key ingredients

  • Pork Chops – For this recipe, I used boneless pork chops that were about 1 inch thick
  • Tequila – Use whatever you have in your cupboard. The alcohol will cook out so this dish is safe to serve to everyone. You could substitute all chicken broth for the tequila if desired.
  • Chicken broth – Homemade or store bought. Use a low or no-salt added variety.
  • Lime juice – Fresh squeezed is best!
  • Garlic – Finely chopped
  • Shallots – Finely chopped – can be omitted if you don’t have on hand
  • Cumin Seeds – Whole seeds, not ground
  • Jalapenos – Just a few slices of fresh jalapenos is all you need. Don’t worry about the dish being spicy – it’s not at all. In fact you really don’t even know they are there at all.
  • Butter – Don’t skimp here! This brings your sauce together and makes it unbelievable! I used salted butter
Uncooked boneless pork chops on a white plate.

What to serve with tequila pork chops?

I like to keep it simple letting the tequila lime pork chops be the star of the show. Some of my favorite sides include:

A dinner plate with a pork chop and fresh veggies.

Additional tips

  • Pull pork chops out of fridge and place on a plate for up to 30 minutes before cooking. Letting the pork chops warm up a bit helps with the cooking process and ensures more even cooking. If you don’t have 30 minutes, allow as much time as you have. Even 10 minutes is better than straight from the fridge.
  • Sprinkle both sides of pork with salt as soon as you remove from the fridge.
  • Just before cooking, be certain to remove all excess moisture from the pork chops with a paper towel. This ensures a good sear.
  • Once pork is in the pan, don’t touch them until you’re ready to flip them.
  • Allow pork to rest for 5 – 10 minutes after cooking. Cover loosely with foil to keep warm.
  • As soon as the sauce is done, serve right away.
  • Taste sauce before serving. If too salty, add more fresh squeezed lime juice to help balance the flavors.
  • Garnish with freshly chopped parsley and lime wedges.

What if my sauce breaks?

This sauce is rich and glossy, but if heated for too long or on too high of heat, it can break or become separated and look oily. No worries though, you can still rescue it!

Splash a small amount of water into the hot pan and whisk until the sauce comes back together.

Tequila Lime Pork chops on a plate with fresh lime wedges and sliced vegetables.

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Boneless pork chop topped with a light sauce and jalapeno slices.

Tequila Lime Pork Chops

Kathy
Pan fried pork chops finished with a butter pan sauce made with tequila, lime juice, garlic and cumin.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people
Calories 454 kcal

Ingredients
  

Pork Chops

  • 4 Pork Chops (boneless, 1 inch thick)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 2 cloves Garlic (minced)
  • 2 tablespoons shallots (minced)
  • 1/4 cup tequila
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth

Sauce

  • 1/4 cup tequila
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 jalapeno (sliced thinly)
  • 1/2 lime
  • 1 teaspoon parsley (for garnish)
  • 1/2 lime (cut into wedges for garnish)

Instructions
 

Pork Chops

  • Remove pork from fridge for 10 – 30 minutes prior to cooking. Sprinkle both sides of pork lightly with salt.
  • Preheat a heavy pan over medium high heat. Add olive oil.
    Pat both sides of pork chops dry with a paper towel. When olive oil is shimmering, add pork.
    Do not overcrowd pan or let pork chops touch each other. Once in pan, don't touch or move for at least 3 minutes!
  • Check pork after 3 minutes. If nicely seared, flip all pork chops and cook other side for 3 minutes. If needed you can cook for one additional minute to achieve a golden sear.
  • Turn heat off and add garlic and shallots and 1/4 cup tequila and 1/4 cup chicken broth. Place cover on pan and turn burner back on to medium low heat. Cook for 2 minutes.
  • Remove pork chops from pan and cover loosely with foil.

Sauce

  • Return heat to medium high. Add remaining tequila and chicken broth. Add cumin seeds. Allow sauce to reduce by half (about 2 – 3 minutes)
  • Reduce to medium low. Add butter and whisk while melting. Add jalapeno slices and freshly squeezed lime juice.
  • Continue cooking over medium low heat until sauce is smooth and slightly thickened.
  • Serve immediately over pork chops.
  • Garnish with freshly chopped parsley and lime wedges.

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Notes

Tips:
  • Pull pork chops out of fridge and place on a plate for up to 30 minutes before cooking. Letting the pork chops warm up a bit helps with the cooking process and ensures more even cooking. If you don’t have 30 minutes, allow as much time as you have. Even 10 minutes is better than straight from the fridge.
  • Sprinkle both sides of pork with salt as soon as you remove from the fridge.
  • Just before cooking, be certain to remove all excess moisture from the pork chops with a paper towel. This ensures a good sear.
  • Once pork is in the pan, don’t touch them until you’re ready to flip them.
  • Allow pork to rest for 5 – 10 minutes after cooking. Cover loosely with foil to keep warm.
  • As soon as the sauce is done, serve right away.
  • Taste sauce before serving. If too salty, add more fresh squeezed lime juice to help balance the flavors.
  • Garnish with freshly chopped parsley and lime wedges.
What if my sauce breaks?
This sauce is rich and glossy, but if heated for too long or on too high of heat, it can break or become separated and look oily. No worries though, you can still rescue it!
Splash a small amount of water into the hot pan and whisk until the sauce comes back together.

Nutrition

Serving: 1Pork ChopCalories: 454kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 29gFat: 28gSaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 120mgSodium: 420mgPotassium: 540mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 373IUVitamin C: 10mgCalcium: 21mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Pan Fried Pork Chops, Pork Chops, Tequila Lime Pork Chops
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7 Comments

  • Reply
    Rahul @samosastreet.com
    August 3, 2020 at 10:45 pm

    Hey Kathy, Totally love this recipe , Instead of pork can I use chicken thighs or breast. My wife does not eat pork.
    How are you .. I remember I am here after such long time. Hope you are doing good.

    have a great day!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      August 4, 2020 at 5:45 am

      Hi Rahul!
      Yes, you can use chicken instead of the pork. The cook time may vary a bit, depending on what cut you choose. You’ll want to make certain the chicken is fully cooked. The rest of the steps will remain the same. It’s good to have you back! Thanks so much πŸ™‚
      Kathy

  • Reply
    Dawn - Girl Heart Food
    July 15, 2020 at 4:57 am

    5 stars
    What a fabulous combination and fantastic meal, Kathy! Bet it’s bursting with flavour. Looks so delicious too. Pinned πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    July 14, 2020 at 5:20 am

    5 stars
    These pork chops look incredible, Kathy! I’ve made a sorta similar recipe using chicken breasts on the grill before, but now I want to try it with pork chops. And that sauce? I think I could eat that with a spoon!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      July 14, 2020 at 6:29 am

      The sauce is pretty incredible! I’ve been know to lick the pan – just don’t tell anyone! πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    Valentina
    July 13, 2020 at 10:03 am

    5 stars
    While I can’t drink it, I think tequila is so good in sauces and marinades. Looks so tasty with the shallots and garlic soaking up all of that caramelized goodness in the pan. YUM! πŸ™‚ ~Valentina

    • Reply
      Kathy
      July 13, 2020 at 10:45 am

      And just in case, the tequila can be omitted. Just use all chicken broth instead!

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