Ancho Chili Rubbed Pork Chops

These Ancho Chili Rubbed Pork Chops are quick and easy to make on the grill and perfect for busy and hot summer days!

I wanted to start this post by saying “These Ancho Chili Rubbed Pork Chops are brought to you by one tired girl.”  But, the fear of putting you to sleep, kept me from starting out that way. Oops! To late. 🙂

Ancho Chili Rubbed Pork Chops | Inspiration Kitchen The truth is, I don’t know if it’s because I recently returned from my whirlwind press trip to Alaska (the kick-off story is here) or whether it’s the fact that the long summer days are just busier.  I admit, I still haven’t figured out the answer to that one!

What I did learn is, that I need many, many more quick and easy recipes so that I can get dinner on the table before everyone {me} resorts to gnawing off their arm.

These quick and easy pork chops were the result of that desperation. And, they turned out so fresh, light and wonderful when served with an equally quick corn saute, that I wanted to share it.

Ancho Chili Rubbed Pork Chops | Inspiration KitchenPork Chops have been one of my long go-to favorites for grilling.  I like that they are easy to grill, done in minutes and have that great pork flavor we all know and love.

I also like how versatile they are, in that they go easily with potatoes, a salad or a simple saute like this one. And with each side, it adds a different flavor profile.

What I love about this corn saute, is that it was fresh, bright and summery – and so colorful! Who doesn’t love a colorful plate? Especially one that is so tasty!

Ancho Chili Rubbed Pork Chops | Inspiration Kitchen So now that you all know that I’m recruiting for recipes {hint, hint, I mean you!} I would love to hear in the comments what some of your all-time quick and easy summer favorites are.  I need recipes to add to my recipe box this summer!

I’m sure if the trip to Alaska is any indication of how the rest of this year goes, I hope to find myself doing a lot of more traveling!  More traveling, of course, comes with it’s own share of challenges, like jet lag, weeks away from home, thousands of pictures to process and dozens stories to tell.

Now, I know that may seem like a bad thing {not!}, the good thing about traveling far outweighs the bad.  You get to try incredible food, see places you’ve never been, and discover recipe combinations that simply blow your mind.  And…, depending on where you go (a.k.a. Alaska), you also might get to see bears, whales, sunning sea otters and Eagles too.

Now you know what to look forward to in my next post about Alaska!

Ancho Chili Rubbed Pork Chops | Inspiration Kitchen In the meantime, while you wait, I certainly don’t want you hungry.  Thus, these tasty pork chops with Sauteed Corn Salsa.  I hope you love this quick, easy and tasty summer recipe!


Ancho Chili Rubbed Pork Chops with Corn Saute
These Ancho Chili Rubbed Pork Chops are quick and easy to make on the grill and perfect for summer days!
Recipe type: Main
  • 4 bone-in pork chops (roughly 2 pounds total)
  • 1 tablespoon ancho-chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 (12-ounce) bag frozen corn kernels
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped leeks
  • ½ cup diced red bell peppers
  • 2 to 2 and ½ teaspoons chopped jalapeno, seeds removed
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted real butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  1. Turn your grill on high and heat until very hot.
  2. Mix ancho-chili powder, salt and pepper together in a small bowl. Rub pork chops on both sides with the spice mix, dividing the spice between them evenly.
  3. Place pork chops on heated gril and cook 1 minute on each side on high. Immediately turn grill down to medium and cook until done in the middle (see note).
  1. Heat butter in skillet over medium-high heat until melted. Add all ingredients and saute 5-10 minutes or until vegetables just start to soften. Remove from stove and serve immediately.
Note: Barbeques, heat and temperature are different for everyone. My pork chops were done in 7 minutes (1 minute on each side on high, then grilled an additional 5 minutes). Be sure not to under-cook nor over-cook, and use a meat thermometer to ensure they are done appropriately!



    • says

      Haha! I think that says great minds think alike Mary Frances! I commented on yours, because I think they look great too and you can never have to many pork chop recipes. 🙂

  1. says

    These pork chops are grilled to perfection! So tasty and flavorful! Love quick and easy meals like this! We’ve been enjoying a lot of grilled meals lately too along with salads and pasta/pasta salads. Welcome back and hope you get some rest 🙂

    • says

      Thank you Kelly! Grills are the best. Especially in the summer when it’s so hot, and you don’t want to heat the house. And, I’m with you – I’ll go for quick and easy every time. Have a beautiful weekend love!

    • says

      Thanks Juliana! I love ancho-chili powder. I sprinkle it on veggies, salads, tacos – anything where I want big flavor. Have a beautiful weekend! xoxo

  2. says

    Sounds like a very busy and exciting time (Alaska!!). And this plate looks so delicious. I like corn with everything and could just about have it at every meal. : ) We have been grilling out a lot and the other week, we asked our little one to pick what to grill and he decided on pork chops. So, so good…we have to do it more often. Your rub sounds wonderful!
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    • says

      Thanks so much Monica! That is so cute about your little one picking pork chops. Obviously has good taste. 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend.

  3. says

    Look at the sear on that chop! It’s a thing of beauty. . This is the perfect quick summer meal — I love grilling pork, chicken or a good steak with a fresh, summery side. And let’s not forget the slow cooker — I use that a lot in the summer too when I’m out all day (pulled pork anyone)? Haha. I see this meal in my near future!
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    • says

      Hahahaha! I **love** that Ashley – the “corn medley thing-amajig”, girl I simply love you. You crack me up every single time. xoxoxoxo

    • says

      What a great idea Megan! I never thought of making them in the slow cooker. Yet, I love slow cooker meals, so you’ve definitely given me some good ideas. I’m so excited to to try it. Have a great weekend!

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