Chili Lime Pork Chops | Dairy Farmers of Manitoba

Chili Lime Pork Chops with Cilantro Cream


10 min


15 min

Serving Size

4 servings

Turn simple pork chops into something special with a zesty cream sauce and the fresh punch of cilantro and lime all over a bed of rice. You’ll get rave reviews from your guests – guaranteed!


  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) chili powder
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) grated lime zest
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt
  • 4 thick (about 1-inch/2.5 cm) boneless pork loin chops
  • 1 tbsp (15mL) butter, divided
  • 1 onion, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (250 mL) 10% half- and- half cream
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Pepper
  • Lime wedges


1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
2. In a small bowl, combine chili powder, lime zest, and salt; set half aside. Rub remaining chili powder mixture over both sides of pork chops.
3. In a skillet, melt half of the butter over medium-high heat; sear pork chops for 1-2 minutes per side or until browned; transfer chops to a rimmed baking sheet. Roast in oven for about 12 minutes or until just a hint of pink remains inside.
4. Meanwhile, return skillet to medium-low heat and melt remaining butter, swirling to coat. Sauté onion for about 5 minutes or until softened and starting to brown; add remaining chili powder mixture and sauté for 1 minute.
5. Whisk flour into cream and gradually pour into pan, stirring. Simmer, stirring, for about 3 minutes, or until slightly thickened. Remove from heat and stir in cilantro and lime juice –season to taste with pepper. Spoon sauce over rice onto serving plates and top with pork chops; garnish with lime wedges to squeeze over top.


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  • If you prefer bone in pork chops, you may need to sear the chops in two batches to avoid crowding the pan which will prevent browning.
  • If your pork chops are thinner than 1″ (2.5 cm) check for doneness after 8 minutes in the oven.
  • Add 1/4 to 1/2 tsp (1 to 2 mL) chipotle powder with chili powder or 1 tbsp (15 mL) minced chipotle in adobo sauce and 1 thinly sliced apple with onion; add 1 tbsp (15mL) tequila with lime juice.