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Ancho Chile Pork Chops

Juicy and tender ancho chile pork chops are rubbed in a spicy chile powder and seared on the stove top before being finished in the oven. All in under 30 minute.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Pork Chops, Ancho Chile Pork Chops
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Author Ali Randall


  • 4 bone-in center cut pork loin chops 1/2 inch thick
  • 1 teaspoon ancho chile powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon celery seed
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground thyme
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil


  • Stir together the chili powder, oregano, paprika, celery seeds, kosher salt and thyme.
  • Brush 1 tablespoon of olive oil over both sides of the chops and use your fingers to add the rub. Chill the pork for at least 8 hours.
  • Before cooking allow the pork to come up to room temperature, for at least a half an hour.
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Place the cast iron skillet in the oven while it is preheating.
  • Remove the cast iron skillet from the oven and place on a stove top burner over medium high heat. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and sear one side of the pork chops for 3 minutes. After a minute reduce the heat to medium and continue cooking until browned.
  • Flip the pork chops and place the entire cast iron skillet in the oven for 6 to 8 minutes, depending on the thickness of the meat.
  • Remove the cast-iron skillet from the oven and transfer the pork chops to a plate and allow them to rest for 5 to 6 minutes before serving.