Pork Chops with California Raisins and Ancho Chiles

Submitted by: Robert Del Grande

Raisins, ancho chiles and onions bake flavor into pork chops to serve with a creamy cilantro sauce.


  • Serving Size: 1 chop, 2 tablespoons sauce


  • 2 ancho chiles
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 pork loin or pork rib chops (4 ounces each)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or peanut oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 yellow onion, peeled and very roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup California raisins
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, minced
  • Cilantro sprigs; for garnish


Preheat oven to 350°F.

Stem and seed chiles; place in small bowl, add water to cover, and let stand about 5 minutes until softened. Lightly salt pork chops and heat oil in large skillet till very hot. Brown and cook pork chops in hot oil until medium rare (160°F); transfer to baking dish and let stand.

In same skileet, melt butter over medium heat; add onion and sauté until lightly browned, 3 to 5 minutes. Drain and tear chiles into large pieces; add to skillet along with raisins, salt and cinnamon. Sauté, 1 or 2 minutes, and spoon over chops in baking dish, and bake in preheated oven at 350°F for 20 to 30 minutes until chops are well done.

Meanwhile, in same skillet, combine heavy cream, salt and minced cilantro; bring to boil over low heat, stirring constantly and scraping bottom of pan to deglaze. Keep warm.

To serve, arrange 1 chop on each of 4 serving plates; divide and spoon sauce over.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories 440 (55% from fat); Total Fat 27g (sat 13g, mono 11g, poly 2g, trans 0g ); Cholesterol 140mg; Protein 32g; Carbohydrate 18g; (Dietary Fiber 1g; Sugars 16g; ); Iron 2mg; Sodium 1130mg; Calcium 47mg; Potassium 610mg

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