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Tropical Grilled Pork Chops Recipe
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Tropical Grilled Pork Chops
Grilled marinated pork chops are topped with a spicy pineapple-mango salsa. See more
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Tropical Grilled Pork Chops

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"Marinated pork chops are grilled to perfection and topped with a spicy salsa starring pineapple, mango, and applesauce."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    45 mins

    2 hrs


  1. With a mortar and pestle, mash together the garlic, chili powder, cayenne, and cardamom seeds. Mix in enough water to form a paste.
  2. Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in spice paste, and cook until it begins to bubble, about 30 seconds. Stir in vinegar; cook without boiling for 2 minutes. Stir in sugar until it dissolves. Mix in mango, salt, cilantro, lemon juice, and jalapeno; simmer 20 minutes. Stir in applesauce and pineapple; simmer 10 minutes more. Season with white pepper. Place in a bowl, cover, and refrigerate until ready to use.
  3. To prepare marinade, mix 2/3 cup of the salsa with soy sauce and 1/3 cup vinegar. Place pork chops in a large resealable plastic bag, and pour marinade over chops. Seal tightly, and place in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
  4. Prepare grill for medium-high heat. Drain marinade from bag, and heat in a saucepan until boiling.
  5. Lightly oil grill grate. Place pork chops on the hot grill. Cook 10 minutes, or to desired doneness, turning once and basting occasionally with the boiled marinade.
  6. Warm remaining salsa over medium-low heat. Serve pork chops topped with the salsa.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 28, 2008

Wonderful! However I did not have time to make the salsa, so I just used a jar of Renfro's mango habanero salsa with the addition of some pineapple juice to replace the handmade fruit salsa... BAM! It was done in no time!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jul 27, 2009

Not worth the effort

May 15, 2008

My family and I loved these pork chops. I will definitely be making this again. I did cheat and use Newman's Mango Salsa instead of cutting up mango, and added it to the vinegar, soy and sugar. It was terrific.

Aug 04, 2006

I live in a fairly small town so my local grocery store is not what you would call "well-stocked" so the cardomum seeds and the rice wine vinegar were items I had to track down. Also, the mortar and pestle is something you pick up at a garage sale as decoration and not something used in the kitchen. I followed the instructions and used a mini chopper instead of the mortar and pestle. I also doubled the marinade recipe and used have as a marinade and the other half for basting. I am not big on heating used marinade for basting (I guess it's a bug thing I have). The tenderness of the chops depends on your grilling ability. The chops went well with the spicy salsa. Served with steamed rice and was a big hit. Great recipe all around and will do again. Thanks!

Dec 04, 2007

Excellent. I put rosemary on the Pork before marinating and substituted coriander for cardamom seeds. I also baked the pork at 350 for about 50 minutes instead of grilling. I put salsa with it in the pan and sealed it with aluminum foil. It probably tasted differently than grilling but came out very tender. It definitely had some kick, I'm going to enjoy eating the leftovers.

Apr 09, 2013

We LOVE this! It is a regular feature during grilling season at our house! As others have mentioned, we used a jar of Newman's Own Mango Salsa, and then added the vinagar and soy to that for the marinade. I also double batch the marinade and mix with a little sugar, as my husband likes to put some over rice with this dish. Wonderful; my kids even love it!

Jun 27, 2007

OUTSTANDING flavor! I've used chicken also with great success. I used coriander for the cardamom seeds and had to resort to frozen chunked mango but all was still great. I love this recipe!!

May 11, 2010

Followed the recipe exactly, except I omitted the jalapenos. THIS WAS OUTRAGEOUS! I couldn't stop tasting the simmered ingredients! The key to any pork chop is not to overcook it and to only turn it once on the grill (never close the lid while cooking meet and it's stays moist). Will be adding this to my rotation of dinners. I'm going to try this marinade with grilled salmon and shrimp next...OH YUM...a MUST DO recipe!


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  • Calories
  • 269 kcal
  • 13%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 37.1 g
  • 12%
  • Cholesterol
  • 37 mg
  • 12%
  • Fat
  • 7.2 g
  • 11%
  • Fiber
  • 2 g
  • 8%
  • Protein
  • 15.1 g
  • 30%
  • Sodium
  • 928 mg
  • 37%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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