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Sante Fe Chops with Firecracker Salsa

Sante Fe Chops with Firecracker SalsaSouthwest-seasoned chops arrive from the grill to be dressed with a sweet-hot pineapple-jalapeño-cucumber salsa. Hot cornbread with honey-butter makes a great accompaniment.

Recipe Ingredients:

6 boneless pork center loin chops, 1 1/2-inch thick
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 jalapeño chile,seeded and minced
1 (20-ounce) can pineapple tidbits, drained
1 medium cucumber, diced
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon brown sugar
Pinch of salt

Cooking Directions:

  1. In small bowl mix together chili powder, cumin, pepper and salt. Rub evenly onto both sides of chops.
  2. Prepare a medium-hot fire in a kettle-style grill.
  3. Grill chops directly over fire for a total of 12 to 15 minutes, turning once. Serve with Firecracker Salsa.
  4. For Firecracker Salsa: In small bowl stir together pineapple tidbits, diced cucumber, lime juice, brown sugar, salt and jalapeno chile (*Wear rubber gloves when handling hot chile). Cover and refrigerate 4 to 24 hours to allow flavors to blend.

Makes 6 servings.

Recipe and photograph provided courtesy of National Pork Board.