Smoky Spiced Pork Chops with Green Chile Aioli

Lunch / Dinner

Smoky Spiced Pork Chops with Green Chile Aioli

Bone-in pork chops truly are a jack-of-all-trades when it comes to grilling. Juicy and tender, they don’t require much fuss but easily take on new flavors. Put your spice cabinet to work and make a dynamite rub for the chops with dried herbs, chili powder, and smoked paprika. The smoky seasoning and vibrant red color of these chops will leave everyone at the table speechless and asking for more. This dry rub uses smoked paprika to enhance the grilled flavor and create a deep red hue, while a peppery aioli strikes a balance with the rich meat.

For this recipe, be sure to use bone-in chops as the bones help keep the meat moist. Cool down the fiery pork with a creamy aioli made with lime, cumin, cilantro, and a grilled chile.


4 servings

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Preheat grill to medium-high. Brush grill grate with oil.

For the aioli, grill Anaheim, turning to char all sides, 68 minutes; transfer to a small bowl and cover with plastic wrap. When cool enough to handle, peel, seed, and dice Anaheim.

Whisk together mayonnaise, cilantro, lime juice, garlic, cumin, and diced Anaheim; season with salt and pepper.

For the chops, combine chili powder, oregano, celery seed, thyme, and paprika for the rub.

Coat chops with rub. Grill chops, covered, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part, but not touching bone, registers 145°, 35 minutes per side. Transfer chops to a plate, tent with foil, and let rest 5 minutes before serving.

Serve chops with aioli.


Using tongs, frequently turn the Anaheim during grilling to char all sides, imparting a smoky flavor.


Generously coat both sides of pork chops with rub to ensure that every bite has bold flavor.


So the chops stay juicy and aren’t overcooked, check the internal temperature periodically.

Nutritional Facts

Nutritional Facts

Per chop

Calories: 526

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 33g 50%

Saturated Fat 7g 35%

Cholesterol 137mg 45%

Sodium 321mg 13%

Carbs 4g 1%

Fiber 1g 4%

Protein 50g

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

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