Liz's Spicy Ribs

Inspired by a succulent dish of pork ribs cooked San Salvadoran–style by a friend, Liz Patrick experimented and created her own mildly spicy version. There is plenty of sauce to spoon over rice.

Yield: Makes 8 servings
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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 223
  • Calories from fat: 40%
  • Protein: 20g
  • Fat: 9.9g
  • Saturated fat: 3g
  • Carbohydrate: 13g
  • Fiber: 2.1g
  • Sodium: 560mg
  • Cholesterol: 61mg


  • 3 pounds country-style pork ribs, surface fat trimmed off
  • 1 tablespoon salad oil
  • 3 onions (6 oz. each), chopped
  • 1 bell pepper (1/2 lb.), stemmed, seeded, and chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic, pressed or minced
  • 1 can (15 oz.) diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (4 oz.) diced green chilies
  • 1 cup thick, chunky salsa
  • 1 teaspoon hot chili flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • Salt


  1. 1. Wipe off pork with a damp cloth. Pour oil into a 2-inch-deep, 12-inch frying pan or a 5- to 6-quart pan and set over high heat. When oil is hot, fill pan with a single layer of pork and brown well on all sides, 8 to 10 minutes. Lift out pork as browned, place in a bowl, and add more meat to pan. When all the meat is browned and in the bowl, discard all but 1 tablespoon fat from pan.
  2. 2. Add onions, bell pepper, and garlic to pan. Stir often until onions are lightly browned, about 8 minutes. Stir in tomatoes (including juices), green chilies, salsa, hot chili flakes, and pepper.
  3. 3. Return pork and accumulated juices to pan, pushing meat down into sauce. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer until pork is tender when pierced, 1 1/2 to 2 hours, stirring occasionally. If sauce begins to stick, stir in a little water.
  4. 4. With a slotted spoon, transfer pork to a wide bowl. Skim off and discard any fat from sauce. Pour sauce over meat. Add salt to taste.
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