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Pork Chops Mole

Yield 4 servings (serving size: 1 pork chop and 2/3 cup sauce)
Mole is a traditional Mexican sauce made with a blend of chiles, onion, and garlic. Its most characteristic ingredient, chocolate, contributes richness without adding sweetness.

Ingredients

  • Cooking spray
  • 4 (4-ounce) boned pork loin chops (about 1/2 inch thick)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup yellow bell pepper strips
  • 1/2 cup red bell pepper strips
  • 1 tablespoon minced seeded jalapeño pepper
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes with garlic and onion, undrained
  • 1/2 ounce semisweet chocolate, grated
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh cilantro

Nutrition Information

  • calories 256
  • caloriesfromfat 38 %
  • fat 10.8 g
  • satfat 3.7 g
  • monofat 4.4 g
  • polyfat 1.7 g
  • protein 27.2 g
  • carbohydrate 12.8 g
  • fiber 2.6 g
  • cholesterol 71 mg
  • iron 2.9 mg
  • sodium 549 mg
  • calcium 64 mg

How to Make It

  1. Heat a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Cook chops 4 minutes on each side or until browned. Remove from pan. Add water to pan, scraping to loosen browned bits. Pour mixture over chops; Cover and set aside.

  2. Reheat pan coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Add onion, bell peppers, and jalapeño pepper; cook 4 minutes or until tender. Stir in tomatoes; cook 1 minute. Add chocolate and next 4 ingredients (chocolate through cumin seeds). Add the pork chops; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Sprinkle with cilantro.