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Easy Puerto Rican Pork Fried Chops (Chuletas) Recipe

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Learn how to make juicy Puerto Rican pork chops from what style of pork chops to use to how to fry them.

Do you struggle to make juicy, mouthwatering pork chops? Due to its lean nature, pork can be hard to perfect. This means that people often end up with dry chops.

photo of fried pork chop in a pan

Often, the cause is due to rushing through the process. Puerto Rican pork chops, on the other hand, are made with love.

The cooking process results in a juicy, flavorful chop that your family will be asking for again and again. Let’s take a closer look at how to make Puerto Rican pork chops.

close up photo of pork chops in frying pan

How do you make Spanish style pork chops?

Spanish style is a broad term and would depend on the area. However, Puerto Rican pork chops are well seasoned and then cooked in oil on both sides before being covered and steamed until done or popped in the oven. Both methods allow for the chops to remain juicy.

What are pork chops called in Spanish?

The Spanish term for pork chops is chuletas de cerdo.

photo of two fried pork chops in pan

Best type of pork chops to fried?

If you want a juicy pork chop, it’s best to get what are referred to as assorted pork chops. These are on the bone and usually have a bit of fat along the edge. Cooking with the bone in allows for moister meat.

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What do you serve with Puerto Rican pork chops?

Puerto Rican pork chops are often served with rice, but you can serve them with french fries, mofongo, mashed potatoes, and more.

How long does pork chops last in the refrigerator?

Raw pork chops will last in the refrigerator for 3 to 5 days. Always look at the date on the package to determine the sell-by date. Once cooked, your pork chops will last 3 to 4 days.

pork chops in pan with a spoon over them.

What are the ingredients to make Puerto Rican pork chops?

To make this Puerto Rican pork chops recipe you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • Pork chops
  • Vinegar
  • Adobo
  • Garlic powder
  • Black pepper
  • Salt
  • Oil

How to make Puerto Rican pork chops

Now that you have gathered your ingredients it’s time to make Puerto Rican pork chops. All you have to do is follow the steps below:

The first step is something that many people skip, but this leads to flavorful chops. You want to season your pork chops and then let them set for 10 minutes so that the meat marinates.

It may not seem like a lot of time, but it really does make a world of difference.

As the meat marinates, heat the oil in the skillet and then fry the chops on both sides for roughly 1 to 2 minutes, or until nice and brown.

You then want to reduce the heat, cover the skillet, and cook for 5 to 6 more minutes (3 minutes per side) until cooked through.

Allow the chops to rest a few minutes before serving. If you cut too soon, all the juice you worked so hard to maintain in the meat will run out.

Your Puerto Rican pork chops are ready to serve!

photo of two puerto rican pork chops in pan.

Puerto Rican Pork Chops Recipe

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Puerto Rican Chuletas Recipe

Puerto Rican Chuletas Recipe

Yield: 4 Servings
Prep Time: 12 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes

Puerto Rican pork fried chops recipe is a quick and easy dish that can be served for lunch or dinner. The process of cooking the chops can also vary from deep-frying, pan-frying, or oven baking.

Every Puerto Rican family has its own version of this dish with slight ingredients and preparation methods.

Whatever your preference may be, these delicious pork chops are sure to become a staple in your home as well!


  • 4 Pork Chops
  • 2 Tbsp vinegar
  • 3 Tsp adobo
  • 1 Tsp garlic powder
  • ½ Tsp black pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • 4 Tbsp oil


  1. Rub both sides of each pork chop with vinegar, adobo, garlic powder, black pepper and salt. Let it marinate for 10 minutes.
  2. Heat oil in a large pan or a skillet over high heat.
  3. Transfer the pork chops and sear for 1 to 2 minutes on each side or until
    golden brown.
  4. Cover the pan with a lid and reduce heat. Cook the pork chops for 5 to 6 more minutes, turning them halfway until fully cooked.


I like to marinate the chops for around 10 minutes before cooking to let the flavors sink in. You can definitely skip the step if you’re in a hurry, but why lose all that extra flavor?

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 457Total Fat: 31gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 21gCholesterol: 132mgSodium: 232mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 40g

These nutritional calculations might not be accurate. Please speak with a licensed nutritionist to assist you.

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