Colombian-Style Pork Chops (Chuletas de Cerdo)

Colombian-Style Pork Chop

Believe it or not, whenever I’m going to visit my family in Medellín, before I arrive, I make a list of what I want to eat when I get there, and Colombian-Style Pork Chops are always on that list. This is traditional Colombian comfort food from the Boyacá department of Colombia!

My mom marinates the pork overnight in a mix of spices and herbs and the result is a moist, tender and delicious pork chop.

Buen provecho!



(4 servings)

  • 4 pork chops, bone-in
  • Juice of 4 limes
  • 4 tablespoons onion powder
  • 6 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 tablespoon ground thyme
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil

Pork Chop with Beans


  1. In a medium bowl mix the lime juice, onion powder, garlic, thyme, oregano, cumin, salt, and pepper.
  2. Place the pork chops in a glass baking pan and add the lime mixture. Place in the refrigerator for 6 hours or overnight.
  3. Place the pork chops in a pot filled with water. Cook for about 15 minutes over medium heat. Remove the pork chops from the pot and set aside.
  4. Heat a large pan over medium heat and add the oil. When the oil is hot, place the pork chops in the pan and fry for 3 minutes on each side until golden brown.
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  1. says

    That is so cool, Erica! To make a list of things you’d like your mom to make for you. And I bet she does too! :) Have fun!
    This looks delicious!

  2. Bertiesmum says

    I cannot wait to make this whole dish along with the bean stew (which i found on your site) thank you so much for sharing.

  3. Tracey says

    Question: In step 2, is the water already boiling when I put the chops in to cook for 15 minutes?

  4. Mar says

    Hice esta receta y me dio la impresion que cuando la puse hervir en la olla por 15 minutos la carne perdio sabor, al final quedo muy seca. Que pasaria?

  5. Carlinha says

    Hello Erica,

    We are super excited about making this recipe tomorrow!! I just finished placing all ingredients together and this will be our first time marinating overnight!!! As we are still learning to cook, we wanted to ask you what is the purpose of cooking with water before frying? I have never heard of that, and couldn’t find any explanations on the Internet… Also, if I wanted to bake these instead of frying, what time and temperature would you recommend for the oven? Looking forward to hearing from you. Thank you for posting such wonderful recipes!!!

    • Erica says

      This is my mom’s recipe and she told me that cooking them in water before, makes the pork chops tender. I didn’t cook them in the oven before, so I don’t know the cooking time and temp.I have to try making them that way next time!

  6. Caro says

    Help !!!
    So after marinating, I take the pork chops out of the marinade and into a pot with cold water to cook in. But wouldn’t taking out the pork to put into the water erase all the previous marinating ? Help please :)

  7. Norma says

    Just don’t put them in water and cook them longer till tender my guess once you put th in water all it lost

  8. stephanie says

    Last time I forgot to to boil them and they were great!!!

    Boiling them right now as I type!

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