Colombian-Style Pork Chops (Chuletas de Cerdo)

by Erica Dinho on March 16, 2012

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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{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Karen March 16, 2012 at 12:29 PM

This sounds like a good marinade. Isn’t it fun to go home and have somebody else cook for you – all your favorites… how nice!


2 Angie@Angie's Recipes March 16, 2012 at 2:08 PM

This looks hearty and tasty!


3 Kim March 16, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Oh my…Erica, that pork chop looks incredible!


4 Barbara March 16, 2012 at 6:15 PM

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!


5 Joanne March 17, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Haha that’s similar to what I do whenever I go to Boston! I can definitely see why you request these. Delicious!


6 rebecca subbiah March 17, 2012 at 11:31 PM

they look awesome love the recipe


7 5 Star Foodie March 18, 2012 at 8:46 PM

These pork chops look fantastic, so flavorful!


8 Bertiesmum March 19, 2012 at 8:54 PM

What is the side dish please? It looks yummy


9 Erica March 19, 2012 at 8:58 PM

Bean stew with pork.


10 Bertiesmum March 19, 2012 at 9:14 PM

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.


11 Katherine March 19, 2012 at 10:57 PM

How is the side dish made and with what ingredients?


12 norma March 23, 2012 at 10:10 AM

I have all the ingredients at hand and have been wanting to make some chops. Thanks!


13 Chris March 24, 2012 at 9:49 PM

Pinned this so I can try it on the grill later.


14 Erica April 3, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Thank you everyone!


15 Tracey July 9, 2012 at 5:11 PM

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


16 Erica July 9, 2012 at 8:16 PM

Place the pork chops with cold water in a pot and bring to a boil.


17 Laurie August 22, 2012 at 4:40 PM

Is this mixture supposed to be like a paste or liquid?


18 Erica August 22, 2012 at 7:11 PM

A thick mixture,between a liquid and a paste!


19 Mar January 11, 2013 at 5:05 PM

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?


20 Carlinha March 7, 2013 at 7:59 PM

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!!!


21 Erica March 8, 2013 at 9:18 AM

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!


22 Caro March 14, 2013 at 10:53 AM

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 :)


23 Best Food in Panama May 4, 2013 at 2:36 AM

Just incredible!! i am just too excited making this pork chops!! even it looks to yummy and delicious in your blog post..i wish it turns out the same in my case!!


24 Norma May 28, 2014 at 8:34 AM

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


25 stephanie July 22, 2014 at 6:19 PM

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

Boiling them right now as I type!


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