Savoury Chocolate Chili-Rubbed Pork Chops

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"Modified from Gimme Some Oven blog. Recipe adapted from Food and Wine foodandwinedotcom. Savoury, but the chops don't taste chocolaty! Chops could also be grilled."

Original recipe yields 2 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (155.3 g)
  • Calories 417.9
  • Total Fat - 18.7 g
  • Saturated Fat - 5.3 g
  • Cholesterol - 82.7 mg
  • Sodium - 235.6 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 29.1 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 2.1 g
  • Sugars - 22.8 g
  • Protein - 32.4 g
  • Calcium - 54.9 mg
  • Iron - 1.6 mg
  • Vitamin C - 0.1 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.8 mg

Step 1

In a bowl, mix the cocoa, chili powder, smoked paprika, and brown sugar together until well blended. Sprinkle a little less than 1 teaspoon on the tops of each pork chop, and pat/rub in. Turn chops over and do the same on the other side. Let sit for about 5-10 minutes.

Step 2

Sprinkle salt and pepper on both sides.

Step 3

Heat oil in a skillet over medium-heat. Test to see if the oil is ready by dripping a drop or two of water in the skillet. (No sound – pan is too cold. Splatter – too hot. Sizzle – perfect!)

Step 4

Add pork chops and cover for about 4-5 minutes.

Step 5

Uncover, turn chops and cook for 3-4 more minutes until thoroughly cooked (between 145-160 degrees). If juices start to form on top of the chops, they're definitely done!

Step 6

Note: Chops could also be grilled.

Tips & Variations

  • Skillet with cover, or
  • Grill



I love rubs with cocoa in them. This rub was a great combination of flavors and produced some yummy chops. I chose to grill mine. I had fairly thick boneless chops and grilled them approx. 5 min. per side. Thank you!

review by:
(13 Jul 2015)


Very good chops using ingredients I wouldn't consider but was very good. My chops were thicker than the ones in the recipe, so needed to cook them for a bit longer. Thanks for sharing!

review by:
(19 Feb 2015)