These healthy Southwestern Grilled Pork Chops couldn’t be easier to make and packs in so much flavor. Made with spices you already have in the pantry, this sweet and spicy grilled pork is a favorite.
Pork has been one of my favorite things to throw on the grill lately. With a simple spice rub, these grilled pork chops can really pack in the flavor. This Southwestern-inspired rub starts with a blend of brown sugar, paprika, and chili powder if you want things spicy. From there, the garlic powder, ginger, and cinnamon round things out to make a perfect spice rub for pork, chicken, or fish.
When it comes to making these pork chops, you have a few options when it comes to the cut you choose. The healthiest and leanest cuts will be boneless center cut pork chops or pork tenderloin. If you aren’t as concerned about calories and points, you can opt to use a bone-in chop like I did for the photo. It comes out delicious either way, the bone-in chop is just a little more forgiving on the grill if you cook it a touch too long by accident. It’s also what we had in the house that day.
Side Dish Ideas for Grilled Pork Chops
You can serve these spice rubbed grilled pork chops with simple sides such as cauliflower mashed potatoes, a lightened up mac and cheese, or corn on the cob. Or you can mix up the menu a bit by pairing the pork with a side dish that has similar flavors. Consider this Southwestern Kale Salad or simply grill some sweet potatoes with the same spice blend.
If you opt to add the chili powder to give these southwestern pork chops a fiery flair, why not serve it with dishes that pack a little heat of their own? One of our favorite options for picnics is a twist on a traditional deviled egg. I like to add some finely chopped pickled jalapenos and a dash of cumin to the egg yolk mixture. Pipe the filling into your egg halves and sprinkle some cilantro on top. It’s a healthy side that’s packed with protein and low in points. If you’re using an outdoor grill to prepare your pork, leave room on the grate for some corn on the cob and stir up a spicy spread by adding garlic, lime juice, and some fresh, finely minced jalapeno pepper to softened butter.
When you’re feeling more sweet than spicy, leave out the chili powder and serve your grilled pork chops with side dishes that features some of the same flavors. For instance, make a skinny slaw or pineapple slaw. We also love grilling butternut squash.