Chuletas a La Jardinera (Garden Pork Chops)

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Chuletas a la Jardinera (Garden Pork Chops)

In memory of all the gardens across our great country that are beginning to wither and succumbing to the cooler temperatures, these chops are for you.  This is a recipe that you will find in almost every Puerto Rican cookbook, but it is a dish that is under appreciated.   I think it is becaue when you look at it, it doesn’t “look” like a Latin or Puerto Rican dish.   It doesn’t fall within the stereotype of rice, beans and plantains.

Chuletas a la Jardinera

Chuletas a la Jardinera

I can sympathis with this dish, in a way we are kindered spirts, because I too do not meet the Puerto Rican “stereotype”.  At 5′ 8″, with green eyes, fair skin and straight as a board hair, people don’t seem to believe me when I say I am Puerto Rican.  Then to top it off I don’t even have an accent.  In high school I felt like Gulliver in the land of Lilliput sometimes, since all my girlfriends were no taller then 5′ 5″.

Chuletas a la Jardinera

A lot of the recipes I found online for this dish called for canned mixed vegetables.  I do not like most canned vegetables, especially green beans, carrots and peas, they are just too briney for my taste.  If you are in a bind and must use canned I suppose that is ok, but if you can get fresh it is so much better.  The green beans and corn maintain that fresh crispness and sweetness that you can’t get from the canned variety.  The pork chops were very tender and the sauce has a great savory sweetness.  I served these chops with some yellow rice and it was fan-tabulous!

Chuletas a La Jardinera

I am sad that I didn’t grow up eating more of these pork chops.  I don’t really remember my mother making them…ever.  I am sure she did at one time or another but I have no memory of it.  I would ask her but she is in the middle of the Mediterranean with my aunt right now.   Don’t worry she’s not floating out there aimlessly, she is on a 12 day cruise.  I wish I was on a 12 day cruise of the Mediterranean…Punk!

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Chuletas a La Jardinera (Garden Pork Chops)

  • 6 Pork Chops, Center Cut, Bone-in
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • 1/2 Tbs vinegar
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 15 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 lb fresh green beans, ends trimmed and chopped
  • 1 large ear of corn, shucked

Rinse and clean pork chops. Dry with paper towels and set aside.

Combine garlic, oregano, salt, olive oil and vinegar in a mortar and pestle. Mash until well combined. Pour garlic mixture over pork chops and toss until all chops are well coated on both sides.

Heat a heavy deep skillet or dutch oven over medium-high heat. Working in batches, brown the chops.

After the chops have been browned, place all the chops back into the skillet. Pour tomatoes with their juices and onions over the top. Bring to a simmer, lower heat, cover and cook for 25 minutes. Add carrots and cook, covered, for an additional 5 minutes. Add corn and green beans and cook covered for 10 minutes. Then remove the lid and cook, uncovered, for a final 10 minutes.

Serve pork chops hot with vegetables over top.


  1. Jamie says

    This sounds yummy, but where, oh where does someone find fresh green beans in the San Juan area? I saw them one time in my local Amigo, but they were over $4 per pound. I bought them anyway, and they were horrible, tough, stringy, and already starting to brown. I so miss most of the fresh produce I used to have in Florida. :-(

    • says

      ahora es que leo tu comentario,todo eso lo puedes conseguir en supermax de la ave de diego.o la hacienda meat quieres productos del oriente en la avef juncos,casi al lado del garage quieres productos de medio oriente,hay una farmacia frente al bco popular de miramar,saludos

  2. whiterose says

    I`m from Puerto Rico and Iv made this “chuletas a la jardinera” dish before. After the years Iv gotten rusty and I couldnt seem to remember how to make it. I looked on Google and cookbooks trying to AT LEAST see an image of it so I can refresh my memory. I CANT BELIEVE IT!!!! I saw the image on google, clicked on it and to my surprise IT WAS EXACTLY WAS I WAS LOOKING FOR and IN SPANISH hahahaha it was funny to me because I was looking for it by “garden style pork chops” haha I knew there had to be a really smart Puertorrican out there that wouldnt forget our yummy “chuletas a la Jardinera” THX :) deffinitly gonna pass it on!!!!

  3. Glenda says

    I’m so happy as my new years resolution is to fall in love with the kitchen.. and let me say due to your website recipes I have fallen in love. I made your Garden pork Chops and it came out delicious.. this is the second dish I hace created based on your recipe. THANK YOU! OH 1 more thing I had never made yellow rice in my life and again due to your recipe i was able too :D.

    Signing off,


  4. Naomi G. says

    I love making Chuletas a la Jardinera. Yummy! Awww man your mom’s on a 14 day cruise, I’m so jealous! I went on a 7 day cruise in the caribbean for my honeymoon in January and I absolutely loved it. I am already planning my second. You get addicted.[:

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