Chili Rubbed Pork Chops with Grilled Pineapple Salsa

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Chili Rubbed Pork Chops with Grilled Pineapple Salsa is one of the best pork chop recipes I’ve ever made.

overhead shot of chili rubbed pork chops with pineapple and rice on a white plate

The National Pork Board sent me some pork chops along with this recipe. They wanted me to try it and share it with my readers. I was pretty curious about the whole thing, since I pretty much kill every pork chop that I try to make. So I decided to give the recipe a go.

seasonings displayed for pork chop recipe: chili powder onion powder garlic powder salt and brown sugar

Spices needed for Chili Rubbed Pork Chops:

  • chili powder
  • onion powder
  • garlic powder
  • salt
  • brown sugar

bowl of seasoning for pork chops

Just mix up the spices and you’ve got the rub for your chops.

stack of seasoned pork chops on a cutting board

Rub those chops and let them sit…

grilling pineapple and jalapeno on a stovetop grill

… while you grill the fresh pineapple and jalapenos.  Once these have some nice grill marks on them, you’re going to chop them up and mix with a little bit of lime juice and salt to create a simple, grilled pineapple salsa.

grilling pork chops on a stovetop grill

Grill the chops on your stovetop grill (or outdoors, if you’re ready for that!)  I love this indoor grill- the nonstick surface makes it a snap to clean.

Chili Rubbed Pork Chop topped with pineapple and a side of rice on a white plate with a fork on the side

And there it is… the grilled pork chop topped with grilled pineapple salsa!

close up of chili rubbed pork chop on a white plate topped with pineapple

My family nearly applauded when they tasted these for the first time.  The pork is tender as can be.  Finally, this is one recipe where I don’t kill the pork chops.  And that grilled pineapple salsa you see on top is pretty wonderful too.

Here are a few more pork chop recipes you might enjoy:

overhead shot of chili rubbed pork chops with pineapple and rice on a white plate
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Chili Rubbed Pork Chops with Grilled Pineapple Salsa

A restaurant-quality meal!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 294kcal
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword chili rubbed, grilling, pineapple salsa, Pork Chops



  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • teaspoons packed light brown sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Four 3/4-inch thick (24 ounces) bone-in pork center loin chops, trimmed


  • Three 1/2-inch thick slices fresh pineapple, trimmed
  • 1 medium jalapeño, halved lengthwise (seeds and ribs removed)
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
  • salt, to taste



  • In a shallow bowl, combine the chili powder, brown sugar, garlic powder, onion powder and salt. Sprinkle both sides of the chops with the spice mixture. Let the chops sit at room temperature while you prepare the salsa.


  • Prepare a stovetop or outdoor grill to medium-high heat and lightly oil the grate. Grill the pineapple and jalapeño until lightly charred (2 to 3 minutes per side). Remove from the grill and dice the pineapple and jalapeño. In a medium bowl, combine the pineapple, jalapeño and lime juice. Season to taste with salt.


  • Grill the pork until an internal temperature reaches between 145 and 160 degrees F (4 to 5 minutes per side). Serve chops with the grilled salsa on top.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 294kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 117mg | Sodium: 425mg | Potassium: 790mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 703IU | Vitamin C: 64mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 2mg
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  • Michele B wrote:

    We have been using this recipe for the last few years and fix it several times every summer. We LOVE IT! Now that I know you had success doing it on the stove in a grill pan, I can serve it several times in the winter as well!! Tonight I am serving it with cilantro lime rice with black beans.

  • Kate Clodfelter wrote:

    This recipe was off the hooook! I added a few extras to my salsa like red onion and tomatoes… and the store was out of jalapeno so I subbed a pablano pepper, which gave it a little kick! At the end of the meal my husband and our friend were debating how much they would pay for that meal in a restaurant… I think that means they liked it 😉

  • Laura P. wrote:

    Made this last night–my husband and I both loved it! Such a simple, flavorful meal. Thank you!!

  • Cherie wrote:

    I made this the very same day that I read it on your blog. My family loved it!! And I have a niece that loves all of my recipes, so I am giving her this one!! Thanks so much for your wonderful blog, and facebook page!