Citrus Marinated Pork Chops with Mango Black Bean Salsa is a juicy marinated pork chop grilled to perfection and topped with a mango salsa that is the perfect blend of sweet and savory!
Why You’ll Love This Citrus Marinated Pork Chops Recipe
I don’t know about you all, but as soon as the weather shows even the slightest hint that it’s going to play nice, I want to be out by the grill! I love that grilling brings together a community of people – maybe it’s the amazing smell!
We all know and love burgers and hot dogs on the grill, but something my family has come to really enjoy is grilled pork chops. I played around with a few variations of the recipe and discovered that when marinated in a citrus sauce, these pork chops will have you salivating! Then by some trick of fate, I paired them with a mango black bean salsa and all bets were off. It’s official: Citrus Marinated Pork Chops with Mango Black Bean Salsa is the best pork chop recipe for the grilling season!
Once you have your pork chops bathing in your simple citrus marinade and have whipped up the mano black bean salsa, you’re going to be chomping at the bit to fire up your grill and get to cooking!
Something I love about cooking is that a meal can be so decadent and flavorful, but only take a handful of simple ingredients!
Citrus Marinated Pork Chops
For the pork chop portion of the meal, you’ll want to start with 4-6 one-inch bone-in pork chops. Your pork will take on a richer flavor than if you use boneless.
For the marinade, you’ll need the zest and juice of both an orange and lime. Trust me on the citrus flavor, it’s such a refreshing and flavorful flavor palate for the summer! Then you’ll need some cooking oil, honey, garlic, and salt and pepper to taste. Easy!
Mango Black Bean Salsa
The salsa is equally simple! Gather a can of black beans, mangos, a red onion, and more lime juice! Then you’ll season with garlic, chili powder, cumin, cilantro, and olive oil.
How to Make Citrus Marinated Pork Chops
Step 1: Marinade
Whip up the ingredients for your marinade and pour it into a large resealable plastic bag. Add your pork chops and let them bathe in the delicious citrus mixture for 8-24 hours, refrigerated.
Step 2: Make salsa
While the pork chops are marinating, you throw your salsa ingredients together (the only work you really have to do is chopping the onion and mangos), and let that sit covered in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve.
Step 3: Grill
Preheat the grill to medium heat and clean and oil your grill grates. Place the marinated pork chops on the grill and cook for 10 minutes on each side, or until juices run clear and the center of the chop is no longer pink when cut.
Step 4: Serve
Dole a bit of salsa over each pork chop and serve! The salsa is of course optional – the pork chops could be served with another side dish – but the mango salsa really adds another layer of flavor and gives the pork chops more of a bright and summery feel.
One of the secrets to this is using bone-in pork chops! You also just need to make sure you’re checking your pork and aren’t cooking them on a higher heat, or for any longer than necessary. Finally, you can let your pork rest in its juices for a few minutes after you remove them from the grill so the moisture and flavor really soak in.
On medium heat, for 8-12 minutes. If you have a meat thermometer, make sure they read 140-145 degrees Fahrenheit in the middle.
You can have the pork chops marinating for up to 24 hours in the fridge, and you can make the salsa a day or two beforehand too. Just be sure to cover and refrigerate!
- Do you have a spicier palate? Add finely chopped jalapeno to your salsa for a more zesty flavor.
- If the mango salsa isn’t your thing, you can serve these pork chops with just about anything! It just depends on your mood (or the moods of your children, am I right?). Try Easy Garlic Mashed Potatoes, a family favorite!
- Want more veggies and grains incorporated? Pair your pork chops with Easy Vegetable Rice Pilaf. It’s light and the perfect accompaniment to any meat.
- Do you just want a simple vegetable recipe? You have to try Lemon Parmesan Roasted Broccoli and/or Honey Garlic Roasted Carrots!
Hungry for More?
And here are a few more recipes I think you’ll love for the summer season!
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- 4-6 1 ” bone in pork chops
- Zest and juice of 1 orange
- Zest and juice of 1 lime
- 2 tablespoons of any cooking oil
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- salt and pepper to taste
- MANGO BLACK BEAN SALSA
- 1 15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
- 2 large mangos diced (peeling and seed removed) or 2 cups frozen diced mango, thawed
- 1/2 cup chopped red onion
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 1/2 teaspoon each chili powder and cumin
- Juice of 1 lime
- small handful of cilantro chopped
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
PORK CHOPS: In a small bowl combine the marinade ingredients and whisk to combine. Pour into a large resealable plastic bag and add in the pork chops. Seal and let sit for 8-24 hours.
Preheat the grill to a medium heat. Clean and oil grill grates. Place pork chops on grill and cook for 10 minutes on each side or until juices run clear and the center of the chop is no longer pink when cut.
MANGO BLACK BEAN SALSA: Meanwhile combine all salsa ingredients in a medium bowl and serve with pork chops.
*Can make salsa in advance.
*If you would like a spicy salsa add in some finely chopped jalapeno.