Fiesta Pork Chops and Rice Bake Recipe (2024)

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1 hour hr 15 minutes mins


4.67 from 6 votes

Fiesta Pork Chops and Rice all baked together in one pan - dinner can not get any easier! This dish is flavorful and comes together in a matter of minutes, making it a perfect pork chop recipe in our book.

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This Fiesta Pork Chops and Rice Bake Recipe is a One-pan dish. I love throwing everything in one big dish and dinner is done!

We have A LOT of chicken breast recipes on our blog, but I wanted to shake it up today and share one of my favorite pork chop dishes: Mexican Pork Chops and Rice.

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How to make Fiesta Pork Chops and Rice:

  • Sprinkle pork chops with salt and pepper and brown pork chops in a skillet on the stove top (this will help to seal in the juices and keep your pork chops moist and flavorful as they bake in the oven).
  • Dump the rest of the ingredients into a 9 x 13″ pan: chicken broth, tomato sauce, green chilies, taco seasoning, rice, and onion. Mix all together.
  • Lay the pork chops on top of the rice mixture, then top chops with peppers.
  • Bake for 50-60 minutes then top with shredded cheese and enjoy!
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What kind of pork chops are best?

When it comes to choosing the best pork chops for this recipe, I would recommend a boneless pork chop or a bone-in pork chop that is about 1/2″ thick. If your pork chop is thicker than that, you may need to increase the cooking time.

Thin cut pork chops (thinner than 1/2″) will most likely turn out dry; I would recommend cooking for less time if you do use this type of pork chop.

Using a thick boneless pork chop will cook a little faster than a bone-in chop, so if you do use a boneless chop, you may want to decrease the time a little bit.

When it comes to keeping the pork from drying out while baking here’s a tip: the more marbled and fatty your pork chop is, the more tender it will be after cooking.

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Serves: 6

Fiesta Pork Chops and Rice Bake Recipe

4.67 from 6 votes

Fiesta Pork Chops and Rice all baked together in one pan – dinner can not get any easier!

Prep Time 10 minutes mins

Cook Time 1 hour hr 5 minutes mins

Total Time 1 hour hr 15 minutes mins



  • 6 boneless pork chops (½ inch thick)
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • cups chicken broth
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce 1 can
  • 4 ounces diced green chilies 1 can
  • 1.25 ounces taco seasoning 1 packet
  • 1 cup long grain rice uncooked
  • ½ onion diced
  • 1 green bell pepper chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped
  • ½ cup shredded colby jack cheese



  • Pork chops tend to have a reputation of being dried out. The secret to slow cooker pork chops is tobe sure to not overcook them.


Calories: 445 kcal · Carbohydrates: 34 g · Protein: 35 g · Fat: 18 g · Saturated Fat: 6 g · Polyunsaturated Fat: 2 g · Monounsaturated Fat: 9 g · Trans Fat: 1 g · Cholesterol: 100 mg · Sodium: 1061 mg · Potassium: 855 mg · Fiber: 3 g · Sugar: 5 g · Vitamin A: 1550 IU · Vitamin C: 54 mg · Calcium: 114 mg · Iron: 2 mg


  • Large Skillet

  • 9×13-inch Baking Pan

  • Non-stick Cooking Spray

  • Aluminum Foil

Recipe Details

Course: Main Course

Cuisine: Mexican

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  1. Janet R says:

    This dish sounds delicious! I wonder if it should be covered with foil while baking...

  2. Chandra@The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen says:

    Oh this is right up my alley! I am pinning this to make for dinner soon!

  3. Camille says:

    Janet- thank you so much for reminding me! Yes, cover with foil. :) I changed it in the directions.

  4. Lynn says:

    Sounds delicious! I bet this woul be good with a base layer of refried beans too!

  5. Sarah says:

    Looks delish! What is the white stuff under the cheese..? Looks like sour cream but the recipe doesn't call for it. Or is it just part if the cheese ? Hehe

  6. Cyd says:

    It is just the colby jack cheese. It's white and orange. :)

  7. Carrie says:

    Is there a crockpot version ? This looks delicious!

  8. Jenna says:

    Made this last night for the family, it was AMAZING! Thanks!

  9. Katie says:

    This looks so good! If you use brown rice, do you think it would need a longer cooking time? Thanks!

  10. Cyd says:

    We don't have a crock pot version of this recipe....yet. :)

  11. Jennie says:

    I would also like to know if there's a crock pot version! Looks like I could pretty much do the recipe the same and just adjust the cooking time in the crock pot? Any recommendations for how long?

  12. Cyd says:

    Maybe slightly longer, just keep an eye on your pork.

  13. Cyd says:

    Just until the pork is cooked through and the rice is fully cooked. Could take a few hours.

  14. Kathy says:

    I made this the other night with some leftover shredded pork and organic brown rice. Excellent! It did take about twice as long as the recipe states to cook the rice, and I did not use a taco seasoning packet to avoid any yucky stuff and just used my own spices. Will make again :). Thanks!

  15. AShley says:

    I made this in the crockpot tonight. I followed the directions except put it in the crockpot. Yeah kinda a fail. I should have just thrown it in the oven.

  16. connie says:

    I made this last night for dinner and my family lived it!! I think I am gonna try with chicken next. Thanks!!

  17. Beth says:

    I made this for dinner tonight. The pork was delicious but the rice never did completely cook. I wonder what I did wrong?

  18. Diann says:

    What is the white creamy sauce that is on top??

  19. Cyd says:

    Colby Jack Cheese. It's orange and white.

  20. Trish Melton says:

    We are trying to eat healthier, so I have saved 60 recipes to make. This one is definitely a winner. The rice is a little spicy but my family liked it a lot.

  21. Miranda says:

    I made this today and it was great. I had to substite mild salsa for the tomato sauce because I didn't have any. Thank you so much for the recipe.

  22. Heather Arnold says:

    I made this tonight for dinner and it was a hit. Everyone eat it and liked it. I also made your quick ambrosia salad it was also great. I made my grocery list this week from only Six Sisters recipes. So far so good. I did add and subtract some things, I left off peppers from pork chops and added sliced avocado and tomatoes. I also added strawberries and pecan to the fruit salad. I will be making it again. I'm thinking the fruit salad for a quick breakfast before my son goes to school in the mornings. Six Sisters is my new addiction.

  23. Cyd says:

    Thanks Heather! You made our day!!Cyd (mom of the Six Sisters)

  24. Tammy says:

    I have never tried one of your recipes that I didn't love and my entire family which consists of many people. Making the fiesta pork chop and rice bake tonight if it tastes as good as it looks worse so thank you so much for the recipe

  25. Sherri says:

    I made this dish exactly as written and mine is really watery. It doesn't look like your picture that looks like all the rice absorbed the liquid. Any suggestions ?

  26. Lynne says:

    I'd love to try this, but we aren't using our ovens in Phoenix during the summer heat. Would this work in an electric skillet?

  27. Cyd says:

    It should work, just be sure that the pork chops and rice are cooked through.

  28. Suej says:

    This is my go to recipe for pork chops. I have made this for my hubby and I several times. And it has never failed me. Thank you for sharing. P.S. love the leftover rice for lunch the next day.

  29. Leslie H Bauer says:

    Our rice is still crunchy after an hour of baking... Took the pork chops out and put the rice back in....

  30. Natalie says:

    Could this be made in the Instant Pot??

  31. Cyd says:

    Here is our post about converting recipes for the instant pot.

  32. Kristen Hoekstra says:

    Same! It was very undercooked and the water didn't get absorbed. We were so disappointed because it would have been so good! The pork was perfectly cooked. I wonder why the rice didn't cook?

  33. Kathy Huizenga says:

    Is instant rice supposed to be used in this recipe? How come nobody replies to questions about the rice being under cooked

  34. Cyd says:

    We did not have a problem with the rice being undercooked. It says cook for 50-60 minutes or until rice is tender. You could cook it a little longer for the rice. You could remove the pork chops if the rice needed more time. Then place them back on and add the cheese.

  35. Dawn Mentzer says:

    This sound delish . But we are going low carb. Can we use cauliflower rice instead of regular rice?

  36. Lisa says:

    I had the same problem as others. Great taste but cooking times all wrong. Removed 3/4 inch pork chops at 50 min and they were already overdone (175degrees). Had to cook rice for another 25Min to complete cooking/absorb liquid. Will definitely try another recipe but this one needs some work!

  37. Byenia says:

    This recipe turned out pretty good, though I did use a can of Rotel and some jarred salsa in place of the cans of green chiles and tomato sauce, plus brown rice instead of white rice and a homemade blend in place of store-bought taco seasoning. Needed to cook a little over twice as long (for both the rice and for the pork chops to be cooked fully throughout, though mine did start out partially frozen). Flavor was terrific and it's definitely a recipe I'd use again (with the changes made included). Served it with a corn & black bean salsa.

  38. Joycekk says:

    We really enjoyed this recipe! Everything about it was great! The pork was tender and rice was fully cooked. I had leftover pasta sauce so I used that instead of tomato sauce.

  39. Allison says:

    These were so delicious. The kids said it smelled and tasted like their favorite Mexican food place! My dad was coming over (and he's diabetic) so I used brown minute rice (1 3/4 c of instant rice and the same 1 3/4 c broth) and did everything else the same and it came out great! Thanks for a great recipe!

  40. Sharon says:

    I made this tonight for tea.It was delicious x x

  41. Becky Buchholz says:

    This recipe was super tasty. Do you have a trick for using brown rice instead of white? Thought I had it but my brown rice was still kinda crunchy? I did test a spoonful but i must have gotten a good spoonful.

  42. Momma Cyd says:

    Brown rice takes longer to cook than white rice and requires more water.

  43. d4v1d says:

    Nice recipe - I used crush tomatoes, which I feel is a major improvement over a processed sauce. Water instead of stock is fine, if you have adequate seasoning on the pork (and hint: mix salsa or pico de gallo in with the tomatoes).. I have made this family favorite a couple times...and will keep doing so.

  44. Gittyupgranny@6 says:

    I just made these in my electric skillet they cooked up so tender. I will definitely try them again. Delish! Thanks, Note: I used bone in chops, also precooked brown rice, an eletric skillet the only exceptions!

  45. Pam says:

    This was very flavorful. I intended to follow the recipe exactly, but forgot to add the cheese. Delicious anyway! I baked for 50 minutes and the rice was perfect-pork could have used a little less time. Next time I’ll check the pork at 45 minutes. I’ll definitely make this again and again….

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  46. Ilene Pergl says:

    How can I convert this to an air fryer oven

  47. MB says:

    What type of rice did you use when you had bad results? What type of rice did people use who had success?

  48. Cheryl says:

    This was delicious! Super easy fix for a weeknight! Definitely going to be a staple in our house!

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  49. Cara says:

    This was really good. I followed the recipe exactly, except I accidentally put the peppers in the rice mixture instead of on top. It was fine. Thanks!

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  50. Alina Holmes says:

    I never leave reviews on recipes but this time I had to. This has been a staple in my house for a couple of years now. One of those recipes that you can tell has been made so many times that the paper is stained and work out. We love to serve it with sour cream and guacamole, yum! Even my three kids love this one. Thanks so much for the great meal!

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  51. Momma Cyd says:

    You just made our whole day!! Thanks for taking the time to leave a review! We love the Fiesta Pork Chops and we are glad your family likes them too!

  52. Jo L Parr says:

    I am trying this tonight. However, I plan to use a boxed mix of Spanish Rice (Rice-a-Roni or the like) and precook the rice for a few minutes prior to placing in the oven. Too many times I have used similar recipes and the rice seems to never really get completely done.

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  53. Jo L Parr says:

    I prepared tonight. As a heads up, I precook my rice using a packaged Spanish rice mix. Mixed all other ingredients as recommended in the rice. Also, as one person suggested, I spread refried beans on the bottom of the casserole pan. Otherwise, as written. It was a very good choice for my pork chops.

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  54. Beth Swaringam says:

    Do you think you could add diced zucchini to the tomatoes to have some vegetable? Would that change the cooking time at all?

  55. Momma Cyd says:

    Add in any veggies that will cook during the cooking time. Zucchini sounds amazing!

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Should you cover pork chops when you re baking them in the oven? ›

Some baked pork chop recipes do require that the pan is covered with either foil or a lid. It creates steam and ensures that the meat is tender and juicy. Those recipes typically require a long cook time and may add vegetables to the pan, and some uncover the chops to finish browning them at a higher temperature.

How long does it take to cook a pork chop in the oven at 350? ›

Bake pork chops that are about 1¼-inch thick at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 14 to 17 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer registers 145 degrees Fahrenheit. If you're concerned about the bake time varying because the chops are boneless or bone-in, stop worrying.

Is it better to bake pork chops at 350 or 400? ›

Is It Better to Bake Pork Chops at 350 or 400? The best temperature for baking pork chops depends on how thick they are, how you've prepared them and your personal preferences. Baking pork chops at 350 degrees F will result in more gently cooked and tender pork chops, but it will take more time.

How long to cook pork chops in the oven at 400 degrees? ›

How Long to Bake Pork Chops at 400 Degrees F. At 400 degrees F you can count on 7 to 8 minutes for each 1/2 inch of thickness your pork chops are. So, 3/4-inch-thick chops will take 10 to 12 minutes, 1-inch-thick cooks in 15 to 16 minutes, and so on.

How do you keep pork chops from drying out in the oven? ›

Brine the pork to maintain moisture by soaking it in a mixture of salt and water, baking soda, vinegar or even milk. You can also pour hot water over the loin to shrink the rind, which can enable better absorption of brine, milk, oil or marinade.

What temperature is best for baking pork chops? ›

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Sprinkle pork chops on all sides with thyme, salt, and pepper. Place on a baking sheet. Bake in the preheated oven until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of a pork chop reads 145 degrees F (63 degrees C), about 20 minutes.

What is the best way to cook a pork chop so it's tender? ›

How to Make Tender Pork Chops
  1. Opt for Thick-Cut Bone-In Pork Chops. Thin-cut pork chops won't sear properly in the time it takes to cook them through. ...
  2. Skip the Brine, but Season Liberally. ...
  3. Let the Pork Chops Rest. ...
  4. Sear Pork Chops Over Medium-High Heat. ...
  5. Baste the Pork Chops. ...
  6. Let the Pork Chops Rest, Again. ...
  7. Serve.
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How do you know when pork chops are done baking? ›

The safe internal pork cooking temperature for fresh cuts is 145° F. To check doneness properly, use a digital cooking thermometer. Fresh cut muscle meats such as pork chops, pork roasts, pork loin, and tenderloin should measure 145° F, ensuring the maximum amount of flavor.

Is it better to cook pork chops at 350 or 375? ›

For baking pork chops, the recommended oven temperature is around 375°F (190°C). This temperature provides a good balance for cooking the pork chops through while allowing them to develop a flavorful crust.

Do pork chops get more tender the longer you cook them? ›

For chops, steaks and cutlets-things typically cooked over high heat-longer cooking time just makes it a tasteless hockey puck. For roasts or other things cooked over low heat, then longer cooking time makes it more tender.

Are pork chops better in the oven or on the stove? ›

Because one of the best ways to bake pork chops is to start in an oven-safe skillet on the stove and then transfer them into a hot oven. High-heat frying sears them to a golden brown; and a moderately hot oven (400 degrees F) bakes the pork chops gently enough to keep them from drying out.

What temperature are pork chops most tender? ›

Tender Cuts of Pork: Cooking Time and Temperature

The general rule is that these cuts should be cooked at a high temperature for the briefest period of time it takes to reach an internal temperature of 145°F.

What is the best way to cook pork chops without them drying out? ›

This method for making perfect pork chops is simple—first, the chops are seared in a very hot pan for about 3 minutes, then they're flipped and cooked the rest of the way in the oven. Preparing them this way ensures that they're cooked through but not overcooked. No one wants tough, dry chops.

Is 30 minutes long enough to bake pork chops? ›

Bake them for 25-30 minutes for 1-inch thick bone-in pork chops. For boneless pork chops, reduce the baking time to 20-25 minutes.

Can you overcook pork chops in oven? ›

Not Using a Meat Thermometer

Undercooked pork carries the risk of food-borne illness, and overcooked pork can be dried-out, tough, and chewy. Cook your chop until it's around 135 degrees, and then transfer it to a cutting board—the residual heat will bring it to the USDA's recommended 145 degrees.

How do you keep pork chops moist while cooking? ›

Fat is key to keeping pork chops moist

Basting them with fat, such as butter. Add in aromatics while basting for more flavor — similar to how you might cook a steak — and then you have the added bonus of browned butter and crispy garlic and/or herbs to serve with the meat.

How to cook pork chops at 350? ›

  1. Gather all ingredients. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). ...
  2. Place pork chops in a baking pan. ...
  3. Season each chop with seasoning salt, garlic powder, and parsley. ...
  4. Bake in the preheated oven until pork is slightly pink in the center, about 35 minutes.
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What is the rule for cooking pork chops? ›

Cook pork, roasts, and chops to 145 ºF as measured with a food thermometer before removing meat from the heat source, with a three-minute rest time before carving or consuming. This will result in a product that is both safe and at its best quality—juicy and tender.

Should pork chops be at room temp before baking? ›

Let your chops sit on the counter for about 30 minutes before you begin to cook them. If the meat is too cold, the outside will overcook while the inside comes to the right temperature. Giving the pork a little time to warm up will ensure a nice crust on the outside, with a tender center.

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