This Mexican pork chops recipe—a Familia Kitchen community favorite—was sent in by Brian Quaid of Chicago. He learned how to make these chuletas from his mother in law, Gregoria González—called “Gollita” by all, and one of our favorite Mexican abuela cocineras. Gollita loves to cook and teach her family to make her traditional Mexican recipes—and one of her best students is Brian. At family fiestas, he parks himself in her kitchen, watching Gollita add a little this, a little that—to make sure he masters her family-famous recipes.
These sweet and savory pork chops are one of Gollita’s most-requested meals: a go-to dinner favorite when all her kids and grandkids come over. Gollita grew up in San Luis Potosí, Mexico, and learned to cook from her mother, who was a great cook. Gollita lives close to Brian and daughter Ana in Illinois. She takes pride in passing on her family-famous recipes to the next generation—so they can cook their way home, too.
This dish kicks off a Familia Kitchen series we’ll call—at Brian’s suggestion—“Guero Corner.” Today, Brian walks us though how he learned to make Gollita’s authentic Mexican chuletas simmered in a rich, stewy tomato sauce and caramelized onions. Cumin adds just the right amount of smoky flavor. His one tweak is using slightly less tomato sauce, reducing the amount from 30 oz to 20 oz, so that the chops are a little bit less saucy and more texturized.
If you like this recipe, check out more recipes from Gollita’s family: her daughter Sagra’s shrimp, cucumber and chiles ceviche, her daughter Gracie’s chilaquiles verdes, her daughter Ana’s nopales with pickled jalapeños, her sister Nata’s pozole rojo, and—last but the opposite of least—her Familia Kitchen Recipe Contest-winning Gollita’s essential guacamole!