Green Rice, Chile-Rubbed Pork Chops, and a GIVEAWAY

December 6, 2013 · 54 comments

in mexican/tex-mex,pork,rice and grains

You guys know how much I love southwestern, Mexican and Tex-Mex food, right? So, cooking from The New Southwest by Meagan Micozzi, a fellow blogger who runs the fabulous site Scarletta Bakes, was a no brainer.

The book is packed full of awesome-sounding dishes, and the two we decided to try first were great. I’ve already picked out the third (sweet potato and bacon sopes, for the record).

Both the pork chops and rice were easy to make and packed with flavor. If you know me at all you know of my poblano obsession, so it’s no surprise that I especially loved the rice. Although it takes a bit of time to make, I see no reason why you couldn’t roast the vegetables and make the paste ahead of time, and then just cook the rice with the mixture later on.

The pork chops are intended to be grilled but the night I made this it was 13 degrees so we opted for the much-warmer-and-not frost-covered-indoor broiler. They still turned out great. My local spice store carries both mild and spicy New Mexico chili powder and I went with the spicy version.

You’ll have to excuse the pictures.  Seven years blogging and I still have no idea how to photograph in non-natural light, sooooo…. :)

Zachary deemed this a “favorite meal” and also said, “Thanks, mom, for making such a yummy meal.” So, there you go, a 3 year old’s seal of approval (which, by the way, are both the most important and most difficult to come by).

Want to win your own copy of Meagan’s The New Southwest? Here’s your chance! Enter to win below. Giveaway ends Thursday, December 12th, and 11:59PM.

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Disclaimer: A copy of The New Southwest was provided to me for review, and will also be provided for the winning reader. All ideas expressed in this post are my own (and my son’s :))

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Jean December 6, 2013 at 9:35 am

As I am reading your post, I am in the process of making Chicken Enchiladas. We really really like Tex-Mex and Mexican food, and can’t get enough of it! I would love to win this cookbook, and then try everything in it!!!


Eva @ Eva Bakes December 6, 2013 at 10:09 am

I’m not sure if it’s authentic southwestern, but I love shrimp enchiladas… with a bit of spice, of course!


Chrissy December 6, 2013 at 10:11 am

This looks great! We always have Tex-Mex or Mexican food on Friday. I’d love to add some new recipes to the rotation!


The Home Cook December 6, 2013 at 10:13 am

I love refried beans. So good.


Stacey December 6, 2013 at 10:20 am

I love, love, love poblanos in anything Southwest oriented!


Cassie December 6, 2013 at 10:42 am

I love hatch green chilies. They are amazing.


Nicole December 6, 2013 at 11:47 am

This sounds great! I think my favorite southwestern dish is a roasted corn and poblano enchilada I had at a restaurant ages ago. I love corn in general, and anything you put that in will make me happy!


Celeste B. December 6, 2013 at 11:49 am

I love anything Southwestern, especially if it is spicy.


Jillian_R December 6, 2013 at 11:58 am

I love chili rellenos!


Meg S December 6, 2013 at 12:14 pm

Green chile! My boyfriend lived in Albuquerque for a while and has shared his love of green chile with me. Love it!


Kelsey December 6, 2013 at 12:42 pm

I love her recipes. Now that I live in North Texas, this book would be a great way to keep hold of some of the Arizona recipes I loved, like tamales and posole.


Ali @ Solano's Kitchen December 6, 2013 at 12:43 pm

Yum! My favorite dish to make is chicken enchiladas, but my favorite dish to eat is tacos al pastor! I should probably try making it so it can be my favorite dish to make, too… :)


Jan December 6, 2013 at 1:21 pm

I’m a big fan of Tex-Mex dishes – I love a good Tex Mex chili! These pork chops look right up my alley!


Blondie December 6, 2013 at 2:12 pm

I love chile verde! So good!


Chi Chi December 6, 2013 at 2:24 pm

I actually cannot think of a favorite, I would say anything spicy will get the job done, though. :)


Heather December 6, 2013 at 2:41 pm

I just bought a huge pack of pork chops so these are going on the menu for next week–they look great!

As far as my favorite southwestern ingredients, I’d have to say poblanos. I really don’t like spicy food so I avoided them for many years but I have begun to really like the roasted poblano flavor recently.


Andrianna December 6, 2013 at 2:42 pm

Mmm…the rice looks fantastic!


Kate December 6, 2013 at 4:00 pm

I love chorizo in just about everything. That’s Southwestern, right?


Ann December 6, 2013 at 4:06 pm

This looks delicious!


Jessie December 6, 2013 at 4:27 pm

My favorite Tex/Mex dish is chicken fajitas. Very simple but it’s what I get almost every time we eat Mexican. When I lived in TX for a few years, breakfast tacos (potato and egg) were pretty good too…


Julianne December 6, 2013 at 5:09 pm



Erin December 6, 2013 at 5:20 pm

I love southwest too. I wish it could be every meal (almost)!


erin December 6, 2013 at 5:21 pm

veggie enchiladas! i recently had them with artichokes in them. they were AMAZING!


Stacy December 6, 2013 at 5:24 pm

One of our favorite meals is chicken enchiladas, but these pork chops might give them a run for their money!


Erin December 6, 2013 at 5:40 pm

Enchiladas all the way!!


Sonja December 6, 2013 at 6:02 pm

mole chicken. yummmy. I am hungry.


libby December 6, 2013 at 6:08 pm

I love refried beans


Anne December 6, 2013 at 6:12 pm

Huevos rancheros is definitely up there, especially with my current obsession with eggs


Kim Porter December 6, 2013 at 11:43 pm

I love corn…fresh, if available!


tcmary December 7, 2013 at 1:58 am

My fav south wester dish is fajitas. Chicken, beef, shrimp or whatever, they’re all delish.


Joanne December 7, 2013 at 5:49 am

I have The New Southwest and LOVE it!! Everything Meagan makes is super creative. I definitely want to try that green rice in the near future!


Melinda December 7, 2013 at 8:31 am

The pork chops look delicious. Using an easy and flavorful rub is definitely my favorite way to prepare. Can’t wait to try these.


Hezzi-D December 7, 2013 at 9:46 am

I make a pretty tasty Tex-Mex pasta dish that is really good.


bellini December 7, 2013 at 11:06 am

When I lived in Ontario pork was much more prevalent in our diet, that must of course change.


gina December 7, 2013 at 12:29 pm

gotta love the beans


Urban Wife December 7, 2013 at 1:18 pm

Huevos rancheros! (I think they’re Southwestern…)


Carolyn December 7, 2013 at 4:51 pm

I love green chile chicken enchiladas


Holly December 7, 2013 at 5:01 pm

I love chili powder and cumin, but I think the most versatile southwestern ingredient is either black or pinto beans.


Susan Christy December 7, 2013 at 5:47 pm

Huevos con Chorizo or Chilaquiles – those might be Mexican, but I’ve eaten delicious versions of both in the Southwest!


Cheryl W. December 7, 2013 at 7:07 pm

Chicken Posole, does my body good. Love it! Thanks for the opportunity to enter.


Beth December 7, 2013 at 9:14 pm

Does guacamole count?? Because that’s my favorite. :)


Sarah L December 7, 2013 at 9:40 pm

I love green chiles. I also like cumin, which seems to be in a lot of Southwestern cuisine.


Karen - Cinnamon Freud December 9, 2013 at 1:00 am

Green chiles


Missy December 9, 2013 at 9:44 am

I love queso fundido


Kat December 9, 2013 at 1:03 pm

Just made stuffed poblano peppers the other night, also have been making fish tacos a lot. Thanks for the giveaway.


Kristen December 9, 2013 at 3:02 pm

Does corn count? Because I love corn!


Marie December 9, 2013 at 10:13 pm

I LOVE avocados!!! And jalapenos!!


Ann McCord December 10, 2013 at 10:38 am

Cumin is my #1 favorite flavor. I really like posole and green chili and a good pork/chili stew. My biggest problem when eating at a Southwest restaurant is deciding on one thing to eat….it all looks good! Oh no, I almost forgot beans! I love pinto beans.


Jill A. December 10, 2013 at 12:29 pm

Wow, those porkchops look delicious! Thanks for the giveaway!


Georgann Ganas December 11, 2013 at 7:22 am

I love avocado. And enchiladas/burritos with lots of smoky, grilled veggies. And fish tacos. Darn, it’s 8 am and now I’m hungry.


barbara n December 11, 2013 at 12:43 pm

I love to cook with cumin and cilantro and love anything with black beans!


Lorraine Ferguson December 12, 2013 at 11:44 am

This sounds fantastic!


Lisa December 12, 2013 at 4:33 pm

Sounds delicious!


Carolsue December 12, 2013 at 9:26 pm

Chile Rellenos are my favorite!


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