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

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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 :))

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

54 thoughts on “Green Rice, Chile-Rubbed Pork Chops, and a GIVEAWAY

  1. 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!!!

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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…

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

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

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