Balsamic Marinated Pork Chops and Baked Beans

As much fun as eating Thanksgiving leftovers can be, it’s time for a change, and I’m craving pork and beans. Why pork and beans? I have no idea, but once a craving hits, I can’t let it go.

Balsamic Glazed Pork Chops

Balsamic Glazed Pork Chops

As far as I’m concerned, there is no easier way to impart flavor to foods than to marinade them in a sweet or savory sauce. I love using a good balsamic vinegar because its strong, sweet flavor works well with meat or vegetables.

I start with a basic combination of fruity olive oil, balsamic vinegar, honey and spicy Dijon mustard. Then all I have to do is add my herb of choice and I have the perfect marinade.

If you really want to get fancy you could make extra marinade and reduce it into a savory sauce for your pork chops, but this pork chop recipe is happy enough with those baked beans I was craving.

Balsamic Glazed Pork

Balsamic Glazed Pork

Craving satisfied! Caramelized glazed pork chops on top of sweet and spicy baked beans. What’s missing? Hmmmmm. Probably my usual veggies. No worries, I served a salad on the side. Now that’s what I call a meal!

Happy cooking!

Balsamic Marinated Pork Chops
  • 2 pounds boneless skinless pork chops, 8 chops
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  1. Combine marinade ingredients in a large zip lock bag. Add pork and marinade for one hour.
  2. Grill or pan fry chops over medium heat for 5 - 6 minutes per side until pork is cooked through and just faintly pink in the middle. Allow to rest for 3 - 5 minutes so chops finish cooking through.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 8


Servings: 8
Nutrition Per Serving
Calories: 249, Weight Watchers PointsPlus 6
Total Fat: 13.76g
Cholesterol: 75mg
Sodium: 63mg
Total Carbs: 3.18g
Dietary Fiber: 0.09g
Sugars: 2.70g
Protein: 24.55g

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  1. says

    This looks so delicious and easy! I must confess, I’m lousy at making pork chops – I have a tendency to cook them into oblivion (and they taste awful, provided anyone can even chew them). I’ll bet a flavorful marinade like this one will help with keeping them tender. Saving this one.

  2. says

    Yep That is definitely what I would call a meal too! Chops n beans are a favorite of mine as well. Never tried balsamic vinegar for marinade, only red wine or apple cider. Guess how our next pork chops will be served… Thanks for the idea!

  3. says

    What a wonderful meal to eat after a week of Turkey! Thank you for sharing such a tempting meal with me, and thank you for your kind words on my blog! I hope you are having a happy start to your week!

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  4. says

    You always post the BEST recipes!!! This sounds wonderful. I don’t make pork very often, because I always overcook it. This recipe sounds easy enough, and the ingredients are all wonderful. And who doesn’t like pork and BEANS?!

  5. says

    Ok, I’m back to comment now. I got so distracted (in a good way:), with your previous comments, I kept clicking further & further away!

    I agree, balsamic vinegar provides soooo much flavor. What a model of health you are to be craving beans! Awesome 😉

  6. says

    Kristi, I love the marinade for these port chops, your right balsamic vinegar is perfect for pretty much anything. Looks like a great meal and your making me hungry :)!

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