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Chuletas Guisadas

If you’re looking for tender, juicy pork chops look no further than these Chuletas Guisadas stewed with peppers and onions. Serve over rice to soak up every last drop of the tomato sofrito sauce!

Plate of chuletas guisadas over rice with avocado on the side

Puerto Rican Pork Chops

There are three pork chop recipes in my family:

  1. Puerto Rican Pork Chops (chuleta frita) which are super quick and easy.
  2. Cream of Mushroom Pork Chops with the best creamy gravy for mashed potatoes.
  3. And these Chuletas Guisadas which are smothered in a savory peppers, onions and tomato sauce.

I love how versatile these Puerto Rican style pork chops are, and they only need a few ingredients to create major flavor!

Stewed pork chops with peppers and onions

How to Make Chuletas Guisadas

  • Pork chops – these can be any cut or thickness, bone-in or bone out. I usually get thin ones since they cook faster, or whatever is looking good at the grocery store that day. You can also substitute thinly slices chicken fillets!
  • Sofrito – homemade sofrito gives the best flavor, but if not, you can substitute Goya jarred recaito or Goya frozen sofrito. I’ve also made it without sofrito and it comes out delicious. Add some chopped cilantro to the dish if that’s the case.
  • Bell pepper – you can use any color combination you like.
  • Onion – white or yellow onion
  • Tomato sauce – Spanish style tomato sauce is my favorite
  • Adobo – if you use homemade adobo seasoning you can omit extra salt, pepper, garlic, etc.
  • Sazón – this ingredient is optional, but gives color and tenderizes the pork.
Pork chops browning in pan

Season and brown the pork chops. Sauté the sofrito and add the rest of the ingredients.

Then add the pork chops into the sauce and simmer until they’re tender.

Cooking tomato sauce for chuletas guisadas

I’ve found that thin chops will cook in about 20 minutes while thick chops can take 40+ minutes.

Chops with some fat on them will be more tender than the lean cuts.

Plate of chuletas guisadas over rice with avocado on the side

We usually serve this over white rice with a side salad or sliced avocado.

This recipe will make enough sauce for 4+ pork chops, but it’s really easy to increase if you’d like more servings.

Plate of chuletas guisadas over rice with avocado on the side

Chuletas Guisadas (Stewed Pork Chops)

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Simple but flavorful Puerto Rican style pork chops simmered in a tomato broth with peppers and onions.


  • 4 pork chops (any cut and thickness)
  • 1 teaspoon adobo seasoning
  • 1 packet Sazón (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup sofrito
  • 1/2 cup canned tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • Salt, pepper and garlic powder, to taste
  • Hot white rice, for serving


  1. Season pork chops generously with adobo and sazón (if using). Add extra salt, pepper and garlic powder, if desired.
  2. In a large skillet or caldero, heat oil over medium-high heat. Brown pork chops on both sides (1-2 minutes per side), then remove from pan.
  3. Add sofrito and cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently, until soft and fragrant.
  4. Add tomato sauce, water, onion and peppers and stir to combine. Season to taste with additional adobo.
  5. Return pork chops back to pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a low simmer, cover pan and cook until tender. About 20+ minutes for thin chops and 40+ for thick cut.
  6. If desired, add additional water to thin the sauce or let simmer without the lid to thicken.
  7. Serve over white rice.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 458Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 132mgSodium: 628mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 44g

Nutritional information provided is an estimate only. Please consult the labels of ingredients you use for more accurate results.

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Puerto Rican Pork Chops | Kitchen Gidget

Carmen Hix

Thursday 30th of September 2021

Where does the Recaito come in?


Thursday 30th of September 2021

Use fresh sofrito if you can (step 3). If you buy the jarred kind, for some reason Goya calls their green sofrito "recaito" and the Goya sofrito is red. It's confusing.

Margarita Martinez Martinez

Saturday 3rd of April 2021

I maje ir and os delicious!!!!Mt husband too.


Sunday 31st of January 2016

I made these today and they were delicious. They don't sell sazón in my country so I made my own with a twist. I've never had or tasten "real" goya sazon so i dont know what is supposed to taste like but I mixed :

1 tablespoon ground coriander 1 tablespoon ground cumin 1 tablespoon paprika 1/2 tablespoon smoked paprika 1 tablespoon garlic powder 1 tablespoon onion powder 1 tablespoon salt

I used about 3 teaspoons of my "diy sazon" for seasoning the pork chops and also added 3 teaspoons to the sauce because i like my food packed with flavour. Aside from that I followed your exact recipe and it turned out superree yummieee delicous. My house smelled great while these where simmering on the stove. I'll definetely be making these again!


Tuesday 2nd of April 2019

The way you did it is better. Adobo and sazon have msg. I don't use them. I'm a N.Y. Rican and I love making stews. It's so easy and delicious. I use sofrito because it's everything you need to give it flavor and you can puree and store it in the freezer until you need it. Garlic, red and green peppers,onions, cilantro.


Sunday 31st of January 2016

I'm so happy you liked them and were able to make them without the premixed sazon!! And thanks for sharing the DIY recipe with my other readers!

Hanna @

Sunday 12th of January 2014

My pork chops never seem to come out well, so duhhhhh... I should have been using a slow cooker! I had to look up Sazón, but I'm pretty sure I can find it now that I know what I'm looking for. Thanks! :D

Rebekah | The Kitchen Gidget

Sunday 12th of January 2014

Let me know if you make them! The Sazón will help to tenderize and the annatto that's in the mix turns it a pretty color. Your blog is so unique...I mean Bacon Maple Donut cocktail? Mind = blown :-D


Saturday 11th of January 2014

It's been decades since I've made these. Don't know why but hungry for them now! With PR rice of course!

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