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Grilled Cuban Pork Chops, plantains, and rice on a white plate with a dark blue napkin and fork
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Grilled Cuban Pork Chops and Plantains

Grilled Cuban Pork Chops are marinated in a delicious blend of flavors including orange, lime, fresh herbs and spices then grilled to perfection! This recipe will give you intensely flavored, juicy pork chops every time!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Marinating Time8 hrs
Total Time8 hrs 40 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American, Gluten Free, Pork
Servings: 4
Calories: 779kcal


Grilled Cuban Pork Chops

  • 4 thick cut pork chops
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 orange * zested
  • 1 cup orange juice * freshly squeezed
  • 1 lime * zested
  • 1/2 cup lime * freshly squeezed
  • 1 cup cilantro * finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup mint leaves * finely chopped
  • 8 cloves garlic * minced
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin

Grilled Plantains

  • 2 plantains * cut in half and sliced horizontally
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil * melted


Grilled Cuban Pork Chops

  • Whisk together the olive oil, orange zest, orange juice, lime zest, lime juice, cilantro, mint, garlic, oregano and cumin. Reserve 1/4 cup of the marinade.
  • Pour the remaining marinade into a large zip top bag (or a container with a lid) and add the pork chops.
  • Let the pork marinate in the refrigerator overnight, or for at least 8 hours.
  • Insert the grill grate into the Ninja Foodi Grill and close the lid. Select grill, set the temperature to high, and set the time to 15 minutes (for thick cut pork chops).
  • Once the grill is preheated, remove the pork chops from the marinade, letting the excess drip off before adding them to the grill. Press them down lightly.
  • Close the lid and allow to cook for 7-8 minutes.
  • Carefully open the lid, turn the pork chops over, and close the lid to cook the remainder of the time set or until the pork reaches an internal temperature of 150°F.
  • Remove the pork chops to a plate, cover with foil, and allow to rest.

Grilled Plantains

  • Reset the Ninja Foodi Grill to grill at the MAX temperature, and set the time for 8 minutes.
  • Once the grill is preheated, brush the plantains with melted coconut oil and add to the hot grill.
  • Close the lid and cook for 4 minutes, then flip and cook an additional 4 minutes.


Tips and Techniques for the Best Grilled Cuban Pork Chops

  • Marinate the pork chops for at least 8 hours for the most flavor.
  • Fresh is always best.  However, I have used dried herbs and bottled juices in the past and the end result is still really delicious.
  • Store leftover pork chops in an air-tight container in the refrigerator. Use within 3-4 days.
  • Top the plantains with brown sugar and maple syrup, if desired.
** Nutritional Information is an estimate and may vary.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 779kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 51g | Fat: 47g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 152mg | Sodium: 120mg | Potassium: 1520mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 1550IU | Vitamin C: 54.8mg | Calcium: 75mg | Iron: 3.4mg