Tortilla and cheese, the classic combination brought to you by a million and one varieties of Mexican cuisine, is perfectly highlighted in this festive dinner. Salty, crunchy goodness triumphantly tops a delicious pork chop, and the squash side, dotted with a lively lime crema, provides the perfect counterbalance to the rich cheese and pork. Light and rich, textured and soft… this meal provides the perfect marriage of contrasts, to go brilliantly with the classic union of tortilla and cheese.
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You Will Need
Medium Non-Stick Pan
Before You Cook
Prepare the Ingredients
Trim zucchini and yellow squash ends, halve lengthwise, and cut into ½” half-moons.
Halve lime. Quarter one half and juice remaining half.
Stem and mince cilantro.
Pat pork chops dry, and season both sides with ¼ tsp. salt and a pinch of pepper.
Roast the Squash
Place zucchini and yellow squash on prepared baking sheet and toss with chipotle seasoning (to taste), ¼ tsp. salt, and a pinch of pepper.
Spread into a single layer and roast in hot oven, 15 minutes.
Remove from oven. Squash will finish cooking in a later step.
While squash roasts, sear pork chop.
Sear the Pork Chops
Place a medium non-stick pan over medium-high heat and add 1 tsp. olive oil.
Add pork chops to hot pan and sear until browned, 2-3 minutes per side.
Remove from burner. Pork chops will finish cooking in a later step.
Finish the Pork Chops and Squash
Coarsely crush tortilla strips. In a mixing bowl, combine crushed tortilla strips, cheese, and 1 tsp. olive oil.
Carefully, move squash on one side of baking sheet. Place pork chops in empty space and top with tortilla strip-cheese mixture.
Roast until pork chops reach a minimum internal temperature of 145 degrees, 6-7 minutes.
Make Lime Crema and Finish Dish
In another mixing bowl, combine sour cream and 1 tsp. lime juice.
Plate dish as pictured on front of card, drizzling squash with lime crema and garnishing with cilantro. Squeeze lime wedges over to taste. Bon appétit!