Smoky Pork Chops with Maque Choux-Style Vegetables

Our modern take on this traditional dish offers a lighter, crisper combination of vegetables, allowing you to truly experience the fresh flavors.

Healthy Pork Chops Recipe
Yvonne Duivenvoorden

A traditional dish of Southern Louisiana with Cajun and Native American influences, maque choux (pronounced “mock shoe”) consists of corn, tomatoes, peppers and onions, braised in bacon grease and then simmered in chicken broth until very tender. Our modern variation offers a lighter, crisper combination of vegetables sans the grease, allowing you to truly experience the fresh flavors.

Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
10 min
25 min


  • 1 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt, divided
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 4 5-oz bone-in pork chops, trimmed of
  • visible fat
  • 1 tbsp safflower oil, divided
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels, thawed and patted dry
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup grape tomatoes, quartered


  1. In a small bowl, combine paprika, oregano, onion powder, _ tsp salt and black pepper. Sprinkle pork with spice mixture. Heat 1 tsp oil in a large nonstick skillet on medium-high, tilting skillet to coat bottom lightly, and cook pork for 3 to 4 minutes per side or until slightly pink in center. Transfer pork to a serving platter; cover to keep warm.
  2. Prepare vegetables: Return skillet to medium-high. Add remaining 2 tsp oil and tilt skillet to coat bottom lightly. Add corn, onion, bell pepper and jalapeno. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until onions are translucent, stirring frequently. Add tomatoes and cook for 2 more minutes, until tomatoes are just tender. Remove from heat, sprinkle with remaining 1/4 tsp salt, cover and let stand for 2 minutes to allow flavors to meld. Serve vegetable mixture over top of pork or vice versa, as desired.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 3 oz pork, 1/2 c vegetables
  • Calories 282
  • Carbohydrate Content 13 g
  • Cholesterol Content 79 mg
  • Fat Content 10 g
  • Fiber Content 2 g
  • Protein Content 33 g
  • Saturated Fat Content 2 g
  • Sodium Content 328 mg
  • Sugar Content 2 g
  • Monounsaturated Fat Content 0 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat Content 1.5 g