Maple Chili Pork Chops

I am getting super excited. My second cookbook that I’m writing with George from Civilized Caveman is finally coming together. We have been editing for the past month or so and now we are in the final stages of putting it all together. That means LOTS of emails. If you’ve ever emailed me, you know I suck bad at emails. I don’t know why I hate them so much, but I totally do. Writing emails is like being on a hamster wheel: As soon as you think you’re finished with an email, you get a reply that you then have to reply to, which then they reply to. It’s totally never ending.

Anywho, if you haven’t heard about the cookbook yet, I’m here to tell you allll about it. Don’t you worry. I’ll be quick though. Nobody likes loooong, drawn out, annoying, word filled, extensive sentences. Like that one. I’m funny. So the book has over 100 brand new recipes consisting of breakfasts, appetizers, entrées, side dishes, delicious desserts, and even drinks. Nobody should go without hot chocolate when they turn paleo. The cookbook will also have tips to creating a paleo-friendly kitchen, how to stick paleo when out at restaurants, and how to enjoy cooking by yourself or with friends or with your whole family. It’s going to be real great. I can’t wait to have it in hand. You can preorder right now on Amazon before in comes out on June 10th!! And you can even sign up for our giveaway for an all-expenses paid trip to San Diego to celebrate out cookbook launch!! Click here to sign up!

I need to admit something. I had pistachio and maple frozen yogurt the other night. I even put sprinkles on top. I was going to put in on my instagram, to show that a little frozen yogurt can make a girl real happy, but I’m a little over the hatred on instagram. I get it, I’m a paleo blogger that’s only suppose to eat paleo things and post paleo things, but I’m also a human. And humans like delicious things. There are a ton of other places you can look for dieting perfection and other bullish*t, but I’m not one of those people to fake it. I like eating what I want to eat, when I want to eat it. But people always have to judge.

It’s super interesting to see what people are like on the world wide web. You think most people are normal, kind humans, like the friends you have in your life. But when you get on internet and people’s true colors come out, it’s an ugly sight to see. Just last night, people started b*tching all over the place about me telling them to support one of my friends because they had to pay $10/ year to a membership on her site. Even though she has  A TON of free recipes. $10/year. I’m about to have coffee with a friend and I will probably pay more than $10 in one sitting, for one coffee session. People just think they deserve free recipes all the time, when before the internet was available, people actually had to BUY cookbooks for the recipes. It’s so frustrating. Some people were not raised correctly.

And that’s how I feel this Thursday morning. Fact. How are you feeling this morning? Do you need to get something off your chest? Let it out child, I’m here to listen.


Maple Chili Pork Chops

  • Yield: 2 1x


  • 1 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter (or other fat such as coconut oil, lard, etc.)
  • 2 bone-in, thinly sliced pork chops (about 0.5lbs each)
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • chopped green onions, to garnish (optional)


  1. In a small bowl, mix together all the seasonings.
  2. Pat the pork chops dry. Generously sprinkle each side of each pork chop, pressing the seasonings into the pork chop.
  3. Place a large saute pan over high heat. Add butter to the pan to melt.
  4. Let the pan get very hot then add the pork chops to the pan. Sear on both sides for 2-3 minutes.
  5. After the pork chops have seared on both sides, turn heat down to low.
  6. Whisk together orange juice, maple syrup and apple cider vinegar. Pour the mixture into the pan around the pork chops. The mixture will begin to bubble then thicken. Cook the pork chops for another 6-8 minutes, flipping them once to help coat each side of the pork chop.
  7. Once the pork chop is cooked through, remove from heat. Plate chops then garnish with some of the leftover sauce from the pan and chopped green onions.

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I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.


64 thoughts on “Maple Chili Pork Chops”

  1. Screw ‘Em!
    Lots of us enjoy your rantings and recipes, and FULLY plan on buying your book.

    Have a GREAT day!!



  2. I’ve been thinking about starting a blog for a while now but seeing all the judgment from the haters out there on your instagram as well as others like Diane Sanfilippo has kind of discouraged me. I really think it is something I would enjoy and I would love to help inspire people to eat real food like you have with me, but I don’t know if I could handle all the meany mcmeany pants out there. I don’t get why people can’t just be nice and build people up. Just ignore them because you rock!

  3. I have all the ingredients for this delicious looking recipe…except the pork chops. Ugh. But it will be added to next week’s menu!

  4. A friend introduced me to your blog when I switched to paleo last year. I love your recipes and thoroughly enjoy your humor! Were human its okay to indulge in those non paleo/slightly paleo stuff once in a while. We need that crap! Keep those recipes coming and throw a grenade…I mean..err.. Don’t let those haters get to ya!

  5. These pork chops sound awesome, and would really go well with yesterday’s squash as a side dish.

    By the way, I love your rants and it’s good to know that you give in to your non paleo food cravings from time to time as well.

  6. I love that you are so open and honest. I think we are all the best judges of our own bodies, and should eat the way that makes us feel our best/makes us happy etc…, whatever that means for each individual. I for one am growing tired of the whole Paleo Police crap. What makes us think we have the right to judge others based on what they do/don’t eat? I love your site, love your recipes, and have your first cookbook. I fully plan on ordering the new one.

  7. 1st. yum, as a vermonter, anything with maple syrup yes please!
    2nd, i feel like i was deprived as a child because i grew up eating boneless porkchops. WHAT. I know i know, the outrage.
    Thanks Juli.

  8. Brittney Putnam

    I started the paleo kick back in January and you were the first blog/cookbook I used to help me make it all come together…so thank you!!! I personally just started incorporating a cheat day (usually Saturday) into my lifestyle, but even then I still try and make those the best choices I can-i.e. corn tortillas instead of flour. Just because your blog is titled Paleomg, does not mean the world should hold you to eating anything but. That is just ridiculous.
    Just remember, those people that hate, they are the very people that keep on checking your blog everyday….Keep kickin ass.

    1. Just made these for the first time using the Thrive Market bone-in pork chops. These were so easy and delicious! They are now in our dinner rotation and even my 2 yr old loved them! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Hey I’m just glad I can come to blogs such as yours, download interesting recipes FOR FREE if I feel like it and basically spend what free time I have enjoying the fruits of multiple peoples labor. How can people get wadded up about that?

    Keep on with your blog and ignore the rest. WE like you!

    PS. I have bought Well Fed, Well Fed 2, Ancestral Table, and Slim Palate cookbooks. I feel that is the best way to support bloggers I like. I will be buying your cookbook as well.

  10. For real, you have some of the craziest people following you on Instagram, sorry 🙁 I have never tried a glaze like this on chops, it’s what’s for dinner!

  11. I want to thank you for introducing the new site to me…it is amazing! I just love to cook more and more and I did spend the $10 for her recipes. They are so worth it! People need to get a life and realize that talented people, like yourself, deserve to get paid and recognized. If it wasn’t for you and the others that shared their recipes, paleo diet would be very boring. You are amaing!

  12. I feel sad I did not have this recipe on Monday when I made pork chops! I get a locally raised randomized box of meat every other week and our most recent box had delicious bone in pork chops! The recipe I used was alright, but this looks way better. First world probs.

  13. i don’t expect you to post this filth, but i’ll tell you anyhow.

    tell the haters on IG to suck a bum’s dick underneath a detroit overpass. fuckers.

  14. I have been reading your blog for a couple of months now, and I thoroughly enjoy your candor and, often hilarious, rants. I notice that there have been several comments about people complaining about your posts on instagram and twitter and all that other social media that I avoid like the plague. (I tend to be very sensitive to negative comments, so I actively avoid to not see them). Something I’ve learned though as a teacher from teacher reviews online may help you: I get excellent reviews from students who complete the school evaluations, but I often get some of the meanest and loudest (and somewhat delusional) reviews on public online sites. I figured out a while ago not to let it bother me, because often it is the small few who are cantankerous, loud, and obnoxious, whereas there are many who remain silent, but positive, like I have for many moths. I finally decided to make a post to say how much I really do appreciate what you do, how much I enjoy reading your posts, and how much fun I have cooking some of your creations. If you are not perfect in eating 100% Paleo, then good for you for being human, and for likely having a much more healthy relationship with food than many others do.

  15. Great recipe! Awesome site! And you, Juli, are awesome! The honesty in your blogging is refreshing. Tel it like it is! You are so right about the recipe books! My mother recently passed away and we were shocked at the number of cookbooks she had stashed away. Literally hundeds of dollars worth of them. So much easier to pay few bucks and have them right on your computer!

  16. First of all, this looks delish! We will be trying it out Saturday night (leaving out much of the pepper…for me, not the kids; I’m a wimp). Secondly, you could have done a lot worse than pistachio and maple frozen yogurt with sprinkles. I caved to a Peanut Butter Snickers today. I hate myself more for the sugar cravings I am bound to have for the next several days than for the actual eating of pure processed junk, as it happens so rarely. Don’t worry about the haters. I have yet to meet any clean eater who never “cheats”! And, I believe anyone who claims otherwise is more than likely a liar. Cheers!

  17. I love it, you’ve got a lot of spunk, girl! 🙂 You tell those haters to go suck it! lol And you have such a good point about the free recipes online verses buying cookbooks. I’ve never thought about it before so thanks for putting it into perspective. Keep eating good food…whether it’s paleo food or not 🙂

  18. Haters suck. You are awesome anyway and love your blog. I had a great paleo pregnancy, stayed very healthy without gaining a ton of weight but ate fro yo on a weekly basis as a treat. It was my only substitute for wine that made me happy!

  19. First off…I love you. Your smoky bacon chili is my absolute fave thing followed closely by your spicy buffalo pasta. Your recipes even made my hubs like spaghetti squash. You’re the first site I recommend to pepper interested in Paleo (which I’ve been loving for 3 months!) because you’re a real person who eats task food!!! You are fantastic. Just know that 🙂

    On a selfish note….we have a butt ton of quail in our freezer. I’ve been looking up Paleo quail recipes and I was wondering if you’ve ever tried anything with quail? The other recipes I’ve found lack your flavor skills!

  20. I am consistently boggled by the stuff people will write on the Internet, when they would never (I hope) say such awful things to someone’s face. I used to be a reporter, and so I’d get called all kinds of names on the newspaper’s comment boards whenever I wrote a controversial story…no matter what the story actually said. It was awful, and it made me realize just how cowardly and nasty people can be.

    Anyhow, I love your recipes 🙂 People need to stop judging. It’s no one’s business if you want frozen yogurt every so often. Frankly, it’s no one’s business if you want frozen yogurt EVERY night. No one gets to tell you what to eat.

  21. Wow – I’ll have to try this recipe on Sunday! Don’t worry about the haters…it’s actually one of the reasons I like the Internet. It’s the ultimate truth machine (if you can filter out the other noise). I know I’m more outgoing and confident on the Internet, but I do NOT lose my morals or ethics — at least I like to think so. I still try to be polite and courteous. The people who are mean and hateful tend to fake it out in public. At least you know who to stay away from now….plus Instagram/facebook/twitter are all overrated and I say that as an IT professional. It’s nice to share things with others but you already have your website. Technology trends come and go, but websites and blogs will be here for a while. Just stick to that maybe? Haters won’t hate on here because you have too many fans that come here because of your work.

  22. I love your recipes and look forward to reading what you have to say eveyday!! Since I started eating Paleo (last year) I have read your blog and it is the one I like the best. Heck with the naysayers. Keep up the fantastic work!!!!

    I tell People I eat 80% Paleo 80% of the time. Haven’t even been that consistent this winter but getting ready to fix that for beach season.

  23. This sounds delicious and I can’t wait to try it. I have a question, though:

    The recipe calls for a tsp of ground red pepper, then another 1/2 tsp of cayenne. All the ground red pepper I see at the store says it’s cayenne. Is there a different ground red pepper I’m perhaps missing?

    1. hmmmm i’m not totally sure. i have ground red pepper and cayenne pepper in my pantry. but if you can’t find it, a bit of smoked paprika would work. my ground red pepper has a little smoky flavor to it

  24. Nothing wrong with a little fro-yo! Ignore the haters! And keep on ranting, while I love the recipes, they’re the real reason I come back to your blog 🙂

  25. Brier Goldsmith

    Jealous haters, stop hating, it’s RUDE! I agree Juli, $10 a month, that’s nothing! And as a friend to Juli in her defense she ‘keeps’ to paleo 99% of the time! Everyone is allowed a little indulgence; they’re called cheat moments/days for a reason! And who cares, is she forcing the non-paleo foods down your throats…NO, didn’t think so! Get over it, life is too short! And again stop hating on my friend 😉 Love ya Juli

  26. Take heart. People with that type of negativity about what someone else eats (even that which is also arguably healthy too even if it isn’t “paleo”) are just self-righteous closet eaters. Most of them have some sort of superiority complex…which is a bigger issue than eating frozen yogurt. Plus the proof is in the pudding: you are cool and well-liked, they are not. And no one cares about them really.

  27. Just made this for dinner and it was amazing! I took the meat off and reduced the leftover juices until it was nice and syrupy and poured it over some asparagus. I wanted to lick the plate when I was done! So many good flavors! I will definitly be using this saucy for other meats.

  28. A question – I’ve never seen ground red pepper in Canada. Online it says that it is cayenne pepper, but I doubt that since cayenne is also in there. Suggestions for substitutions, or at least if it’s hot or mild? I have a bunch of dried types of peppers, so I could grind something up too. Thanks!

  29. Seriously, Juli….every single recipe I have tried from your blog has been a winner and this one is no different. I sauteed some kale in ghee and added the pan juices from the pork chops to it. Soooo good! I’m addicted to your apple pie nachos too. They are healthy enough for breakfast but sweet enough for a dessert. I love them along with all your other amazing creations 🙂

  30. Made these last night and they were awesome! I’ll probably back off a little on the spice for the kids next time, but they loved them too, I just let them have a little extra maple syrup to cool it down. I am 4 for 4 with the family loving your amazing recipes and can’t wait to buy your next book. I am amazed people don’t appreciate what you and other bloggers do by developing so many recipes and posting them for free…what’s wrong with people?

  31. This is fkn amazing!!! I haven’t even finished eating and I had to tell you how awesome it is. AND I’m eating it with white rice, imagine that! Love all of your recipes, I send them to my friends all the time!

  32. Hi Juli!
    I’ve been reading your blog for a while now and I absolutely love it. You have such a good mix of personal life stuff and food stuff. It’s awesome that you are not afraid to admit that you eat “normal” junk food sometimes. People in my life are ridiculous sometimes when I eat something that’s non-paleo!

  33. Hi Juli, Thank you for yet another great recipe…I might even say that this has been my favorite from your site…pork chops are hard make exciting. I want to eat that sauce on everything…I think I may want to bathe in it!!!! My whole family loved it…even my kids couldn’t believe it when I told them it was “paleo” served it with mashed cauliflower (with cheese…oh the shame) 🙂
    Thanks again! You rock!!

  34. I don’t usually comment on blogs, but when I do, it’s to tell you that my fiance, who dislikes most food that isn’t fried or covered in cheese, loved these pork chops last night! He is not a huge fan of just meat by itself, but he couldn’t stop raving about these pork chops last night! Thank you so much for helping me find recipes we can both enjoy!

  35. I just made this and while the meat *thankfully* turned out AMAZING (loved the kick in this recipe!), the sauce around it totally burned. I guess I had the heat too high when I added it to the pork (should have know better). However, I’ll definitely be making again! So yummy 🙂 thank you for the recipe!! I always love your stuff!

    Hmm won’t let me select the rating. I’d give it all 5 stars if I could!

  36. So so so good. I love your recipes. I didn’t have orange juice so I just used a little water and it was still incredible.

  37. You gotta have a strong back not to let rude people get to you. You’re awesome Juli, and in these times where some people get a kick out of being mean from behind their computers, it’s admirable to be willing to share your stuff with us, the nice, non-judgemental people 🙂 Can’t wait to try this recipe, thanks a bunch !

  38. This recipe is amazing! I bought a giant pack of pork chops because they were on sale and I thought what the hell (never grew up eating them). Every recipe I tried was bland and left me wondering why people raved about pork chops. Used my last two tonight with this recipe and I am now a convert, Thank you! I wish I had more left in the freezer 🙂

  39. The spice mixture from this recipe has become a staple in my kitchen. I probably use it 3-4 times a week. Seriously, Juli, you should bottle that stuff.

    I have made the recipe as written and it’s amazing, and have made several other meals using these spices. It adds so much flavor to a stir fry. I have also used burgers in place of pork chops and they come out great too. Who needs ketchup!? I put the burgers on top of thick slices of garlic roasted cabbage. Delish!

  40. Made this tonight. It was hell-a good!! My super picky husband loved it too! You’re definitely my go to blog for new inspiring recipes!

  41. Made these the other night with boneless thin cut pork chops and they were to die for! The pork stayed super moist, something I tend to struggle with when it comes to pork. Served with some butter sautéed carrots and snow peas. I love your recipes and your sense of humor. Keep fighting the good fight. I’m on your side 🙂

  42. These are great!! I think red pepper and cayenne pepper are the same so I used the first amount – I wish I had used less as they were a little too spicy for my liking. Also, I would have cooked these for less time as they were a little overdone – could just be my stovetop and pans. Thanks for posting!

  43. Made this tonight! AMAZING!! I couldn’t believe how super easy this recipe was! The chops were so tender and flavourful (my husband was raving about them) 🙂

  44. I did double the amount of maple syrup, but was using sugar-free anyway. I highly recommend this recipe–simple, healthy, quick, delicious!

  45. These were great!! My hubby, who is a picky pain in my rear, pronounced these as “the only pork chops I will ever eat from now on”. 🙂 We made them with Spanish style cauliflower rice, which was FAR overshadowed by the chops. These are on the regular menu! 🙂

  46. Making these tonight and I can’t wait. I think i will serve over a cauliflower/sweet potatoe mash. Keep on doing what you are doing and THANK YOU for all the great recipes

  47. im so making these. I started paleo about a month ago, skipped the cleanse due to lack of support or interest from my family. It was much easier than I thought it would be to give up grains and dairy. But the cookbook you and George did was the first one I bought. I am so glad! Everything has been delicious, and I can even get my non-paleo eaters to eat most of it! Now I just need to decide on butternut squash or sweet potatoes. I will definitely snatch up any future cookbooks you do.

  48. I absolutely love this recipe. I’m making this tonight for the third time in about 2 weeks. It’s now a staple in this house! Thank you so much!

  49. I’ve made these twice – once with pork chops and once with chicken thighs. Both times, I doubled the amazing sauce and both times it was AMAZING.

    BTW, I use New Mexico red chili powder for the ground red pepper and cayenne pepper (for the cayenne pepper lol).

    My new favorite recipe! Thank you!

  50. This was outstanding and my 8yr said it was a “do it again” recipe. Super easy to make and works really well when made in cast iron pans.

  51. Omg, eating this now…..served over riced cauliflower, stuffed stuffed zucchini on the side with a few orange slices and grapes….heaven! Non paleo adult son is eating it too with lots of omg, omg this good going on!

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