Recipe Idea: Lime and Salsa Pork Chops

Having the most frugal grocery budget in the world isn’t going to help you any if you can’t put together at least a few healthy, tasty, and cheap eats! Every few weeks, The Outlier Model features a cheap recipe idea, along with the cost breakdown.

I cook with pork a lot.  Depending on the cut, it can be a very lean meat.  It’s cheaper than beef.  And super tasty – as long as you cook it right.  Pork chops have a reputation for ending up dry and tasteless.  But for me, it’s all about the marinade and the cook.  It’s only dry if you leave it on too long!

This pork chop recipe is a great summer recipe that takes advantage of fresh fruits and herbs.


  • 4 pork chops ($2.50 – buy in bulk!!!)

marinated pork chops


  • 1/4 teaspoon lime zest (included with the limes, below)
  • 2 limes, juiced ($0.75)
  • 1 tablespoon honey ($0.30)
  • 1 jalapeno, chopped and seeds removed ($0.15)
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped ($0.05)
  • olive oil ($0.25)
  • salt (< $0.05)

Place the pork chops in a shallow glass dish and season liberally with salt.  Add all of the marinade ingredients to the dish, including a drizzle olive oil.  Turn the chops over to coat evenly and then cover with plastic wrap.  Marinate in the refrigerator for up to 3 hours.

When you’re ready to cook, preheat the BBQ to a medium heat.  Grill each side for 5-10 minutes then finish in the oven (re-use the glass dish that you marinated in!) for 15 minutes at 375F, covered.  The pork is done when it is just slightly, slightly pink, but with clear juices.

Serve with rice, grilled peppers/pineapple and homemade salsa!

Pork Chops and Salsa

Servings: 4

Cost per serving: $1 per serving – with veggies, salsa and rice, approximately $1.75

Frugal hack: Pork chops are a very inexpensive cut of meat  I bought a package of 13 1-inch thick chops for $8!  The meat was lean and there was no bone – yum.

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  1. Yum! I’ve gotta try making those.

  2. Michelle says:

    This looks yummy!

  3. Thanks for the recipe! It looks really simple. I am a vegetarian and am not used to cooking meat, so I always love when I find easy to cook *cheap* recipes for my meat-eating husband. 🙂

  4. Mmmmm, We had a variation on this recipe a couple weeks ago and it was delicious! It’s perfect for summer, thanks for the share.

  5. The most important part is the marinade. We love limes and load up every chance we can, especially when they are on sale like last week 10/$1.00. It’s true, making frugal meals is important to us and using the freshest ingredients as well.

    • CF says:

      Yeah I was sceptical when I made it – I wasn’t sure the lime would have enough kick to be flavourful, but it totally made a difference.

  6. Looks delicious, thanks for sharing!

  7. Cat says:

    Pork chops are cheap and easy – they were a staple of my husband’s diet growing up!

  8. My wifey is going to hate you for this one CF!! I really enjoy pork chops and my wife pretty much only eats it because I like them. I will be making these over the weekend. Glad I got like 20 pieces of chops from Sam’s last weekend. Hitting the beach and making chops when I get back home this Saturday!!!

  9. Look amazing! I love a grilled pork chop!

  10. Jim says:

    Looks tasty, I love anything with Salsa on it, it seems to make everything taste better and its healthy! Thanks for sharing!

  11. Holy yum! The fiance is trying to eat healthier…I’ll have to add this to the menu plan; looks like something he’d actually ENJOY.

  12. Yum. Thanks for the cool recipe. Lime and salsa sounds like a good combo.

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