Stuffed pork chops with only 5 ingredients and a 5 minute prep time that taste delicious? You've come to the right place! These garlic-rubbed keto pork chops stuffed with spinach and provolone were a winner with my family. This easy recipe is low carb, keto, gluten-free, grain-free, sugar-free, and Trim Healthy Mama friendly.
We eat a lot of chicken in my house so when I change it up and buy pork instead everyone is happy. And I love cheesy stuffed anything. But making fancy stuffed meats can be too time-consuming for weeknights.
This meal seems so rich and indulgent no one will ever know it is low carb 'diet' food. Or that only takes you 5 minutes to prepare!
Whether you find yourself in a rut when it comes to choosing what to make for dinner or you are a fan of pork chops, these are wonderful. They have so much flavor, and while they look fancy, they are super simple to make.
If you serve these pork chops to dinner guests, they will be shocked that you made them. They look like they were prepared in a fancy restaurant. Then when that first bite hits their tongue, be prepared to hear them moaning with delight. They are juicy and tasty!
What Kind Of Nutrients Are In Pork Chops?
In addition to being a low carb food, pork chops provide some great nutrients too. Of course, they are an excellent option for protein! So they will keep you satisfied and full. Plus, they have a fabulous amount of potassium, vitamin B6, niacin, zinc, riboflavin, and more.
When you consider the fact that this recipe also has spinach and cheese, there are even more nutrients for you! You'll get some considerable amounts of vitamin K, folate, calcium, vitamin C, and more. So eat this keto pork chop recipe and know that you are indulging in something amazing for you.
How to make Stuffed Keto Pork Chops
The trick to this recipe is buying thin-cut boneless pork chops. You are really just stacking two pork chops on top of each other with the filling in the middle. But they seem like a fancy thick cut restaurant-quality pork chop when they are done.
If you can't find thin cut pork chops you can slice regular boneless chops in half but it will add about 5 minutes on to the prep time.
Keto Pork Chop Variations
While we may not eat pork chops a ton, they are, for sure, one of our favorites. The thing we enjoy about pork is that it can be made in many ways and taste great. You can serve it, so it's sweet or choose all savory ingredients like these keto Pork Chops. Here are a few ideas you might want to consider trying out.
- Bacon - It never hurts to include a little bit of bacon with your dinner, right? Cook a few slices of bacon so that it's crispy then place it in between the pork chops. So good and tastes wonderful with the melted cheese.
- Mushrooms - Slice some mushrooms and add them to the pork chops for a lovely earthy flavor. If you love mushrooms, you will enjoy the addition.
- Tomatoes - Plump juicy tomatoes are a lovely addition to this meal idea. Or use sun-dried tomatoes if you want more of an Italian flavored meal.
- Cheese - You can sub in any type of sliced or shredded cheese for the provolone.
- Vegetables - If you have leftover grilled or sauteed veggies go ahead and throw them in!
- Herbs - Fresh herbs like basil or rosemary can really kick this up a notch.
- Seasonings - Some of our favorite spices to use on pork are smoked paprika, garlic powder, and onion powder. I combine these with a little salt and it is amazing!
How Do You Know When Pork Chops Are Done?
According to the USDA, pork should always be cooked to a minimum of 145 degrees F. That being said, if you cook the pork to that temperature, it's considered to be medium-rare. However, I wouldn't say I like the texture of flavor as much when it's only cooked at that temperature. I recommend for this keto pork chop recipe, to cook them until they have reached 160 degrees F. They will still be perfectly juicy and delicious too. Ultimately, it's your decision, but it's safe to eat once it reaches 145 degrees F.
If you don't have a meat thermometer, then you will have to look for other cues. You shouldn't notice any obvious blood seeping out of the pork. Also, you can touch the pork chops to see how they feel. When pork is done, it should feel similar to what the tip of your nose feels like if you prefer medium cooked meat. If you are aiming for well done, you can cook it until it feels as tough as your forehead.
What to serve with Stuffed Pork Chops
I served this with my Garlic Parmesan Zucchini! But you can serve it with any vegetable or salad. Here are some of our favorites: Keto Caesar Salad with Bacon, Garlic Broccoli, Keto Mashed Cauliflower with Cream Cheese, Oven Roasted Asparagus with Prosciutto, and Low Carb Cheesy Squash Casserole.
- Preheat the oven to 350.
- Press the garlic cloves through a garlic press into a small bowl. Add the salt and stir to combine. Spread the garlic rub on one side of the pork chops. Place 6 chops garlic side down onto a large rimmed baking sheet.
- Divide the spinach between those 6 chops. Fold the cheese slices in half and put them on top of the spinach. Put a second pork chop on top of each with the garlic side up.
- Bake for 20-35 minutes or until the meat is 150 degrees when checked with a meat thermometer. Let rest for 5 minutes.
- Optional: Cover each pork chop with an additional slice of cheese and broil for 2 minutes, watching carefully to melt and brown the cheese.
- Pork is best when it is medium well and not completely well done. If you prefer to cook to 160 that is fine.
Originally Published October 6, 2016. Revised and Republished November 20, 2019.