Savory Pork Chops Diablo; Angry or Amused?

Diablo or deviled usually means spicy, often hot and always full of rich, complex flavors.

These, of course, have been toned down for my wimpy palate. Add your own favorite hot sauce to taste.

I cut my own ‘thick-cut chops’ off of a whole pork loin and they’re very tender. I only used two chops for us.

Depending on the type and thickness of chops you may need to increase the braising time.

Savory Pork Chops Diablo

Total time: 30 minutes


  • 2 – 4 pork chops, depending on size, 12oz (360gr) total
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 tbs chili powder
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 4 tsp olive oil
  • 1 cup (8oz, 240ml) tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup (4oz, 120ml) beef stock (broth)
  • 1 tbs Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 1 tbs cornstarch (maizena) dissolved in 2 tbs water

Savory Pork Chops Diablo


  • Combine flour and 1 tbs chili powder in plastic food bag.
  • Add pork chops and toss to coat.
  • In nonstick skillet, large enough to hold the chops in one layer, heat 2 tsp oil over medium-high heat.
  • Add chops and sauté about 3 minutes per side, until lightly browned.
  • Remove and set aside.
  • Add remaining 2 tsp oil and the remaining 1 tbs chili powder.
  • Sauté for 1 minute, then add onions.
  • Sauté about 5 minutes until onion starts to brown.
  • Add tomato sauce, broth, Worcestershire, mustard and bring to a boil.
  • Add cornstarch mixture and cook, stirring constantly until thickened.
  • Reduce heat to low and return chops to pan.
  • Cover, and simmer chops until done, about 10 minutes, turning once.
  • Serve chops with sauce and onions.

Print Recipe

I can’t decide if I should be angry that supposedly random people with cameras are completely insensitive to the plight of the subjects of their videos or amused that, apparently, they think I (and the rest of the world) don’t realize it’s staged.

Or is it staged?

Or are they insensitive idiots?

My problem is I don’t know – and, frankly, can’t be bothered to find out so I’m not watching any more videos on Facebook.

Even if you say: “OMG!!!! When you see what happens at 1 minute you’ll cry!!”

Well, for the record, I have never looked at any with that much hype, but I have succumbed to others that have been shared by people I recognize.

It’s perfectly appropriate and believable that the photographer filming the baby bear being stalked by the cougar was not in a position to intervene. And mama bear came to the rescue for those of you who haven’t seen it on one of the numerous occasions it’s made the circuit.

But the person filming a child falling through the ice? And continuing to film?

That was either staged or the person with the camera should be arrested and jailed for not dropping the camera and running to save the child…. Not applauded for a great video.

Today I saw a real tear-jerker, complete with running commentary, imploring us, as humans, to be kind. It was of a homeless boy in New York, freezing temperature (5F, -15C), with no jacket, begging on the streets. The person with the camera recorded the boy, shaking and huddling in a garbage bag, for 2 hours. Another homeless person finally came along and gave the boy his own jacket. He’s lauded as a hero.

What about the idiot with the camera who did nothing for two entire hours but watch a kid freeze? I’m fairly certain it was a human and not a security camera as the angle changed frequently and it zoomed in and out.

If that was real it makes me angry on behalf of the homeless boy and homeless man who helped him and ashamed of the person who was so insensitive as to record it rather than help.

If it was staged – fine, but admit it…. And don’t get all preachy about it.

There are groups who do social experiments and video the results, but they always state up front what they are doing and why. No one is endangered or harmed or (unduly) embarrassed.

Obviously as long as people click on and watch these cruel / fake videos they’ll continue to be made and continue to blur the lines of veracity.

Starting now I’m doing my infinitely small part to stop the madness.

I refuse to click.

OMG!!!!! Did I just make a New Year’s Resolution????? Someone, quick, grab a camera!?!?!?!?!

(That ought to handle punctuation overload for the year as well.)

Last update on January 4, 2016

5 thoughts on “Savory Pork Chops Diablo; Angry or Amused?”

  1. I watch very few of those videos. I have much better things to do with my time especially as we have a slow internet connection. One friend forwards wildlife ones always worth watching so I make time for those and forward the best.

    We like devilled food so this recipe is being saved for cooler weather. We are still having heatwave conditions so barbecues (braais) and salads have been on the menu for weeks.

  2. Those videos are called “clickbait” for a reason. I can usually recognize them from the format of the intro (lots of punctuation) and I just move on. Often, they don’t come from a friend but rather are “suggested” by FB. The whole point of them is to get clicks, which the originators can show to a client as proof of their ability to place ads in front of potential customers. And they are *loaded* with ads!

    My pet peeve is the ones that show falls or other clumsiness by hapless humans or, worse, pets. Not funny! They cater to our cruel side.

  3. I never watch that sort of thing on FB or on those reality video competition TV shows. i have never found it funny watching people fall off swings or diving boards etc. How people can film disasters or the misfortune of others including animals is beyond me.

  4. I don’t click or make new years resolutions. Too many folks have either too much time or no life. I am intrigued by recipes unfolding without my clicking but they all use store brand dough in a can and far too much sugar to grab me. Still I watch in case there is a good idea in there somewhere. Haven’t found that one yet.

  5. Gill, I tend to get sucked in to the video for about 5 seconds before sanity takes over – which means I get more in my feed, I’m not going to click anymore!

    Zoomie, I hate those too – how can people be so insensitive? They laugh at humans and cry at animals.

    kate, I have always disliked any sort of slapstick, whether accidental of contrived. As to the disasters…. also beyond me.

    phoenicia, that was an accidental resolution lol. I do tend to look at the recipes – like you, I can sometimes get an idea once I get past the crap, er, I mean purchased food products. As to too much time – who makes all those stupid things? And why?

Comments are closed.

Share via
Copy link