Chipotle Pork Tenderloin

Tender Pork Tenderloin seasoned with a Chipotle marinade and drizzled with a Cilantro Lime Sauce. This is one weeknight dinner dish that my whole family loved!

Chipotle Pork Tenderloin with Cilantro Lime Sauce...dinner is ready in 30 minutes!

Today’s recipe uses pork tenderloins.

I love using these small tenderloins for an easy dinner recipe. They are perfect for a quick toss on the grill, or roast them in your oven at a high temperature.

BUT, there is a key to SUCCESSFULLY cooking a pork tenderloin. Use a meat thermometer.

Growing up, I think I was taught there should be NO pink in your pork. Most of the time, pork chops and pork tenderloins were chewy grey cuts of meat. Not my favorite.

Using a meat thermometer will help you not overcook those delicious cuts of meat. When the center of your tenderloin hits 145degrees, remove it from the oven and allow it to rest about 5 minutes before slicing.

This will keep all the juices inside, and the result will be a tender cut of pork with a “blush of pink” in the center. It’s SAFE to eat. 

If you’re looking for the perfect PORK chop recipe, I’ve got that too! Thick and juicy, this crispy parmesan oven Baked Pork Chops recipe is delicious. The BEST pork chop recipe you’ll ever need!

How to make Chipotle Pork Tenderloin

Chipotle Pork Tenderloin with Cilantro Lime Sauce...dinner is ready in 30 minutes!

For today’s marinade I used a can of chipotle chilies in adobo sauce. I plucked out two chilies for the recipe (and about a teaspoon of sauce).

Don’t worry about wasting the remaining chilies in your can….do what I do! Take the leftover chilies and put them in an ice cube tray, individually. Divide the sauce amongst them, then freeze. Once frozen, pop them into a ziploc bag and keep them frozen and handy for when you make this again.

You WILL make this again!!

I put my pork in the marinade for about four hours, but overnight would work well too!!

While they were baking in the oven, I whipped up a quick cilantro lime dressing.

This sweet dressing was great at taking away some of the heat from the chilies. Our dinner was ready in 30 minutes! I also served it up with a side of the mango guacamole from earlier this week. My kids were thrilled that they got to eat guacamole as a side dish.

Chipotle Pork Tenderloin with Cilantro Lime Sauce...dinner is ready in 30 minutes!

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Yield: Serves 6-8

Chipotle Pork Tenderloin

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 19 minutes
Total Time 29 minutes

Chipotle Pork Tenderloin with a sweet and spicy marinade

Ingredients

For the Pork:

  • 2 pork tenderloins (about 1 lb each)
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 chipotle chilies in adobo sauce

For the Cilantro Lime Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • handful of cilantro

Instructions

  1. In a food processor, add oil, salt, pepper and chilies in adobo. Process until chilies are finely ground. Slowly stream in the orange juice. Pour ingredients into a large ziploc bag, add pork tenderloins and seal. Shake and refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight.
  2. When ready, preheat oven to 450 degree. Bake tenderloins on baking sheet and cook for about 20 minutes, until internal temperature of pork reaches 145 degrees. Oven temps may vary, so using a meat thermometer yields best results!
  3. Remove from oven and allow to rest about 5 minutes before slicing.
  4. While the pork is cooking, combine all the dressing ingredients in a blender (or food processor). Blend until smooth.
  5. To serve, slice pork and drizzle with cilantro lime dressing. ENJOY!!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 257Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 47mgSodium: 577mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 16g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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Posted on April 9, 2014

Comments & Reviews

  1. Oooh I have a tenderloin in the freezer! Just need to pick up some chipotle chiles! I think this may have to happen!

  2. The combination of the Chipotle Pork Tenderloin with the Cilantro Lime Sauce sounds wonderful! Pork tenderloin would be excellent choice for Easter! You and I were thinking along the same lines because I recently posted my recipe for Pork Loin for Easter dinner. Thanks for sharing. I’m going to have to give your recipe a try.

  3. I love this marinade and this recipe! Your #pinkpork really shines in your gorgeous photos too!
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  4. mmmmmm this looks like an amazing marinade, Aimee! I love chilis in adobo, and it’s been ages since I had pork. Pinning this immediately! 😀

  5. I love this flavor combo! I make something along these lines, though somewhat reversing how you have it. I marinade in a cilantro-lime mixture and have a chipotle sauce.

  6. Pork is my favorite meat. Thanks for the links to the charts – I bookmarked them both. Your tenderloin looks wonderful and I have been on such a chipotle kick lately this is calling for my time and attention.

  7. Love smokey chipotle flavor and pork tenderloin–I don’t cook with either enough. Thanks for putting it all together for me 🙂

  8. That is one perfect looking pork tenderloin! The flavors all sound amazing. I love chipotle chilies in adobo sauce too, I have a bunch in the freezer right now and never thought to use it for marinade.

    Thanks for the ideas!

    1. Give them a whir in a food processor and they make a FANTASTIC topping for burgers too. Or put them in your scrambled eggs!

  9. Oooh this looks beautiful, and I love that it has a tint of pink. My dad has always loved a medium rare, so I have grown up with the pink, and love it, so tender, and this would be so flavorful. Pinning right now; a perfect post workout source of protein!

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