Sweet & Spicy Chipotle Pork Tenderloin

Pork tenderloin is a versatile, tender, and easy to cook meat. I like that it can take on all different types of flavors. It can be grilled or roasted in the oven and can be served with a huge variety of side dishes. Pork is also a nice break from chicken…which we eat a lot of in my house.

For this particular recipe, I was looking for an easy, plan-ahead, weeknight meal. I prepared the marinade and put the tenderloin in it one night, and then it was ready to be cooked the next night for dinner.

Start with a pork tenderloin, some seasonings, lime, and brown sugar.

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I like to use the chipotle seasoning pictured below. Beware, this is a spicy marinade. Especially if you marinade the meat for 24 hours. You can cut down the amount of chipotle seasoning if you want a mild flavor. I like the spice so I actually threw in a pinch extra.

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Combine all of the ingredients in a container that can be used to marinade the pork.

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Add the pork to the marinade and make sure it is coated on all sides. Marinade overnight or up to 24 hours.

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Sear the tenderloin before placing it in the oven to roast. I used a cast iron skillet so that after searing, I could pop it right into the oven. The combination of brown sugar and a hot pan makes for the beautiful, caramelized outside on the pork.

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Let the meat rest before slicing. Serve with roasted potatoes, rice, or veggies.

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Recipe

Sweet & Spicy Chipotle Pork Tenderloin

Ingredients

  • 1 pork tenderloin (about 1.5 pounds)
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1 Tbsp chipotle chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp grill seasoning
  • 1 tbsp oil (canola or other light oil)

Directions

  • Combine brown sugar, lime juice, chipotle powder, grill seasoning, and oil in a container or bowl that will fit the pork tenderloin for marinading.
  • Place the pork into the marinade mix. Make sure the entire tenderloin is coated with the marinade.
  • Refrigerate overnight, up to 24 hours.
  • When ready to cook, let the meat sit out for about 30 minutes.
  • Sear the meat in a pan on all sides.
  • Roast the tenderloin in the oven at 425 degrees for about 30 minutes. (15-20 minutes per pound)
  • The internal temp of the meat should be 160 degrees.
  • Let the tenderloin rest on a cutting board for 10 minutes before slicing to serve.

Enjoy!

Jessica

 

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