A tenderloin is the ideal dinner for two: easy, fast and simple. Pair it with some grilled asparagus and corn on the cob. Source: EatingWell Magazine, August/September 2006

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Ingredients

Directions

  • Combine chipotle and sauce, garlic, orange juice, lime juice, vinegar, oregano, cumin, salt and pepper in a blender or mini food processor; blend or process until the chipotle is chopped and the mixture is relatively smooth. Pour into a sealable plastic bag, add pork and seal, squeezing out any excess air from the bag. Turn to coat with the marinade. Refrigerate at least 1 hour and up to 8 hours.

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  • Preheat grill to high or heat a large indoor grill pan over high heat. Remove the pork from the marinade (discard marinade). Grill the pork, turning occasionally, until an instant-read thermometer inserted diagonally into the center of the meat registers 145 degrees F, 12 to 15 minutes. Transfer the pork to a cutting board and let rest for 5 minutes before slicing.

Tips

Make Ahead Tip: Marinate the pork in the refrigerator for up to 8 hours.

Ingredient Note: Chipotle chiles in adobo sauce are smoked jalapenos packed in a flavorful sauce. Find them with Mexican foods in large supermarkets.

Kitchen Tip: One pork tenderloin typically weighs about 1 pound, enough for 4 servings. You can marinate a whole pound in the same amount of marinade used to marinate the 8 ounces in this recipe and have enough cooked tenderloin for 2 dinners (for 2 people). Or freeze half for up to 3 months.

Nutrition Facts

124 calories; 3 g total fat; 60 mg cholesterol; 166 mg sodium. 1.5 g carbohydrates; 21.5 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (10)

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10 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 3
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
11/06/2018
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Rating: 2 stars
06/06/2017
Disappointed in the marinade. No discernible heat from the chipotle which is the major reason I tried this recipe. Cooked it sous vide at 140 finishing it on the grill. Read More
Rating: 2 stars
04/05/2017
Just a helpful tip in case bad weather moves in and you can't grill it after marinading...do not I repeat do NOT sear it on the stove top. I have discovered there is enough heat in this marinade that it will effectively mace your house if you try to sear in an open pan. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
01/13/2014
Tasteless All I could taste was lime. No heat nothing else. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
01/13/2014
Tasteless All those fine ingredients wasted! No heat whatsoever from chipotle. All I could taste was lime after all that marinating so it was like eating sour pork. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
07/19/2012
Kick-a! Just add a few more cloves of garlic...and yumm! I grilled individual cuts of tenderloin it was soooo good! Eat it with grilled corn! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/27/2012
Yum yum I marinated the tenderloin all night and that really brought the flavor out in the meat. Since I don't have a grill or grill pan I followed the advice of other reviewers and baked the tenderloin in the oven at 375 for one hour. It turned out perfect. I highly recommend the BBQ pork sandwich recipe that goes along with this--it was awesome! Pros: Delicious flavor simple to prepare Cons: Takes time to prep Read More
Rating: 4 stars
11/09/2011
Great weeknight dinner I used 1.5lb tenderloin with the same amount of marinade in this recipe. It seemed it was plenty of marinade for even one more tenderloin. I didn't have fresh garlic so used the powder. I read the previous comment and baked mine as well. I had to add 10 more minutes to the suggested time and baked for 45 minutes total. It was still not quite done for my preference. I would bake for 1 hour or grill next time. Chipotle adds a great flavor but it was not very spicy. I would make this again. Pros: Easy Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
Using a tip from my friend I used two pork tenderloins with the same amount of marinade in the recipe. Then I cooked it in my crock pot on high for 4 hours. I pulled the pork and served it with sweet and spicy slaw. It was delicious! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
I live in an apartment and don't have a grill so I baked mine in the oven. Most recipes call for the tenderloin to be seared in a skillet first but we forget this step. We just baked it in a baking dish lined with aluminum foil at 375 degrees for 35 minutes. It was great! Next time I will poke holes in the meat with a fork so the marinade gets inside as well. Read More