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Chipotle-Marinated Pork Tenderloin

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A tenderloin is the ideal dinner for two: easy, fast and simple. And while this marinated tenderloin would be great as is with some grilled asparagus and corn on the cob, you can also transform it with the recipes that follow.



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Chipotle-Marinated Pork Tenderloin

Makes: 2 servings

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Ingredients

  • 1 canned chipotle chile in adobo plus 1 teaspoon adobo sauce, (see Ingredient Note)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon red-wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 8 ounces pork tenderloin, (see Kitchen Tip), trimmed of fat

Preparation

  1. 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.
  2. 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° F, 12 to 15 minutes. Transfer the pork to a cutting board and let rest for 5 minutes before slicing.

Tips & Notes

  • 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

Per serving: 139 calories; 4 g fat (1 g sat, 2 g mono); 63 mg cholesterol; 2 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 23 g protein; 0 g fiber; 165 mg sodium; 374 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Selenium (56% daily value).

Exchanges: 3 very lean meat


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Recipe Categories

Type of Dish
Main dish, meat
Ethnic/Regional
American
Ease of Preparation
Easy
Total Time
More than 1 hour
Servings
2
Main Ingredient
Pork
Preparation/ Technique
Grill/BBQ
Marinate/Rub
Meal/Course
Dinner

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