A tenderloin is the ideal dinner for two: easy, fast and simple. Pair it with some grilled asparagus and corn on the cob.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, August/September 2006




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Instructions Checklist
  • 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.

  • 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.


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; protein 21.5g 43% DV; carbohydrates 1.5g 1% DV; dietary fiber 0.1g 1% DV; sugars 0.8g; fat 3g 5% DV; saturated fat 1g 5% DV; cholesterol 59.6mg 20% DV; vitamin a iu 22IU; vitamin c 5.5mg 9% DV; folate 3.2mcg 1% DV; calcium 9.1mg 1% DV; iron 1mg 6% DV; magnesium 25.3mg 9% DV; potassium 368.4mg 10% DV; sodium 166.5mg 7% DV; thiamin 0.8mg 79% DV.

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  • 5 star values: 3
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
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Rating: 1 stars
Tasteless All I could taste was lime. No heat nothing else. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
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: 2 stars
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
Rating: 2 stars
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: 5 stars
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: 5 stars
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
Rating: 4 stars
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
Rating: 4 stars
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