Chili-Lime Pork Tenderloin



What a great meal this turned out to be! Making pork tenderloin is always such an easy dinner fix and always juicy and tender. However, until I started using a wireless meat thermometer, my pork tenderloin was always dry. If you don't have one, I highly suggest getting one.Your pork will always be perfect!

This has a nice spicy kick to it with lots of flavor. Serving with chips, fresh salsa and guacamole are a nice pairing. Spanish rice would be great too.

Give this a try soon, I know you will really love it.


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Blend chili powder with lime juice, soy sauce and sugar in a small bowl.


Pat pork tenderloin dry and season on all sides with salt and pepper. Use your hands to rub chili mixture thoroughly into tenderloin. Warm a large ovenproof skillet (if you don't have an ovenproof skillet use a regular one, you will just have to transfer pork to a baking tray or dish for the oven) over high heat, then add oil. Add pork and sear on all sides, turning meat with tongs, about 2 minutes total.

Place meat thermometer in the thickest part of the tenderloin and place skillet or baking tray into the oven. Cook until thermometer reads 160o F (about 20 to 25 minutes) depending on the thickness of the tenderloin. While in the oven, baste with any juices that accumulate on the bottom. I also added a little bit of water to the bowl I made the chili mixture in, giving me some juice to baste with. I basted the tenderloin about four times while it cooked.

Remove tenderloin from the oven and loosely tent with foil and let sit at least 15 minutes before cutting on a diagonal into 1/2" thick pieces and serve.


Will make this again soon!

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Chili-Lime Pork Tenderloin

Recipe from: Inspired by All You | Serves: 3-4

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 lbs pork tenderloin
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons`vegetable oil

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Blend chili powder with lime juice, soy sauce and sugar in a small bowl.
  • Pat pork tenderloin dry and season on all sides with salt and pepper. Use your hands to rub chili mixture thoroughly into tenderloin. Warm a large ovenproof skillet (if you don't have an ovenproof skillet use a regular one, you will just have to transfer pork to a baking tray or dish)over high heat, then add oil. Add pork and sear on all sides, turning meat with tongs, about 2 minutes total.
  • Place meat thermometer in the thickest part of the tenderloin and place skillet or baking tray into the oven. Cook until thermometer reads 145 degrees F (about 20 to 25 minutes) depending on the thickness of the tenderloin. While in the oven baste with any juices that accumulate on the bottom. I also added a little bit of water to the bowl I made the chili mixture in, giving me some juice to baste with. I basted the tenderloin about four times while it cooked.
  • Remove tenderloin from the oven and loosely tent with foil and let sit at least 15 minutes before cutting on a diagonal into 1/2" thick pieces and serve.


 

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23 Comments

  1. Bob 1

    Sounds awesome! I’ve been wanting a good thermometer for ages but haven’t gotten around to getting one. My pork is also always dry, I really should fix that.

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  2. Carol 2

    This looks SO delicious….we love all the flavors in it so I know we’ll enjoy it.
    I’ve gotten lucky cooking the last 2 pork tenderloins I made-I’m using an instant-read thermometer now, but will definitely look into the wireless meat thermometer-thanks for the heads up on it, Cathy.

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  3. This looks great! I would never have thought to serve it with guacamole!

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  4. Angela 4

    Normally I don’t like pork loin, but I love pork, so perhaps this good looking recipe will win me over. I think I end up overcooking.

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  5. Barbie with a T 5

    One of these days I am going to try to cook a pork tenderloin. Did you know I have never cooked one before? I have eaten them cooked by other people and I always liked it, but just never do buy that cut of meat. You photo is very nice, and makes me hungry for it. OINK.

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  6. jamie 6

    cathy if this whole wine business does not work out, you could always fall back on food photography. your pictures are wonderful and always make me hungry!

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  7. Velva 7

    This pork meal is stunning! Just beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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  8. Sounds like a slightly spicy, delicious treatment for the noble animal. 😉 Thanks for posting!

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  9. Yum. I just made pork chops for dinner tonight and was pleasantly surprised that they were perfectly cooked for once (I usually overcook them). Love the flavors you’ve got here.

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  10. Dawn 10

    Holy wow, that is some beautiful meat. It sounds so good too. beautiful photos!

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  11. Gorgeous! Simple and yummy! Love easy recipes.

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  12. ant 12

    What kind of meat thermometer do you recommend? There are so many variations out there with mixed reviews. Look delicious!

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  13. Cathy 13

    I am so trying this! YUM!

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  14. Leslie 14

    Did you just serve chips and salsa with it? anything else?

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  15. grace 15

    oh boy, you made that slab of pork happy! i’m betting you made some diners pretty happy too. :)

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  16. cheryl 16

    Wow, that looks juicy and delicious. I have been afraid of pork for the same reason, dryness. I just bought a wireless thermomoter tho!

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  17. megan 17

    This looks delicious and I love the chili and lime flavors. Your pics are as pretty as ever!

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  18. Marjie 18

    That tenderloin cooked up really fast! I usually use a pork butt because I find it less dry, but there’s a lot more fat to contend with.

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  19. It sounds great!

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  20. Elle 20

    This looks fabulous! I also love the pile o’ chips with guac and salsa. Hungry!

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  21. chellie 21

    This looks great! I bought some tenderloin at the store today and will make this this weekend. However, there seems to be a heatwave across the country, so I may try to grill it.
    On a seperate note… love your pics!!

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  22. Cathy, this looks and sounds delicious!

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  23. Cindy 23

    Excellent! Made it tonight. I only used half a tenderloin … perfect for two … but used all the chili mix. Great with mashed butternut squash and steamed whole green beans.

    Thanks!

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