This Mexican-spiced pork tenderloin is deliciously savory, and unbelievably easy to throw together! The secret ingredient? My Magic Green Sauce!
Mexican Pork Tenderloin
grain-free • gluten-free • egg-free • nut-free • seed-free • dairy-free
PREP TIME: 10 minutes (+ 1-4 hours, for marinating)
COOKING TIME: 20 minutes
- Juice of 2 limes
- 2 tablespoons Diane's Magic Green Sauce
- 1 large garlic clove, minced (I use a microplane to quickly mince the garlic, just watch your fingers!)
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- A few pinches of salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 2 pork tenderloins
Whisk together the lime juice and magic green sauce. Add the garlic, paprika, chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper and whisk again.
Place the pork tenderloin in a shallow dish for marinating, and pour the marinade evenly over the top of the meat. Use tongs (or your hands!) to evenly distribute the marinade over the meat. Cover the dish and let it sit in the refrigerator for 1 to 4 hours.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Remove the tenderloins from the fridge and pat them dry with a paper towel – this will ensure a good sear!
Heat a cast iron pan over medium-high heat. Add 1 teaspoon of bacon fat and let it melt completely. Spread it evenly over the pan and add the tenderloins. Sear each side of the meat (approximately 2-3 minutes each side) and then place the pan in the oven for approximately 20 minutes for medium-rare, or until a meat thermometer reads 145 degrees.
Let it rest for 5-10 minutes, then slice on the bias and serve!
Check out this video of me making this Mexican Pork Tenderloin recipe!: