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Chipotle-Marinated Pork Tenderloin

Source: © EatingWell Magazine
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Active Time:  30 Minutes
Total Time:  1 Hour 30 Minutes
  2 servings
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.

Make Ahead Tip: Marinate the pork in the refrigerator for up to 8 hours.
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 Tip), trimmed of fat

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.

Ingredient Note: Chipotle chiles in adobo sauce are smoked jalapenos packed in a flavorful sauce. Find them with Mexican foods in large supermarkets.
Chipotle-Marinated Pork Tenderloin Recipe at
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° F, 12 to 15 minutes. Transfer the pork to a cutting board and let rest for 5 minutes before slicing.

Recipe reprinted by permission of © EatingWell Magazine. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   2 servings
Calories: 139
Fat. Total: 4g
Protein: 23g
Carbohydrates, Total: 2g
Fat, Saturated: 1g
% Cal. from Fat: 26%
Cholesterol: 63mg
Sodium: 165mg
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Rating: 5
by: Angela, TX Reviewed: 04/14/2010
I just finished making this for my family and it was the best tasting marinated pork I have ever had. It was easy and I only had 1 hour for marinating time. Can't wait to see how it tastes with more time! Recipe didn't state size of chipotle pepper with adobe sauce can so I purchased a 7.x can and cut up the peppers and used the entire contents in the marinade. The result was fabulous. This will be used for a party bbq in the future! Thanks for your site!
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