Chipotle Spiced Pork Tenderloin

We made this for company the other night and it was a HIT. Spicy but not too spicy, caramelized because of the sugar in the rub, and oh so flavorful. We grind our own chipotle morita chiles for the recipe and it makes a huge impact on the flavor. We topped our dish with fresh squeezed lime and sliced avocado and served steamed broccoli and southwestern spiced rice on the side. Also, did I mention that it is incredibly simple to prepare?

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 Pork Tenderloin (Usually 1 to 1 ½ lbs)
  • About 1 1/2 to 2 tbsp Chipotle Spice Rub
  • About 2 to 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • Optional: Lime, Avocado

PREPARATION

  1. Preheat the oven to 450°F and heat a heavy pan or cast iron skillet. Dry the pork tenderloin with a paper towel. Pour about 2 tbsp of vegetable oil on the pork, enough to lightly cover it. Now for the fun part… Rub the chipotle spice rub all over your pork tenderloin to ensure a good coating.
  2. Pour about 1 tbsp of oil in your hot heavy pan and sear your pork tenderloin, about 3-4 minutes on each side, until you have a good sear. (Hint: If your meat is sticking that means its not done searing!)
  3. Place your pork tenderloin on a sheet tray (on top of foil for easy clean-up). Cook until pork temperature reaches 140°F to 145°F, about 20 to 25 minutes, flipping half way through. Take out and let rest for about 5 minutes prior to slicing. Squeeze fresh lime juice over top and serve with avocado slices. Yum!

Yields: 4 Servings

November 29, 2016 by Anne Karonis

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