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Chipotle Crusted Pork Tenderloin Recipe
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Chipotle Crusted Pork Tenderloin
A great one for the grill. The sweet and spicy rub turns crispy delicious. See more
  • READY IN 35 mins

Chipotle Crusted Pork Tenderloin

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"Sweet and spicy rub for pork tenderloins. Just coat, let stand for 20 minutes and grill! Goes great with polenta or mashed yams."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    35 mins


  1. Preheat grill for medium-high heat.
  2. In a large resealable plastic bag, combine the onion powder, garlic powder, chipotle chile powder, salt, and brown sugar. Place tenderloins in bag and shake, coating meat evenly. Refrigerate for 10 to 15 minutes.
  3. Lightly oil grill grate, and arrange meat on grate. Cook for 20 minutes, turning meat every 5 minutes. Remove from grill, let stand for 5 to 10 minutes before slicing.
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  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Oct 17, 2006

My boyfriend and I have made this twice and will be making it again and again! The first time, I knocked down the chipotle powder by half and it was still WAY too hot for me, but not for him. The second time, I only used 1 T., added 1/2 tsp more of onion and garlic powder, and 1 T. more of brown sugar. We also marinated the pork this time in pineapple juice and brown sugar for several hours before cooking. Both times, I sprayed a large baking dish and baked at 325 until the internal temp was close to 160. Came out very juicy and with just enough spice for me this time! DELICIOUS!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jul 07, 2004

Nice combo of sweet and spicy. Be careful with the brown sugar though because it burns on the grill (oops...)

Jan 20, 2011

Outstanding recipe! Have made this a couple of times trying to find the right mix for my family. The first time I made it, I loved it and the husband couldn't eat it. After tinkering with this recipe, here's what works for us. Marinate the pork for 24 hours in pineapple juice, minced garlic and onions, then overnight in the spice rub. I reduced the chipotle powder to 1.5 tbs and increased the brown sugar to 5 tbs. Just enough heat to keep it interesting without the extreme afterburn. Fabulous!

Apr 10, 2007

Great as long as you like spicy. Cooked indoors with oven. I found the chipolte spice at Linens N Things.

Aug 09, 2006

This is a 10+. It's freakin awesome! I never grill (3 times in 10 years), but I wanted to try something new. This is very good, and I can't wait to have a family get together to make it for them. I made this roast pork last night, and used the leftover "rub" for chicken breasts on the george foreman tonight. They were terrific also. Great flavor! The pork tasted like it was cooked on a spit fire. LOVED IT!!

Nov 09, 2006

Tried this last night and it was excellent! I couldn't find the chipotle chile powder so used regular chili powder and cut back to 1 tbsp. Great flavors - will definitley make this again!

Nov 29, 2006

I am Cajun and love spicy foods. My husband doesn't love spicy as much as me. So I cut the chipotle to 2T, thinking that would be fine. I almost killed my poor husband! Even I thought it was still a little too spicy. I will use probably 1T next time. It was very good though, and even though DH's eyes were watering and he was drinking milk to try to cut the spice, he still ate it and liked it.

Feb 16, 2007

I followed the recipe as written except I didn't have onion powder, so I used half an onion diced. I also marinated the pork in the spices for about 2 hours. Since there was a snowstorm outside, I made on my grill pan and it took twice as long to cook. It was well worth the wait though as this was some of the best pork I have ever had. It was spicy (my husband and I both like spicy food), but I served with some mango apple sauce and it made a great combo. Very easy recipe and tastes great, so I am definitely going to make this again!


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  • Calories
  • 183 kcal
  • 9%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 11.7 g
  • 4%
  • Cholesterol
  • 62 mg
  • 21%
  • Fat
  • 6.1 g
  • 9%
  • Fiber
  • 1.4 g
  • 6%
  • Protein
  • 20.4 g
  • 41%
  • Sodium
  • 667 mg
  • 27%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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