Smoky Pork Tenderloin with Mango Salsa

I have to be honest.

I used to hate pork tenderloin. Maybe it was the way I would cook it in the past. It was always too tough, and chewy for me. Since it’s a less fat type of pork I never found it to be worth cooking.

Because in my mind fat= flavor.

Boy was I WRONG!

I was flipping through a Cooking Light Magazine, and looking for some healthy dinner ideas. I came across a pork tenderloin and thought I would give it a try, and I am glad I did.

It was good, but I wanted a bit more flavor so I spruced it up with a few more spices like smoked paprika and cumin, then I gave the pork a sweet Mango Salsa to compliment the smoky flavors of the pork. The contrasting flavors marry perfectly in your mouth.

Swoon

I think I am in love.

Even my children gobbled this up!

{Need a refresher on how to cut a Mango? Check out my tutorial here!}

This whole dish will take you less than 35 minutes. From start to finish.

Seriously easy folks!

Not to mention cost effective. I bought a giant tube of pork at the store for $11, and found out when I got home that there were 2 tenderloins in there! BONUS! That means you can make this twice! Hooray!

Total dishes used to prepare dinner: 2!

One for the pork and one for the mango salsa. To cook the pork with just one dish you’ll need an oven proof skillet, or if you don’t have an oven proof skillet you can add just one more dish and transfer your pork from your skillet to a baking dish. Chop all your mango salsa ingredients on the same cutting board and throw them into the same bowl.

Smoky Pork Tenderloin with Mango Salsa

Ingredients

  • 1 pork tenderloin
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 2 ripe Mangoes cut into cubes
  • 1/2 of a purple onion, diced
  • 1 serrano pepper seeded and diced
  • 1 medium tomato diced
  • 1/4 cup freshly chopped cilantro (or 2 tbsp Gourmet Gardens Cilantro)
  • 1 lime- juice of
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp Nakano Seasoned Rice Vinegar Roasted Garlic Blend
  • 1 tsp honey

Instructions

  1. Spray a large oven proof skillet generously with cooking spray (I use my cast iron skillet). Heat skillet to medium-high.
  2. Combine 1/2 tsp salt with the pepper, garlic powder, smoked paprika, and cumin. Rub the seasonings evenly all over the pork tenderloin.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  4. Once skillet is hot add the pork tenderloin and sear on each side for 3-4 minutes, making sure all sides are browned.
  5. Place the skillet into the oven(or if you're using a non oven safe skillet, transfer to a baking dish) and cook for an additional 10 minutes. Or until the internal temperature of the pork reaches 145 degrees.
  6. Meanwhile prepare the Mango Salsa by combining the mango, onion, serrano pepper, tomato, cilantro, lime juice, salt, rice vinegar, and honey in a large bowl. Stir until all flavors and ingredients are combined.
  7. Remove pork tenderloin from the oven and let sit for 10 minutes before cutting into.
  8. Cut into 1/2 in thick slices and enjoy with the mango salsa on top.
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Comments

  1. Mmmmmm, anything with mangoes is fine by me!

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