Pork Tenderloin with Cilantro-Lime Pesto

Servings: 6 People
Prep Time: 20 min.

Nutrition at a Glance
Calories: 262
Calories from fat: 137 (52%)
Total fat: 16g

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National Pork Board
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Fresh jalapeños and grated jalapeño cheese bring nice heat to the pork tenderloin.


1- 1/2 lbs pork tenderloin
1 Tbs minced garlic
2 Tbs minced ginger
1/4 cup minced green onions
1 Tbs minced cilantro
1 tsp minced jalapenos
1/2 tsp black pepper
2 Tbs lime juice
2 Tbs olive oil
1/2 cup grated jalapeno cheese
1/4 cup toasted pine nuts


Cut tenderloin lengthwise almost in half. Lay out flat. Chill. Combine next seven ingredients in food processor; puree. Add olive oil slowly until mixture thickens. Spread half of mixture over tenderloin. Spread grated cheese over pesto. Reform tenderloin and tie to secure. Spread remaining pesto over tenderloin. Chill for several hours.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place tenderloin on a rack in a shallow baking pan and roast until firm, about 20 minutes. Remove from oven, cover and keep warm. Let rest for 10 minutes, reserving all juices.

Remove string from tenderloin and cut into eight slices. Arrange on plates. Pour any warm juices over slices. Sprinkle with toasted pine nuts to serve.

Recipe courtesy of the National Pork Board

 Nutrition Facts  

Calories 262
Calories from Fat 137 (52%)
(24%)Total Fat 16g
(22%)Saturated Fat 4g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
(28%)Cholesterol 84mg
(5%)Sodium 118mg
(14%)Potassium 497mg
Total Carbohydrate 3g
(2%)Dietary Fiber 0g
Sugars 0g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
(55%)Protein 28g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.
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