Pork tenderloin with chipotle sauce & pickled red onions

Pork tenderloin with chipotle sauce & pickled red onions

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(18 ratings)

Prep: 25 mins Cook: 30 mins


Serves 4
The ultimate Friday night food, these smoky flavoured wraps will bring the taste of Mexico to your table

Nutrition and extra info


  • kcal305
  • fat10g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs25g
  • sugars20g
  • fibre3g
  • protein31g
  • salt0.53g
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  • 2 red onions, one thickly and one thinly sliced
  • juice 2 limes



    The same shape, but smaller than…

  • 2 tsp dried oregano



    Closely related to marjoram, of which it is the wild equivalent, oregano has a coarser, more…

  • 8 fat garlic cloves, unpeeled
  • 6 medium plum tomatoes, halved
  • 2 tbsp chipotle paste (we used Discovery, available from Waitrose)
  • 2 tbsp chilli powder
  • 3 tbsp soft brown sugar



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  • 2 pork tenderloins, about 500g each
  • coriander sprigs and warm soft tortillas (flour or corn), to serve


  1. Place the thinly sliced onion in a bowl with juice 1 lime, half the oregano and a pinch each of salt and pepper. Set aside.

  2. Dry-fry the whole garlic in a non-stick pan until blackened on both sides, about 8 mins, then peel. Heat the grill. Arrange the thickly sliced onion on a baking tray with the tomatoes, cut-side up. Season and grill until blackened, about 8 mins. Tip into a bowl with the garlic, chipotle paste, 1 tsp chilli powder, 1 tbsp sugar and remaining lime juice. Season and whizz in a blender until smooth. Gently heat through in a pan.

  3. Rub the pork with the remaining chilli powder, oregano, sugar and seasoning. Grill for 5 mins each side until cooked. Serve sliced in warm tortillas with some sauce, the pickled onions and coriander.

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Dominic Biggin's picture
Dominic Biggin
21st Jun, 2019
What the dickens are they on about...2 x 500g pork tenderloin 5 minutes each way? Mine has been in for 30 minutes and it is still as gushing blood... However, the sauce and pickled onions taste amazing...cant wait when in another 40 minutes I can put the pork with it!
13th Jan, 2014
I haven't made the pork so can't comment, but the smokey sauce is fantastic! I've found Tipping the grilled onion and tomato, garlic and other ingredients into the pan and hand-blending does the trick (thinned out slightly with half a tin of tomatoes) saves washing up. I made extra and freeze portions. Just defrosted a portion to go in wraps with cajun spiced grilled salmon and green peppers, avocado and sour cream. YUM!
4th Jun, 2013
Delicious! I really liked the chipotle sauce. I've always been wanting to try chipotle sauce, and it so happened to be the homemade version I got to try first! Got plenty of leftovers which will do wonder as a salad dressing with a bit of a kick I think :D http://julesthenorweegie.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/pork-tenderloin-with-chipotle-sauce.html Here's what mine ended up like!
30th Dec, 2012
Very nice, think that the chipotle sauce is lovely and tasty. A nice change from fahitas, and although I know I will make again, not one that I would go too crazy for. Probably just my own taste, might try with chicken next time
13th Sep, 2012
The pork was really moist and well flavoured, though took much longer to cook than stated (I had to slice in half lengthways to cook the centre). The pickled onions were delicious, and really easy; will definiatly make these to go with other wraps and salads. I couldn't find any Chipotle chilies so I can't comment on the sauce.
16th Jul, 2012
This is delicious and I have made it many times now. I find the recipe makes plenty of the chipotle sauce so I freeze the leftovers in batches, meaning we can have it another 3 times without going to the effort of preparing the sauce each time. I rub the pork with the ingredients and prepare the pickled onions on the morning of the day we are having this for dinner, then I just have to heat through the sauce and cook the pork. Easy! I buy the chipotle paste from my local Sainsbury's (it is on the aisle for speciality ingredients).
25th Apr, 2012
This went down a treat with the family. I used some pork rasher strips which i cut up after cooking. These worked quite well, although probably could have done with "something on the side" as the wraps alone didn't seem enough. (Emergency trip to chippy by hubby for chips to go with it) Way too much chipotle sauce - had 3 extra pots to freeze after we'd finished. Made a lovely spicy dip the next day though!
27th Jun, 2011
I had some leftover pork to use up after a hog roast, so just made the chipotle sauce and pickled onions and shredded to pork to put into the wraps. Was very tasty and would do it again with the pok done properly to max out the taste!
16th Jun, 2010
Tasty, fun to prepare, smelt fantastic whilst cooking and was delicious. Neither of us is particularly keen on pork, but this has become a definite fave in our house.
14th Apr, 2010
Excellent. Leftovers tasted great the next day in a lunchbox. This is a family favourite.


2nd Sep, 2013
Should it really be 2 tbsp (i.e. tablespoons) of chilli powder? I didn't use quite that much but it was too hot for me! I usually don't mind a bit of heat but this was so hot I didn't really enjoy it. Will try again with less chilli powder some time. I agree that the pork took quite a lot longer to cook than the stated time, too.
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