Grilled Chili Lime Pork Tenderloin


I have a confession to make… I only really learned how to use a grill last summer. Embarassing, I know! It’s not like it’s hard. Anywho, this quickly was added to the “oooh we gotta make this again” list once we got a taste. True, it takes a while to marinate, but the end product is soooo worth it. Tender, juicy pork infused with chili flavor and hints of lime, this is another meal that looks really impressive and elegant with little work involved. Add a green side and you’ve got a delightful meal!


  • 1-1.5 lbs pork tenderloin
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp brown sugar
  • Sprinkle of cinnamon
  • Salt
  • Black pepper


  • Place pork in a shallow dish/pan of your choosing. In a bowl, combine oil, lime juice, soy sauce, chili powder, cumin, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Stir well to combine. Pour mixture over pork and use hands to coat completely. Cover dish and allow to marinate for at least 30 minutes, preferably overnight if possible. (We marinated ours for about 8 hours and I thought it was perfect. Up to you and your preparedness level!)


I didn't realize I'd bought a two-fer package, but I went ahead and made both since the total weight was 1.5 lbs. it didn't go to waste!

I didn’t realize I’d bought a two-fer package, but I went ahead and made both since the total weight was 1.5 lbs. it didn’t go to waste!

  • Once you’ve reached desired time of marinade-goodness, prepare your grill. Get your grill nice and hot, about 550 degrees Fahrenheit. Once the grill is ready, season each side of your pork with a little salt and pepper before placing on the grill. Sear, without moving, for about 4 minutes. Flip pork and sear other side for another 4 minutes.


  • Once you’ve got some tasty looking grill marks on both sides of your tenderloin, flip it back to the first side and decrease the temperature of your grill to about 475 degrees. Close lid and cook for 6-8minutes, depending on how pink you like your tenderloin (regardless, the internal temperature should reach about 170 degrees). Flip and repeat on opposite side until desired doneness reached. Remove from grill and let rest for 3-5 minutes before slicing and serving. This step is really important- it cooks the pork just a tiny bit more and allows all of those delicious juices to settle inside. Plate with the side of your choice and some extra lime wedges for an extra shot of lime flavor if you’d like!


Recipe from A Farmgirl Dabbles


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