Tequila Pork with Tropical Salsa

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: jalapeno, mango, pork, tequila
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 4 hours 35 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 191kcal
Pork tenderloin is a very lean and flavorful cut and it grills up in no time.  The plucky tequila lime marinade makes it special!
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  • 1 lime zested and juiced
  • 1 large clove garlic minced
  • 1 1" knob of ginger peeled
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons tequila preferably reposada
  • 1/2 jalapeno thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro fresh chopped
  • 1 1-pound pork tenderloin
  • 2 cups mango and pineapple salsa on this site


  • In a small bowl, combine lime zest and juice. Set aside.
  • Use a microplane grater to grate the knob of ginger over a cutting board. Transfer the grated ginger to the bowl with the lime.
  • Add the honey, tequila, jalapeƱo, cilantro, olive oil salt and pepper. Stir to combine.
  • Place the pork tenderloin into a 1 gallon zip top bag. Pour the marinade over the pork and refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to 4.
  • Take the pork from the refrigerator 15 minutes before cooking and remove it from the marinade onto a baking sheet or platter.
  • Preheat the grill to a high heat - about 450 degrees. Place the pork onto the hot grill and sear on one side for 5-6 minutes. Flip over and continue to cook for an additional 5-6 minutes for medium or to desired doneness.
  • Transfer pork to platter or cutting board and tent with tin foil. Let meat rest for 4-5 minutes before carving.
  • Slice the tenderloin into half inch slices. Arrange neatly on a platter. Serve salsa on the side or scoop some onto the platter with the pork for an eye-popping presentation.


If you want to make 2 or even 3 pork tenderloins, there should be enough marinade in just one recipe to accommodate the extra loins. So invite some friends over - they can bring the libations!


Calories: 191kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 637mg | Potassium: 138mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 925IU | Vitamin C: 32.1mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 0.1mg