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Bacon Wrapped Chili Lime Pork Tenderloin


Today I'm sharing a pork recipe that is impressive enough to serve to guests but easy enough to prepare on a weeknight.  You will just need to think ahead enough to prepare a marinade ahead of time.

This bacon-wrapped chili lime pork tenderloin gets its flavor two ways.  First is the flavorful chili lime marinade that you'll want to use to marinate your pork tenderloin for at least eight hours. Then, just before cooking, you'll wrap the tenderloin with bacon.  It's good stuff!


Bacon-Wrapped Chili Lime Pork Tenderloin

Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin
Bacon Wrapper Chili-Lime Pork Tenderloin
Pork is a meal choice that works any time of year.  It works for comfort food recipes and lighter grilling options.  This bacon-wrapped chili lime pork tenderloin is a dinner choice that falls between the light meal and comfort-food dinner options. I love using pork tenderloin because it is quick to prepare and also cooks quickly. 

Bacon-wrapped pork loin for dinner.

It just so happens that I chose a chili-lime marinade for this pork tenderloin, but just about any marinade will work.  You might even want to try this with one of the pre-seasoned pork tenderloins you can buy at your grocery store.  Then you won't even have to plan ahead.  How easy is that!
Bacon Wrapped Chili Lime Pork Tenderloin


The lime in this chili lime marinade delivers a fresh pop of flavor.  Be sure to add the zest of the lime for an additional zing.  Serve with the tomato and corn relish for added zip. I highly recommend the relish on the side.

Bacon-Wrapped Chili-Lime Pork Tenderloin

Sliced Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin
Bacon-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin
Serves Four

  • 1 pork tenderloin
  • 6-8 slices of bacon
  • 3 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lime, zested and juiced
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne, if you like spicy
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
The Relish
  • 1/2 cup chopped tomato
  • 1/2 cup cooked or grilled corn kernels
  • 1/2 jalapeno pepper, minced
  • 1/4 cup red onion, diced
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Directions
In a small bowl. mix together all of the ingredients, except the pork tenderloin and the bacon.  Place the pork tenderloin in a glass or ceramic baking dish or a zip-top plastic bag.  Pour the marinade over the pork tenderloin being sure to cover well.  Refrigerate overnight, or up to 48 hours.  The longer you marinate, the more flavorful it will be.

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.  Wrap the marinated pork tenderloin with the slices of bacon. Place the prepared pork tenderloin on a shallow baking sheet.  Toss chunks of potato with olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic powder to roast alongside the pork tenderloin.

Bake the pork tenderloin for 40-45 minutes, or until it registers 145 degrees F on your meat thermometer.


Bacon Wrapped Chili Lime Marinated Pork Tenderloin
The Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin

While the pork is cooking, mix together the ingredients for the relish.  Serve as a side with this pork tenderloin. You'll love the added pop of flavor.

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Enjoy!




Comments

  1. I made this Sunday night for two friends. The pork was delicious even though I didn't marinate it as long as the recipe called for. I think the bacon was a great addition. I loved the relish but my friends were ambivalent about it. I ate more relish on Monday. Will definitely be doing this recipe again. No more dried up pork tenderloins.

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  2. Used a purchased marinated Montreal seasoned pork tenderloin with JustOneDonna caramelized onions which are always in ready to go packets in my freezer!!

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