Citrus Chilli Pork Loin

by Gavan on May 25, 2009

Citrus Chili Pork Loin

Can pork be part of a healthy diet? Pork can easily be a healthy part of a well-balanced diet. Many cuts of pork are as lean as skinless chicken. According to The Daily Pork, lean pork is a great source of lean protein and many essential vitamins and other nutrients. A 3-ounce serving of pork tenderloin is an “excellent” source of protein, thiamin, vitamin B6, phosphorus and niacin and a “good” source of riboflavin, potassium and zinc. Want to see how the cuts stack up?

What about those chipotle peppers? What are they? Chipotle peppers are firey smoked or dried jalapeño peppers. Smoking chipotles began as a way to keep them from rotting, since the jalapeño was prone to quickly deteriorate when stored. You’re most likely to find them in many Mexican and Southwestern dishes, including salsas, spice rubs, BBQ sauces and hot sauces. You can find them in the ethic or Mexican food aisle at the grocery, depending on where you live, tinned or dried in packets. I’m using tinned for this recipe. NOTE: one pepper does not mean one can, unless you want your head to catch fire.

Dried Chipotle peppers
Dried chipotle peppers

Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
Chipotles in adobo sauce

Serves 4

3 lbs grass fed pork loin (off the bone)

Pork marinade:
1 cup freshly squeezed OJ
1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce (canned), chopped, keeping seeds
¼ tsp salt

Mix marinade ingredients together and pour into a large Ziploc bag along with pork. Coat pork in bag and refrigerate for between 1-4 hours.


1 shallot – fine dice
2 cups freshly squeezed OJ
1 tbsp fresh ginger, minced
1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
2 tbsp fresh chopped cilantro
1 tbsp fresh chopped chives
1 tbsp chopped chipotle pepper (or more if you can handle the spice!)

Saute shallots in 1 tbsp olive oil in preheated medium saucepan for 2 minutes. Add OJ and let reduce by half on a simmer. Add fresh ginger and chicken broth. Bring to a boil and reduce to simmer. Reduce 15 minutes and add cilantro, chives and chipotle to sauce.

Preheat oven to 400°F.

Place marinated pork on a foiled oven tray and roast in oven for 30-40 minutes or until internal temp of 165F. Once cooked let rest for 10 minutes with foil loosely over the meat.

When ready to serve, slice the pork and spoon orange chipotle sauce over. The pork is super succulent and the sauce is light, sweet yet spicy. I served it with roasted butternut squash and couscous. Brilliant!

All recipes are made with the finest quality farmers market whole foods, natural and non-processed ingredients as much as possible.

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Ryan May 25, 2009 at 12:20 pm

Man that looks good, chipotles are right my alley!

Might have to try this out with a boneless skinless turkey breast. Seems like the same would work nicely.

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