Stuffed Pork Tenderloin With Cilantro Lime Pesto

  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hrs 35 mins
  • Servings: 4
  • About This Recipe

    “Cilantro, also known as coriander, is a signature spice in Mexican cooking. In this recipe it combines with lime to add zing to pork tenderloin, a sensational main dish for an elegant dinner.”

    Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lbspork tenderloin
  • 3garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 onion, cut into chunks
  • 1/2 cuploosely packed chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2tablespoonsfresh lime juice
  • 1teaspoondiced jalapeno
  • 2tablespoonscorn oil
  • 1/2 cupshredded monterey jack cheese
  • green chile picante sauce
  • Directions

  • PREHEAT oven to 400°F.
  • CUT tenderloin lengthwise almost in half.
  • Open; lay flat between two pieces of waxed paper.
  • Pound with meat mallet or rolling pin to 1/2-inch thickness.
  • PLACE garlic, onion, cilantro, lime juice and jalapenos in food processor or blender container; cover.
  • Process until coarsely chopped.
  • Process, while slowly adding corn oil, for 10-15 secondsor until mixture is slightly smooth.
  • Spread half of cilantro mixture over tenderloin; top with cheese.
  • Roll up; secure with string.
  • Spread remaining cilantro mixture over top.
  • Place on rack in roasting pan.
  • BAKE for 55-60 minutesor until internal temperature of 170 F is reached.
  • Cool for 5 minutes.
  • Remove string; slice.
  • Serve with picante sauce.
  • Reviews

  • “This is one of the best, most flavorful pork recipes that I have ever made. My husband still raves about how good this was.”

  • “Excellent way to stuff a pork tenderloin. The directions were very clearand accurate. Delicious flavour – I used a serrano chile instead of Jalapeno and deglazed the pan with some reduced wine/shallot sauce and poured that on top of thetenderloin before serving.”

  • “Amazing dish. I made it into stuffed pork chops. I cooked them on a pan for approx 15 min. I used cheddar instead of Monterey Jack. This is a keeper for sure.”

  • “Wouldn’t call it pretty but it tasted great!Made as directed other than instead of green picante sauce I made recipe #189438 for dipping.I served with my own cilantro lime rice recipe on the side.”

  • “I really liked this a lot, although my husband didn’t care for it.I made a half recipe and made with green rice (cilantro/jalapeno rice) and some green beans.I love fresh cilantro and this dish really makes good use of it in my opinion! Thanks for posting!”

  • “The flavor was wonderful, but I had a hard time stuffing the pork, everything kept spilling over.”

  • “This recipe is just “okay”.The first glaring issue I had with it was the direction to cook the pork to a temperature of 170 degrees. Way too overdone at that temp.Tenderloin should be pulled at a temp no higher than 135 and allowed to rest to 140.A lot of fussy work for an “okay” result.Probably won’t be making this again.”

  • “Not a big fan of pork, but decided to try this recipe out anyway 🙂 Turned out very yummy!”

  • “This was a great way to make pork tenderloin a little more interesting. I used Cilantro Pesto Recipe #122804 that I had frozen, but still added the fresh lime juice. My pork came out a little dry, so I think I’ll have to decrease the cook time a bit in the future. But overall a great meal!”

  • “Awesome!Best pork recipe I have ever tried. I used Feta cheese and pork was full of flavor, tender and moist.”

  • “Very good. Thank you.”

  • “Absolutely wonderful!I used a whole jalepeno and doubled the garlic and substituted olive oil.Easy and spectacular enough for company!We loved it.”

  • “This is a delicious recipe.It also works for stuffed chops.This is one of the best ways to eat pork, and this recipe is the best I’ve come across so far!Try adding a chopped hot pepper or two for a kick!”

  • “What a great recipe! Being from Texas, we love things hot, so I used 3 whole fresh jalepenos in my version, substiuted olive oi for corn oil, but otherwise left un-altered. What amazed me is that this contains no salt or seasonings and yet the meat came out perfectly flavoredeven on the outside. Yum!”

  • “My family loved this recipe. I doubled the pesto recipe as suggested in another review (but still only used half of an onion), and I used cojita cheese instead of monterey jack. I used Merzetta Express Jarred Tamed Jalapenos rather than fresh to make it less spicy for the kids, but also retain the jalapeno flavoring. I also added more shredded cojita cheese to the top w/ remaining pesto and more slice jalapenos for garnish. Made the presentation great!”

  • “eh. I was expecting something spectacular with all the 5 stars, but I didn’t think this was anything special. The pesto was just pico de gallo sans the tomatoes.I tried some extra pesto on top of a piece of salmon and that was ok. I just didn’t think this recipe was much to write home about. I won’t be making it again.”

  • “This was really excellent.I ended up using colby cheese, because that’s what I had on hand.I doubled the amount of cilantro pesto, and had just enough.Thanks!”

  • “delicious, was very good served with mashed sweet potatoes”

  • “I found this recipe to be very bland.Pork is a tricky meat.It drys out easily and its rarely tasty without great seasoning and spicing.Especially a tenderloin which doesn’t always have the same fat content as a pork chop, and therefore lacks the same juices and flavor.This “pesto” had “a taste”, namely cilantro, but was not tasty, and unfortunately did very little to flavor this dish.What this dish really needs is a more genuine stuffing within the pork, and this pesto should be prepared separately and poured atop the cooked meat to add more dynamic flavor.A little bit of seasoning during prep wouldn’t hurt either, to help flavor the meat.I give this 1/5 stars because my wife and I didn’t even finish what was on our plate… it was that disappointing.When left-overs go in the trash before they can even be left over, I just can’t rate it any other way.”

  • “I made this tonight because I had all of the ingredients. It was wonderful. I didn’t change a thing. So easy and really good.”

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