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Marinated Grilled Pork Tenderloin

This marinated grilled pork tenderloin, (Mexican style)  is  quickly grilled. Great on its own, or perfect for tacos, nachos, quesadillas and even burritos. 

Marinated Grilled Pork Tenderloin

Marinated grilled pork tenderloin is so easy to make.

How do you make this simple Mexican Grilled Pork?

Basically this simple spice paste of chile powder, garlic and vinegar is rubbed on sliced and pounded tenderloin slices.

It needs to marinate for about 4-6 hours.  Longer though doesn’t hurt it a bit, and just adds extra savory flavor.

Grilling season and Cinco de Mayo are right around the corner so I decided to bring back this simple and flavorful recipe so you don’t miss out. This chile flavored marinade has lots of garlic, a touch of cinnamon, oregano and cloves. Combined with vinegar, which makes this pork especially tender, is a winning combination.

I’m not sure about you, but sometimes it is good to be different. I know it’s easy to go the market (maybe it’s not so easy now!) and pick up a package of dogs or some premade burgers, but the truth is it is just as easy to pick up an unadorned pork tenderloin and stick it in a marinade. 

Grilled Marinated Pork Tenderloin (Mexican Style)

I love  bbq chickens and ribs, but I adore great Mexican food and grilled meat is a Mexican specialty. It isn’t always about tortillas, though this dish could easily be wrapped in one.  

Marinated grilled pork tenderloin is so good. The uses for it are many. Yes, it’s great in tortillas or also on top of rice. Perfect for tacos, on salads and even on nachos. 

Marinated Grilled Pork Tenderloin (Mexican Style)

I can already smell the grills smokin’ in our neck of the woods. This week is supposed to be gorgeous and very warm which frankly worries me a bit since our sprinkler system is broke.

This morning I looked for someone to help us and so far two of the six I’ve called don’t have appointments until May 20th. My grass can’t wait that long!

In my case I may not be smelling freshly mowed grass this weekend, but at least I can fill the neighborhood with the savory scent of this grilled Mexican pork tenderloin. This super easy to prepare pork tenderloin, is tangy and spicy and perfect weekend food.

Topping it with avocado cream and pickled onions sure sounds might good as does my grilled salsa which tastes superb. Adding some elote corn helps round things out. And my favorite grilled tomato salsa is essential.

Marinated Grilled Pork Mexican Style

This grilled and marinated pork tenderloin would be perfect on a rice bowl with lots of cilantro, sour cream and  black beans.

Truth be told, I think I’ve found a new favorite. I keep finding myself heading to the fridge and opening up the zip lock bag and taking a few slices out. It could be worse. I could be taking out chocolate or potato chips or heaven forbid …cookies. No, much better to munch on this, than that!

Now get your tenderloin marinating. So easy to do and such a great change from other marinades. This magical mixture is my cup of tea!

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Condiment Ideas:

Pickled Grilled Red Onions
Avocado Cream
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Baja Grilled Tomato Salsa
Elote Corn

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Mexican Grilled Pork

Grilled Mexican Pork (Oaxaca Style)

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  • Author: Abbe Odenwalder
  • Prep Time: 4 - 24 hours to marinate
  • Cook Time: 6 - 10 Minutes
  • Total Time: 5 Hours
  • Yield: 4 -6 Servings 1x
  • Category: Main Course
  • Method: Grill
  • Cuisine: Mexican


This Grilled Mexican Pork is marinated and  quickly grilled which makes it perfect for tacos, nachos, quesadillas and even in a burrito. It also is superb with beans and rice on the side!



1/4 c pure chile powder (I used ancho and guajillo)

1/2 c white vinegar

4 cloves garlic

1 t salt

1 t freshly ground black pepper

1 t dried oregano

1/2 t cinnamon

1/4 t ground cloves

1 1/2 lbs boneless pork tenderloin


Combine everything, except the pork, in a blender or use an immersion blender to process this to a smooth wet paste.

Cut the pork loin into 4 broad, thin sheets, about 1/4″ thick. I’m not sure I got mine that thin! Pound to even out the thick pieces! Spread each piece of pork with the seasoning mixture and stack in a non reactive dish, or in my case a big zip lock bag.

Marinate as long as you want, but a minimum of 4- 6 hours in the refrigerator.

Preheat grill to high and while grill is preheating bring pork to room temperature. Oil the grill grate and grill, turning with tongs, until nicely browned and cooked through, about 3 minutes per side. Pork can be served a bit pink in the middle. Do not overcook! Serve with condiments and enjoy!


Actual Prep time is about 20 minutes but does not include time to marinate
From: The BBQ Bible


Recipe rating 5 Stars 4 Stars 3 Stars 2 Stars 1 Star

Healthy World Cuisine

Wednesday 29th of April 2020

Bring on the grilling and chilling season. Excited to try this marinade. The vinegar must really tenderize the pork. Just in time for cinco de mayo.

Chef Mimi

Tuesday 28th of April 2020

And just like that, there’s a box for a comment! I don’t understand how they are so random. In any case, I just love this. And that photo with all of the stuff? Fabulous.


Monday 27th of April 2020

Isn't this an inviting dish and a great way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo! LOVE your photo!

Balvinder Ubi

Tuesday 19th of July 2016

Such a fabulous entry into grilling season,Abbe! Absolutely gorgeous. I love Mexican flavors.


Monday 18th of July 2016

I love the idea of slicing the pork thin so it's quick on the grill - looks amazing!