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Best 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, this pork is marinated with a delectable spice paste, sliced into thin strips and quickly grilled.

Marinated Grilled Pork Tenderloin

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Marinated grilled pork tenderloin is so easy to make.

With Cinco de Mayo coming up and grilling season, it’s high time you discovered this simple recipe.

And if you want a great grilling cookbook, I highly recommend this one from Steven Raichlen.

Grilled Marinated Pork Tenderloin (Mexican Style)

Why this Marinated Grilled Pork Tenderloin is Amazing!

Besides the fact that everyone loves it, this pork tenderlin can be used in so many dishes.

Slice it for burritos, use it in enchiladas or tacos or chimichangas, or just serve it over rice with salsa and tortillas on the side.

P.S. Use this on nachos and watch the crowd go wild!

Made with ingredients that are found in every kitchen, this is an easy dish to put together!

How do you make this simple Mexican Marinated Grilled Pork Tenderloin?

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

This pork tenderloin can marinate for 4-6 hours though longer doesn’t hurt it a bit, and just adds extra savory flavor.

Combine pure chile powder of your choice with vinegar, which makes the pork extra tender.

I like using ancho chile powder, because I love its rich flavor but guajillo is great, too.

Add garlic, salt, fresh ground black pepper, oregano, cinnamon and cloves and you have an amazing marinade paste.

What is a Mexican Marinade?

A Mexican marinade or adobada is often made with vinegar and oregano. Many countries have their own version of adobos.

What temperature should pork be cooked to?

This grilled pork should be cooked to an internal temperature of 145 degrees. Because this pork is sliced thin into vertial strips, it only needs about three minutes per side.

What to Serve with Mexican Marinated Grilled Pork Tenderloin?

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 mighty good as does my grilled salsa which tastes superb. Adding some elote corn helps round things out.

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. 

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!

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! But really meant to go with an awesome margarita!

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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: 46 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

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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!