Marinated Grilled Pork Tenderloin

Mexican Grilled Pork
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)

  • 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

Keywords: Marinated Grilled Pork Tenderloin, Marinades for Grilled Pork Tenderloin, Mexican Grilled Pork, Mexican Grilled Pork recipe, Mexican grilled meat, Cinco de May recipes, easy Mexican food


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  • Healthy World Cuisine
    April 29, 2020 at 9:40 am

    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
    April 28, 2020 at 5:55 am

    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.

  • Holly
    April 27, 2020 at 7:35 pm

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

  • Balvinder Ubi
    July 19, 2016 at 1:50 pm

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

  • Biz
    July 18, 2016 at 8:55 pm

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

  • Rachel
    July 16, 2016 at 1:17 am

    This looks so good! Especially those pickled onions!

  • Sue/the view from great island
    July 15, 2016 at 2:31 pm

    I'm so excited about this because pork tenderloins are something we love but I usually just broil them and that's that. This is going to be so much more interesting!

  • Cheri Savory Spoon
    July 14, 2016 at 4:05 pm

    We love Mexican food Abbe, looks like you grilled the pork perfectly!!

  • mjskit
    July 13, 2016 at 4:44 am

    Good call on the pork tenderloin. Your plate of fixins looks perfect. I'd love to grab a tortilla right now and make me a taco. YUM!

  • Holly @
    July 11, 2016 at 11:05 pm

    A beautiful meal, Abbe! I'd prefer this to burgers on the grill any day of the week!

  • Jessie Moore
    July 10, 2016 at 11:51 am

    OMG, this looks incredible. Every Oaxacan style dish I have ever tried has been delicious, and this looks like no exception!

  • Sippity Sup
    July 8, 2016 at 3:09 pm

    That's quite a fiesta! GREG

  • SavoringTime in the Kitchen
    July 5, 2016 at 10:34 pm

    This sounds wonderful, Abbe. I love all the fixin's you serve it with too. Hope you had a Happy Fourth. I'll be adding this to my This Little Piggy board 🙂

  • Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen
    July 4, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    Oh wow! What a stunning spread, Abbe. Perfectly pickled onions and guacamole is just wow! And the thought of that spicy marinade is something which is making me drool. YUM!

  • Unknown
    July 3, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    This looks fantastic, I could jump right into that delicious platter. And I love the sound of the marinade, a wonderful combination of spices! Happy 4th of July! 🙂

    • nicole (
      July 3, 2016 at 6:39 pm

      Didn't think about the fact that I recently got rid of my G+ profile, hence the "unknown." 🙂

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      July 3, 2016 at 6:42 pm

      So now I know! Thanks Nicole!

  • Kitchen Riffs
    July 2, 2016 at 7:28 pm

    The other meat meat might be my favorite meat. So versatile, and takes so well to any spice/herb/seasoning you can throw at it. This looks great — perfect for the 4th. Thanks!

  • Lea Ann (Cooking On The Ranch)
    July 2, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    That platter of pork, pickled onions and guac is a sight for sore eyes. Beautiful! And I must try this recipe very soon. Happy Holiday Weekend!

  • Tricia Buice
    July 2, 2016 at 5:12 pm

    This spread is gorgeous Abbe – the meat looks like it has the perfect char 🙂 Hope you enjoyed your time outside with the pups. It is a beautiful day here in Virginia – happy 4th of July to you and yours!

  • Adam J. Holland
    July 2, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    I think I'll be adding this to me repertoire. Looks wonderful! Hope all is well. 🙂

  • Angie Schneider
    July 2, 2016 at 9:34 am

    This looks fabulous. I must try that spicy marinade.

  • La Table De Nana
    July 2, 2016 at 1:51 am

    Geesh you are good at colourful..this looks so good..the only thing ..s we buy pre made is Costco rotisserie chicken..and this only the last 2 years..and the smoked meat:)

  • Liz Berg
    July 2, 2016 at 1:49 am

    Whoa, this pork sound amazing! Especially served with all your fixin's!!!