Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Mojo Pork Tenderloin Recipe

Pork tenderloin is one of those great little supermarket gems.  Usually inexpensive, I find myself picking them up on a regular basis.  The thing is, pork can be a little bland.  Or, I always make it the same way, and they gets boring.  So the other day I decided to hit up my spice cabinet and kick things up a notch!  That is how this Mojo Pork Tenderloin was born!  

Warm and spicy, this Mojo Pork Tenderloin is the perfect compliment to any weeknight Cuban feast!  I know you're going to love it, and I can't wait to share it with you!

Let's Get Started!

Mojo Pork Tenderloin:
*Prep Time: 30 min  *Cook Time:  10-15 min *Difficulty *Servings: 4-6


  • 1/4 c. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Lemon, zested and juiced
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin 
  • 1 tsp Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Seasoning Salt
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Pepper
  • 1 Tbsp Brown Sugar
You may be asking "What is Mojo?"  Well, in Cuban cooking, a mojo marinade is any sauce based with oil, citrus, and garlic.  

So to begin this Mojo Pork Tenderloin, preheat the oven to 450 degrees.

Place the pork tenderloin in a resealable bag, and add the extra virgin olive oil...



Garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, chili powder, seasoning salt, and brown sugar.

Then zest the lemon into the bag and squeeze the juice into it.

Press the air out, and seal it.
Rub everything around so that it is mixed together and the tenderloin it completely coated.
Place in the refrigerator for AT LEAST 30 minutes, but you could leave it overnight.

After 30 minutes, place an oven-proof skillet on high heat with a little oil in it.
Allow the pan to get smoking hot.

Add the marinated tenderloin to the pan, and brown on each side for 2-3 minutes.

Once all the sides are browned, place it into the 450 degree oven and cook for 10-15 minutes, until the internal temperature reads 140 degrees.

Once the Mojo Pork Tenderloin is fully cooked, remove from the oven and let rest for 5-10 minutes.

I wish you could smell this Mojo Pork Tenderloin through the screen.  It is absolutely intoxicating!  Warm, smokey, and slightly spicy.  But also tangy and a little sweet.  It is pork perfection!  I love to serve this with roasted sweet potatoes and steam vegetables, maybe a little yellow rice.  Ready in minutes, this is perfect for a week night meal!  So the next time you see that plain pork tenderloin sitting on the shelf at the grocer's, pick it up and make this Mojo Pork Tenderloin tonight!

And as always...

Happy Reading, Happy Eating, and Happy Living,
~The Kitchen Wife~


  1. Oh yum! I love the spice blend you use for this!

  2. Hubby loves pork and this sounds very different from anything I've made so have to try it out! Thanks!

    1. You are so welcome! I know he'll love it! If he's a huge pork fan, you should check my maple glaze pork loin. It's maple season and it is so scrumptious together with pork!