Sweet-&-Spicy Pork Tenderloin with Mango Salsa

August 15, 2012

For this month's Eating the Alphabet challenge (letters M, N, or O), I chose to share with you one of our family's go-to recipes.  This Sweet-&-Spicy Pork Tenderloin with Mango Salsa is one of our absolute, absolute, absolute favorites.  Hmmmm ... we like it so much, maybe it deserves about 50 absolutes.  But I'll stop at three.  You get the point.

I had been making the pork tenderloin part of this dish for years ... when my Mom came up with the brilliant idea of pairing it with Mango Salsa.  Brilliant, I say.  Genius!  It's such a wonderful combination.

To get the sweet-&-spicy flavor combination, the pork tenderloin is marinated in a mixture of brown sugar, tomato paste, cumin, and chili powder.  This forms a fabulously tasty crust on the pork once it baked.  Just take a look at that flavorful crust ...

When it comes out of the oven, let it rest for 10 minutes (or a few more) before slicing to allow the juices to distribute throughout the meat (THIS IS IMPORTANT!).  This ensures moist morsels of meat, rather than the tenderloin juices just leaching out all over your cutting board when you slice it.  You don't want that.  You want juicy tenderness.

Place the tenderloin slices on a platter and spoon mango salsa on top ... and serve up delicious melt-in-your mouth sweet-and-spicy goodness.  It's so good, you might want to make a double batch!  I'm just sayin'.

Thanks, Mom, for taking a family favorite and making it even better!

Sweet-&-Spicy Pork Tenderloin with Mango Salsa
Source:  Adapted from Cooking Light magazine
(Printable recipe)
Sweet-&-Spicy Pork Tenderloin:
1/4 c. packed brown sugar
2 T. apple cider vinegar
1 T. tomato paste
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 1/2 tsp. chili powder
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
1 (1 lb.) pork tenderloin

Mango Salsa:
3 c. cubed peeled ripe mango (about 2-3 mangoes)
1 c. chopped green onions
1/2 c. chopped fresh cilantro
3 T. finely chopped seeded jalapeno
1 tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/3 c. fresh lime juice

Prepare the Mango Salsa:
1.  Combine all mango salsa ingredients in a bowl and toss well.  Cover and chill for about 30 minutes before serving.

Prepare the Pork Tenderloin:
2.  Combine brown sugar, cider vinegar, tomato paste, cumin, chili powder, and black pepper in a shallow dish; mix well.  Add pork and turn to coat all sides.  Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

3.  Line a broiler pan or baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray.  Place pork on the prepared pan and brush with some of the marinade left in the dish.  Bake at 450 degrees for 20-35 minutes until the meat registers 160 degrees on a meat thermometer.  (If you prefer your pork tenderloin slightly pink, bake until it registers 155 degrees.)

4.  Remove the pork tenderloin from the oven and let rest for 10 minutes before slicing.  Slice to the thickness of your liking, place on a platter, and spoon mango salsa on top.



  1. Brilliant/Genius...thanks T...if only you had thought that as a teenager :) Yes, everyone it is a great combination but I stole the tenderloin recipe from her...they make a good team and so do we!

  2. This looks SO yummy! I love pork with all kinds of salsas so I will need to give this a try.

  3. Stopping by from Nifty Thrifty! I'm always looking for new recipes for pork tenderloin. We are so tired of the same old, this sounds and looks so very good! I'd be tickled if you'd shared this over at Sunday's Best tonight!

  4. Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  5. Very tasty I'm sure, and a very pretty dish too:@)

  6. Love your recipe for pork tenderloin and mango salsa! It looks very delicious! Especially the salsa, it's very fresh and colourful!

    Stopping by your blog from On the Menu Monday (I posted #55 Pizza Sauce).

    Pinned and Tweeted!

    Amber @ The Cook's Sister

  7. Great recipe! I made both and they were amazing!

    1. Oh, I'm so glad you enjoyed them! Thanks so much for popping back by and letting me know.

  8. Tiene que estar DELICIOSO! I love your recipe!

  9. This looks really good! Can the pork be cooked on the grill?


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