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Monday's Leftovers: Pork Tenderloin with Ancho Chile Sauce

Monday's Leftovers: Pork Tenderloin with Ancho Chile Sauce

If you're into bold meals, then this recipe won't bore you. The anchos, paprika, cumin, and coriander will bring earthy, spicy flavors into the mix. The coconut milk-based sauce mellows the heat.

If you can't locate anchos, which are dried poblano peppers, you can substitute ancho chile powder (not to be confused with chili powder, which is a mix of different spices). To enjoy this succulent pork,


Pork Tenderloin with Ancho Chile Sauce

Pork Tenderloin with Ancho Chile Sauce

Pork Tenderloin with Ancho Chile Sauce


  1. 3 dried ancho chiles, stemmed and seeded
  2. 1 tablespoon plus 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  3. 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  4. Salt and pepper
  5. 2 1-pound pork tenderloins, trimmed, patted dry, and halved crosswise
  6. 6 tablespoons vegetable oil
  7. 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  8. 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  9. 1/2 cup vegetable broth or water
  10. 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  11. 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander


  1. Preheat the oven to 450°. Soak the ancho chiles in warm water for 5 minutes; drain and set aside.
  2. In a dish, combine 1 tablespoon cumin, the paprika, 1 tablespoon pepper and 2 teaspoons salt. Brush the tenderloins with 3 tablespoons oil and roll in the spice mixture until coated.
  3. In a large ovenproof skillet, heat the remaining 3 tablespoons oil over medium-high heat until hot. Sear the pork, turning with tongs, until browned all over. Transfer the skillet to the oven and roast until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part registers 150°, 10 to 12 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, place the reserved chiles in a blender and add the coconut milk, peanut butter, broth, lime juice, 2 teaspoons salt, the coriander, the remaining 1/2 teaspoon cumin and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Blend until the sauce is smooth.
  5. Remove the skillet from the oven, transfer the pork to a cutting board and let rest for 5 minutes. Slice into 1/2-inch-thick medallions and arrange on a serving platter. Drizzle with the ancho-peanut sauce.

Serves 4.

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Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
I did a tenderloin over the weekend, and it was scrumptious, but I wish I'd had this recipe to try then! NdHebert, I find restaurants generally don't prepare pork well. It's always so overcooked there's hardly a drop of moisture in it at all :(
NdHebert NdHebert 8 years
I have never liked pork tenderloin. I have even paid high prices to try it prepared at a great restaurant, and I still dont like it. It always seems to be so dry and tasteless.
bizzybee bizzybee 8 years
CoconutPie CoconutPie 8 years
This sounds so good! :drool:
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