Tropical Sweet and Spicy Pork Tenderloin Recipe
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Tropical Sweet and Spicy Pork Tenderloin Recipe

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When we crave something sweet and spicy, pork tenderloin cooked with chipotle, barbecue sauce and pineapple really delivers. —Cynthia Gerken, Naples, Florida
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1 pork tenderloin (1 pound), cut into 1-in. cubes
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 can (20 ounces) pineapple tidbits, drained
  • 1 cup honey barbecue sauce
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 finely chopped chipotle peppers plus 2 teaspoons adobo sauce
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • Hot cooked rice

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cups: 539 calories, 11g fat (2g saturated fat), 64mg cholesterol, 1374mg sodium, 82g carbohydrate (72g sugars, 2g fiber), 25g protein.


  1. Sprinkle pork with salt and pepper. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add pork; cook until browned, 4-6 minutes. Remove.
  2. In same skillet, cook onion and pepper until softened, 2-4 minutes. Add garlic; cook 1 minute. Return pork to pan; stir in chicken stock. Cook, covered, until pork is tender, about 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in next five ingredients; simmer, uncovered, until sauce is thickened, about 5 minutes. Serve with rice. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Tropical Sweet and Spicy Pork Tenderloin in Taste of Home September/October 2016, p84

Light-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.

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Remenec User ID: 6059530 254321
Reviewed Sep. 19, 2016

"Made this for supper the other night and our whole family loved it! I did make a few changes, although I'm sure the original recipe is fantastic! I only used 1/2 of the pineapple tidbits and omitted the chipotle pepper. I cooked the pork cubes, along with the sauce, in the oven in a covered casserole dish for 1 and 1/2 hours at 300 degrees. After baking, I added the white rice. This method is longer, but the meat was very tender and flavorful. Excellent recipe!"

carybouska User ID: 3178572 254188
Reviewed Sep. 16, 2016

"We tried this last night and WOW. We have found a new favorite."

PageRD User ID: 5881442 253318
Reviewed Aug. 28, 2016

"This recipe was easy and tasty. I thought the chipotle overwhelmed the dish so I would probably leave it out next time. The pineapple adds a nice touch to offset the spice of the chipotle."

jstowellsupermom User ID: 7101358 253167
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2016

"New favorite recipe!! This was so good! Perfect balance of sweet & spicy! The whole family loved it!!"

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