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Tropical Sweet and Spicy Pork Tenderloin

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


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Stir in next 5 ingredients; simmer, uncovered, until sauce is thickened, about 5 minutes. Serve with rice.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/2 cups: 539 calories, 11g fat (2g saturated fat), 64mg cholesterol, 1374mg sodium, 82g carbohydrate (72g sugars, 2g fiber), 25g protein.

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  • Desiree
    Feb 13, 2020

    This is delicious. I live this recipe. It’s my first time using chipotle’s in adobo(you can’t buy them up here, thanks amazon). My husband and kids are enjoying it too, even though they aren’t fans of pineapple in food. It is quite spicy when following the recipe which is perfect for me. The kids are coping with several glasses of milk. Maybe I’ll half the chipotle next time...or maybe not.

  • jstowellsupermom
    Dec 13, 2018

    Absolutely loved this recipe!! Perfect balance of sweet and spicy!

  • slocook805
    Dec 2, 2018

    This was super flavorful. I used pork loin instead of tenderloin, I don't care that much for tenderloin, beef or pork, not enough flavor. The only things I did different was to use a sweet red bell pepper instead of green and saved 1/2 cup of the pineapple juice and added 2 tsp of cornstarch to it and added it at the very end. We like a lot of sauce or gravy on things and it came out perfect for the 2 of us. I think it was the inclusion of the chipotle that put it over the top. I have to confess that there were no leftovers.

  • Danyel
    May 4, 2018

    Huge hit for the whole fam! I upped the chipotle peppers to about 5 and didn't have bell pepper so I used celery. Browned it all and threw in a crock pot on low for about 5 hours. Steamed rice seperately in rice cooker. Very yummy??

  • Remenec
    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
    Sep 16, 2016

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

  • PageRD
    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.