Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Southwestern Pesto with Pork Tenderloin and Spanish Rice

When I was in Coronado visiting my aunt and uncle in February, my aunt made us this meal our last night in town.  The meal was fresh and full of flavor and I just had to have the recipes!  My husband isn't a huge fan of pork tenderloin, but I knew he'd love this...  Sure enough, I was right!

2 cups fresh cilantro leaves
1 tablespoon finely chopped jalapeno
1/4 cup toasted pecans
2 cloves garlic, peeled
1/4 cup lime juice
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup canola oil

Spanish rice:
1 teaspoon olive oil
1/2 cup diced red onion
1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
1/2 cup diced green bell pepper
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
3 cups chicken stock
2 cups brown rice
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 teaspoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves, for garnish

2 pounds pork tenderloin

Prepare the pesto by combining all of the ingredients in a food processor and blending well. Set aside until ready to use.

To prepare the Spanish rice, heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Saute the onions, bell peppers, and garlic, and cook for approximately 5 minutes. Add the chicken stock and rice to the pot and stir gently. Bring the liquid to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 30-40 minutes, or until all liquid is absorbed. Season with salt and pepper.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

In a hot oven-proof skillet, sear the pork tenderloin to seal in the juices and finish cooking in the oven for 30 to 45 minutes. When ready, slice against grain of meat and serve.

To plate, place a spoonful of the rice on a plate, top with slices of pork tenderloin, and drizzle some of the pesto on top of the pork. Garnish with cilantro.

Serves 4-6.


  1. What a great recipe....found you at Mrs.Happy Homemaker party...followin' you now.....I'd also like to invite you to link up @ CountryMommaCooks Link and Greet Party....have a great week : )

  2. Wow, this looks fantastic! Thank you so much for linking up with us at Kids in the Kitchen! Can't wait to see what you whip up next week :)

  3. Hi Kate,
    This is an awesome meal, I want to try all the recipes. Sure hope you have a great trip, can't wait to hear about it. Hope you have a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  4. I love pork! You have put together a delicious meal!

  5. I love the idea of pesto on pork for the summer... really makes it lighter especially with the lime. Thanks you for sharing this on foodie friday.

  6. This looks really good. I am always looking for new recipes for pork tenderloin, I will have to try this. Thanks for sharing at Showcase Your Talent Thursday!