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Southwestern Pork Tenderloin

posted by Julie Evink on February 2, 2014

Southwestern Pork Tenderloin ~ Quick and easy pork tenderloin with a kick and only 3 ingredients!

Southwestern Pork Tenderloin ~ Quick and easy pork tenderloin with a kick and only 3 ingredients!

At the beginning of the year the hubs made a big transition with a new job. Gone are the days of co-owning his own carpentry business with his brother and here are the days of working for someone else. The only thing he has ever done is carpentry so he was rather nervous to make the jump but he did it anyways.

Not like he had much of choice. All fall he was in therapy for his knees and had to have them drained due to problems. After a few months of this we decided it was time for a change. I did not want to be pushing him around in a wheel chair at the age of 40. I would have because I love him, but I also am going to try to prevent that!

Southwestern Pork Tenderloin ~ Quick and easy pork tenderloin with a kick and only 3 ingredients!

Along with this new job comes new hours. Set hours. Wow what a change. I miss the flexibility of him being able to have some days off here and there due to weather and different things, but man do I enjoy him being done at 4 pm now! He picks up Miss K at night if he can or if I need him to, he comes home and starts supper if I give him specific instructions on what to do and I’m getting spoiled! It’s so nice to have someone around to distract Miss K at least although she ends up planting herself in the kitchen on the cupboard to “help” me most nights!

I’m definitely enjoying his help around the house at night. This leads me to ask how do you split up the duties between you and your spouse? I’m usually in charge of everything in the house that doesn’t deal with constructing or destructing or fixing and the hubs takes care of those things plus the manly duties like moving snow, mowing, garbage and the dog!

If you are in charge of supper I have an easy recipe for you today! This pork loin has a little kick to it from the taco seasoning and I loved it. Plus it’s only 3 ingredients and super easy for those week nights when you really don’t feel like slaving away in the kitchen or the weekends for that matter!


Southwest Pork Tenderloin

Prep Time 5 minutes Cook Time 35 minutes Serves 8 servings     adjust servings


  • 2 (1 lb) Pork Tenderloins
  • 2 Tbsp canola oil
  • 1 (1.0 oz) envelope taco seasoning mix


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Place canola oil in a small bowl. Place taco seasoning in different bowl. Rub tenderloins with oil and then sprinkle with taco seasoning. Place on a baking rack in a shallow pan.
  3. Bake 45 minutes or until thermometer reads 145 degrees. Remove tenderloin from oven and tent with foil. Let stand for 10 minutes before cutting.


Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 2 pieces
Amount Per ServingAs Served
Calories 178kcal Calories from fat 68
% Daily Value
Total Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Transfat 0g
Cholesterol 74mg25%
Sodium 314mg13%
Carbohydrate 2g1%
Dietary Fiber 0g0%
Sugars 0g
Protein 24g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Total FatLess than65g
Sat FatLess than25g
CholesterolLess than300mg
SodiumLess than2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate300g
Dietary Fiber25g

Recipe from: Taste of Home

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  • Chocolate Shavings

    We divide and conquer, usually! That pork looks really good — love the colour of the crust!

  • Stephanie @ PlainChicken

    So simple, yet looks so delicious! I will definitely be trying this. I love a good pork tenderloin.

  • Candice

    This looks delicious and l love that it only requires 3 ingredients!

    • Julie Evink

      That’s the best when it looks delicious and easy!

  • Nadia

    How thick do I slice the tenderloin?

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