Stuffed Pork Tenderloin With Cilantro Lime Pesto

Total Time
1hr 35mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 1 hr 5 mins

Cilantro, also known as coriander, is a signature spice in Mexican cooking. In this recipe it combines with lime to add zing to pork tenderloin, a sensational main dish for an elegant dinner.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. PREHEAT oven to 400°F.
  2. CUT tenderloin lengthwise almost in half.
  3. Open; lay flat between two pieces of waxed paper.
  4. Pound with meat mallet or rolling pin to 1/2-inch thickness.
  5. PLACE garlic, onion, cilantro, lime juice and jalapenos in food processor or blender container; cover.
  6. Process until coarsely chopped.
  7. Process, while slowly adding corn oil, for 10-15 seconds or until mixture is slightly smooth.
  8. Spread half of cilantro mixture over tenderloin; top with cheese.
  9. Roll up; secure with string.
  10. Spread remaining cilantro mixture over top.
  11. Place on rack in roasting pan.
  12. BAKE for 55-60 minutes or until internal temperature of 170 F is reached.
  13. Cool for 5 minutes.
  14. Remove string; slice.
  15. Serve with picante sauce.


Most Helpful

This is one of the best, most flavorful pork recipes that I have ever made. My husband still raves about how good this was.

Sandy Curtis October 13, 2002

Excellent way to stuff a pork tenderloin. The directions were very clear and accurate. Delicious flavour - I used a serrano chile instead of Jalapeno and deglazed the pan with some reduced wine/shallot sauce and poured that on top of the tenderloin before serving.

Jangomango May 18, 2003

Amazing dish. I made it into stuffed pork chops. I cooked them on a pan for approx 15 min. I used cheddar instead of Monterey Jack. This is a keeper for sure.

Deantini December 19, 2008

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