Chili Spiced Sheet Pan Pork Tenderloin, Apples and Brussels Sprouts

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This chili spiced sheet pan pork tenderloin, apples and brussels sprouts would be a guest worthy, easy meal.

All the work is done in advance and the clean up is a breeze. A chili rub on the pork and brussels sprouts pairs well with sweet cinnamon baked apples. I used honey crisp apples, which are tart and sweet.

Yes, I’m currently obsessed with one pan meals. Thank you for noticing. ☺️ They are sooooo easy. Try one.

I need easy meals because I’m busy packing to move home to Mexico, scheduling last minute appointments, forwarding my mail, getting Biscuit’s pet passport and doing a zillion tasks that have to be done when you are leaving the U.S. for 8 months.

International pet passport template for your vet. Mexico now requires proof of treatment for external and internal parasites within 10 days of travel into Mexico, in addition to an up to date rabies vaccine. Here’s a good summary of requirements for pets entering MX.

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Take me to the beach, Mom. Just kidding I hate the beach.

Finding and modifying the ingredients

I have to say that I haven’t seen pork tenderloin at the local grocery stores in Loreto but I’m sure you can special order a tenderloin from the local butcher. Pork chops would work just as well but adjust the cooking time. The apples beg for pork but chicken pieces might be delicious too.

Toss everything on a parchment lined sheet pan and sit back and relax with your guests over a sparkling cranberry mocktail. (A splash of cranberry juice and a squeeze of lime in a glass of Topo Chico or other sparkling water.) Pinot Noir would make a nice pairing with this mildly spicy pork and sweet apples.

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Try this sheet pan pork tenderloin as a festive Christmas or Thanksgiving meal or make it tonight in less than an hour.

Special diets? Enjoy this chili rubbed pork tenderloin apples and Brussels sprouts on any healthy meal plan for omnivores.

It is paleo, whole 30 and weight watchers friendly. A Keto diet would skip the apples or maybe sneak just a few juicy pieces.

Of course vegetarians can make this sheet pan meal of roasted brussel sprouts and cinnamon apples without meat but you may want to add some protein with quinoa or a combination of grains and legumes for a complete protein.

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Chili Rubbed Sheet Pan Pork Tenderloin, Apples and Brussels Sprouts

A simple sheet pan meal with chili rubbed pork and brussels sprouts with cinnamon sweetened apples. Roasted together for an easy weeknight or company meal. Healthy and delicious whole food. Paleo, Weight Watchers and Whole 30 approved. 

Course Main Course
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 1-2 Pound Pork tenderloin
  • 3 Cups Brussels sprouts halved
  • 3 Cup Apple cubed
  • 2 Tablespoons Chili powder Divided
  • 2 Tablespoons Ground Cinnamon
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive oil Divided

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Rub 1 tablespoon of chili powder over pork. Wash and halve Brussels sprouts, toss with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Wash and cube apples and toss with cinnamon and remaining olive oil. Place Brussels sprouts and apples to each side of the tenderloin on a parchment lined sheet pan. 

    Bake in a preheated oven for 25 minutes or until the meat temperature is 160 degrees for medium. Adjust time according to the size of the tenderloin. Let rest 10 minutes before cutting. The Brussels sprouts should be browned and the apples soft and brown. 



Slow Cooker Three Pepper Pulled Pork, Three Meals

Pulled Pork Korean Lettuce Wraps

Easy slow cooker pulled pork with three peppers is so versatile. Make a large batch ahead of time and freeze it for quick meals.  The slow cooker does all the work while you get out of the hot kitchen and play at the beach. I combined Anaheim, jalapeño and sweet bell peppers in this pulled pork; it’s not too hot but just spicy enough to hold up to the all day simmer.

Crockpot Three Pepper Pulled Pork

 

Searing meat before you place it in the slow cooker gives the meat more flavor but you can skip that step if you’re in a hurry. I’ve been known to throw everything in the crockpot without pre-cooking any of the ingredients. Believe me it will be fine. Too hot to stand over the stove? Sear the meat over high heat on your outdoor grill, adding a nice smokey flavor.

 

 

 

 

 

3 Ways to use slow cooker pulled pork

  1. Pulled pork Mexican torta, sandwich – combine meat with traditional or spicy barbecue sauce, serve with pickled jalapeños and shredded cabbage on a bolillo;  a small oval roll of plain white bread, crusty on the outside and with a soft interior found in every Mexican bakery. Here’s a recipe to try.
  2. Pork carnitas tacos, tostadas, tamales, empanadas, chili rellenos; basically any Mexican meal that needs a tasty meat stuffing.  These tostadas were simple to throw together for a quick weeknight meal. Lightly fry corn tortillas in olive oil. Top with pulled pork, finely chopped onion and cilantro, finely chopped cabbage, cotija cheese and salsa verde.
  3. Korean lettuce wraps; pulled pepper pork, wrapped in lettuce and served with kim chi or Korean quick pickles. Recipe.  

[lt_recipe name=”Slow Cooker Three Pepper Pulled Pork” prep_time=”30 MINUTES ” cook_time=”6-8 HOURS ” difficulty=”Easy” summary=”Three pepper pulled pork is simmered all day in a slow cooker and is ready for tacos, lettuce wraps and pulled pork sandwiches. Simple and versatile. Freezes well. ” print=”yes” image=”http://mybajakitchen.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/image-1-300×238.jpg” ingredients=”Pork shoulder, 3-4 pounds ;1/2 teaspoon sea salt;1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper;Salsa verde, homemade or jarred 2 cups;Red wine vinegar, 1/2 cup;Anaheim pepper, 2 ;Jalapeño pepper, 2;Bell pepper, any color, 1 cup chopped ;Onion, 1 large white or yellow, chopped ;;” ]Salt and pepper pork. Sear both sides of the pork in a hot skillet or over a high flame in the outdoor grill about 10 minutes. Should have a uniform charred surface. ;Place meat and all remaining ingredients in a slow cooker. Add water if needed to cover 3/4 of the meat. Cook on high 6-8 hours until meat falls off the bone. This could be simmered all day in a dutch oven or made in an instapot or pressure cooker. Adjust times accordingly. [/lt_recipe]

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Easy Korean Pork Lettuce Wraps, Mexican-Asian Fusion

Pulled Pork Korean Lettuce Wraps

Korean pork lettuce wraps meet the Baja with a salty, sweet, spicy explosion of flavor. You can make everything in advance and serve these as a main meal or in bite sized cocktail nibbles.

Northern Baja, Baja Norte, cuisine has a strong Asian influence. Restaurants in Tijuana and Ensenada are making a name for themselves with Mexican-Asian fusion cuisine.

Lettuce wraps are a low carb, whole food alternative to tortillas. I’ll eat anything in a tortilla, I love tortillas, but sometimes a filling begs for the crispy freshness of an iceberg lettuce cup. Some fillings like Asian inspired meats and meat substitutes, like tofu, just taste better in simple vegetable wraps. Iceberg lettuce is the perfect shape but you can use collard green leaves, romaine and butter lettuces for wraps as well. Continue reading “Easy Korean Pork Lettuce Wraps, Mexican-Asian Fusion”

Homemade Lean Mexican Chorizo

Chorizo seasoning

Lean homemade Mexican chorizo is a delicious, rich addition to any meal. I use it mostly as a seasoning for eggs, soups, or tapas. Mexican chorizo is a soft crumbly sausage which is distinctly different from Spanish chorizo which is a dried, firm sausage popular in Spain.

Unfortunately I never really know what parts of the pig are in a store bought chorizo. I do know that I searched high and low for a packaged chorizo without soy. I’m sensitive to soy so I don’t want it snuck into my food. You can buy chorizo from a butcher and it usually tastes fabulous but I can’t really ask about which parts are included in my broken gringa Español. “Are there snouts and hooves in my meat?” I know, I know, I hate to think about what goes into any sausage, actually.

I am concerned about the amount of saturated fat that I eat and lard is a saturated fat.

Mexican chorizo has added lard and yes lard makes Mexican cuisine, Mexican cuisine but I want to manage the fat in my diet for optimum health so I choose to avoid lard. The ideal solution was to make my own lean chorizo at home. I drew inspiration from Honest Cooking but modified the spices. I left out the warm spices of cinnamon and clove and used ground New Mexico and California chilies. I can be lazy in the U.S. so I bought the ground chilies but I also wanted to double the spices recipe and keep the chili powder in my pantry so I used all dried ingredients. In Baja, the dried whole chilies can be purchased everywhere so I would recommend soaking the dried chilies in hot water for an hour before combining them with the other seasonings. Substitute 4-5 dried chilies for 2 tablespoons of ground chili powders. I used garlic powder but you can substitute fresh garlic, 2 cloves or more.

You can ask the butcher to grind a pork loin or lean looking chops for you if you can’t find ground pork. Pointing with a smile and a few Google translated key words usually works for me.

Helpful español: Try, “Necesito esta carne de cerdo molida por favor.” I need this pork meat ground up, please. Molida is ground meat.  Cerdo is pork.

I purchased this meat grinder to bring to Baja to grind my own pork, beef and chicken.

Chorizo recipes:

Mushroom Chorizo Tapas @Whatsfordinnerdoc.com, my original blog.
Chorizo, chard and potato chowder
Chorizo Crashed Potatoes

[lt_recipe name=”Lean Mexican Chorizo ” servings=”Multiple” prep_time=”3 HOURS” total_time=”3 HOURS TO OVERNIGHT ” difficulty=”Easy ” summary=”Homemade leaner pork chorizo. Lower fat, soy free alternative to store bought Mexican chorizo. Perfect for seasoning tapas, soups, or eggs. Delicious mixed with potatoes or roasted vegetables for tacos. ” print=”yes” image=”http://mybajakitchen.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/image-5-225×300.jpg” ingredients=”16 ounces lean ground pork ;3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar;1 tablespoon cumin seeds;1 tablespoon ground California chili;1 tablespoon New Mexico chili;1 tablespoon Spanish smoked paprika;1 tablespoon garlic powder;1 teaspoon dried Mexican oregano ;1 teaspoon onion powder;1 teaspoon salt;1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper;1 teaspoon dried thyme;1 bay leaf crushed ” ]Combine all spices in a mortar and grind until leaves and cumin seeds are crushed. Combine spice mix, vinegar and ground pork and mix by hand or place in a ziplock bag and gently squish until combined. Store in the refrigerator at least 3 hours to allow the seasonings to mingle. [/lt_recipe]

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