Total Time
20 Mins
4 servings (serving size: 2 medallions)

Pepper jelly and aromatic spices give your average pork tenderloin a bold new flavor. Serve with a spinach salad for a complete meal.

How to Make It

Step 1

Cut pork crosswise into 8 equal pieces. Combine chile powder and next 4 ingredients (through allspice) in a small bowl; rub evenly over both sides of pork. Combine jelly and lime juice; set aside.

Step 2

Heat oil in a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add pork to pan; cook 1 minute on each side. Brush pork with half of jelly mixture; turn and brush with remaining jelly mixture. Cook 1 minute on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Remove pork from pan; let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Chef's Notes

Serve the sweet-spicy pork with a side salad of baby spinach, cilantro leaves, and sliced radish and red onion, dressed with fresh lime juice and olive oil.


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Ratings & Reviews


October 07, 2015
I grilled them on our Traeger.  The only other substitution is 5 spice powder for the allspice because I was out.  Still great.  Will put these on regular rotation.

brognes's Review

March 05, 2015

kukkula's Review

March 04, 2015
Even with an epic ingredient failure, this pork came out great. I thought I had both jalapeno jelly and ancho chile powder...Oops. I subbed regular chili powder and used chipotle honey I had in the pantry. It came out great. Cutting the tenderloin into medallions is my favorite way to prepare. It makes for better tasting pork and more flavorful sauces, so I often adjust tenderloin recipes.

BillNellis's Review

January 27, 2014
Medallions had a pleasant taste but was expecting a little more picante! Just wasn't there. Not worth all of the new spices and the jelly I had to buy. Will fix again but will double up on the chili powder.

smaler's Review

October 14, 2012
To need instrmanual; if it says cut it first and then says rub it on both sides, it means to cut it first and rub the cut sides of the meat.

LPSprague's Review

March 19, 2012

tmerch's Review

January 09, 2012
This dish was simple to prepare and absolutely delicious. We were wary of the pepper jelly, thinking it might end up too spicy, but the finished product was delicious with just a hint of heat. The side salad of radishes, red onions, and spinach with a lemon & olive oil dressing was a perfect accompaniment.

novlhap's Review

December 04, 2011
This was incredibly simple and delicious. Instead of pan frying, we rubbed and grilled the tenderloin whole. We made it with the suggested spinach/radish/onion salad, only we added 1 tsp cumin to the olive oil and lime dressing. We also had it with onion rings. The sweetness was a nice balance. This is definitely going to be a keeper. Quick and dirty and delish!

lukerin's Review

September 21, 2011
This was quick and delicious- we used the recipe with boneles pork chops and grilled the meat....excellent!

Tluvs2cook's Review

September 19, 2011