GRILL: 20 minutes
Pork tenderloin is often overlooked when it comes to grilling but it’s a fuss-free protein to cook and tends to resist drying out more than chicken breast. Top it off with this flame-licked salsa for a taco night worth remembering.
MAKES 4 SERVINGS.
1 pound pork tenderloin
2 teaspoons canola oil or grapeseed
Salt and pepper, to taste
1/2 cup sour cream or mayonnaise
1 teaspoon grated lime zest
2 teaspoons hot sauce
8 corn tortillas or small gluten-free tortillas, warmed
1 cup cooked or canned black beans, drained and rinsed, for topping
1 ripe avocado, halved, pit removed
1 red bell pepper, sliced into quarters
1/2 small red onion, sliced into 2 wedges
3 (3/4 inch thick) slices pineapple
2 teaspoons canola oil or grapeseed oil
1/4 cup chopped fresh mint
Juice of 1/2 lime
1/4 teaspoon salt
1. Build a medium-hot fire in a charcoal grill or heat a gas grill to medium-high.
2. Brush pork with 2 teaspoons oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill pork, turning a couple times, until an internal temperature of 145°F is reached, about 12 minutes. Set aside to rest 5 minutes and then slice thinly.
3. To make pineapple salsa, brush cut side of avocado, red pepper pieces, onion wedges and pineapple slices with 2 teaspoons oil. Place avocado on grill grate, cut side down, and heat until grill marks appear, about 3 minutes. At the same time, place bell pepper, red onion and pineapple on grill grate and heat, flipping once, until tender and grill marks appear on both sides. Slice avocado into cubes and place in a bowl. When cool enough to handle, chop red pepper, onion and pineapple and add to bowl with avocado. Gently stir in mint, lime juice and salt.
4. In a small bowl, stir together sour cream or mayonnaise, lime zest and hot sauce.
5. To serve, place pork slices on warm tortillas and top with black beans and pineapple salsa. Drizzle on sour cream or mayonnaise mixture.
Each pork taco with pineapple salsa contains 517 calories, 21g total fat, 6g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 88mg cholesterol, 530mg sodium, 52g carbohydrate, 12g fiber, 10g sugars, 33g protein, 22Est GL.
Each tablespoon of pineapple salsa contains 12 calories, 1g total fat, 0g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 14mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate, 0g fiber, 1g sugars, 0g protein, 0Est GL.
Reprinted with permission from Eat Complete: The 21 Nutrients That Fuel Brainpower, Boost Weight Loss, and Transform Your Health by Drew Ramsey. Copyright © 2016 by Drew Ramsey. Published on May 17, 2016, by Harper Wave, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.