Cubana chipotle pork


  • Prep Time15 mins
  • Total Time15 mins
  • Makes2 to 3 servings
*PLUS Cooking time: 4 minutes, Grilling Time: 25 minutes, Marinating Time: 720 minutes


  • 1 cup orange juice

  • 3 garlic cloves, minced, or 2 tsp bottled chopped garlic

  • 1 tsp ground cumin

  • 1 tsp finely chopped chipotle pepper, or Tabasco sauce, preferably chipotle-flavoured

  • 1 pork tenderloin

  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise

  • 2 tbsp coarsely chopped coriander


  • In a small bowl, stir orange juice with garlic, cumin and chipotle. Pour into a large plastic bag. Using a fork, poke holes all over pork, then place in plastic bag. Push down into marinade, then squeeze out as much air as possible. Seal with an elastic band as close to pork as you can. Place bag in a bowl. Refrigerate overnight.

  • Oil grill and heat barbecue to medium. Pour marinade into a large saucepan and set over medium-high heat. Boil, stirring often, until sauce has thickened to a glaze, 4 to 6 minutes. Pour into a small bowl and refrigerate until cool.

  • Meanwhile, place tenderloin on grill. Barbecue, covered, turning often, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into thickest part of pork reaches 160F (70C), 25 to 30 minutes. Pork will have a dark crust. Remove from grill. Let stand 5 to 6 minutes before slicing. Stir mayonnaise and coriander into orange juice mixture. Slice pork into thick rounds. Serve with creamy orange sauce drizzled overtop. Great warm, or cover and refrigerate and serve cold the next day. Terrific picnic food.

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories 258, Protein 28.3g, Carbohydrates 12g, Fat 10.4g, Fibre 0.5g, Sodium 210mg.

Thanks to improved breeding and feeding practices, today's pork is slim and trim. It's also low in cholesterol and has the Health Check nod of approval from the Heart and Stroke Foundation. And it tastes great - especially with our tangy orange-garlic marinade. Double the recipe if feeding a crowd.


What are they? Chipotles are dried, smoked jalapeño peppers. It's their seeds that make them ultra spicy. The peppers have a seductive, smoky, fiery-sweet taste and often a light hint of chocolatey flavour. Used extensively in Mexican cooking, they liven up soups, stews, chilies and sauces. Some of the best southern rib sauces get their winning character from chipotles.

How to buy You can buy chipotles dried and whole or in cans in a thick adobo sauce in many grocery stores. The adobo sauce is a very spicy tomato sauce that takes on the smoky taste of the chipotles, and it's mighty hot so it's marvellous added to a dish as well as the soft chipotles. Chipotles are also sold puréed in small jars in the same section where you'll find the bottled garlic, and you can buy chipotle-flavoured Tabasco sauce. When substituting one for the other in a recipe, begin by adding the same amount, then taste and add more if needed.