Spicy Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Corn & Tomato Salad

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I love using pork tenderloin, it really is a no fail meat.  This rub is nice and spicy with Cocoa and espresso powders, great for a nice thick steak as well.

I am pairing this with a Roasted Corn and Tomato Salad…hope you will try it!

Chef Amy’s Spicy Pork Rub

1 tbsp. chipotle chili powder
½ tsp. cumin
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 tsp. espresso powder
2 tbsp. cocoa powder
2 tsp. kosher salt

In a small container mix all together well, this will be enough for 4-6 pork tenderloins.  You can rub as must or as little as you want.

Pork tenderloin, fat and silver skin removed, rub spice blend all over pork, grill over medium heat, turning as needed until internal temperature registers 145 with a meat thermometer. 

Remove from heat, tent with foil and let rest for at least 10 minutes, then slice and serve with Roasted Corn and tomato salad.

Keep remaining rub in an air tight container.

Roasted Corn and Tomato Salad

3-4 ears of corn, grilled, kernels cut off (about 3 cups)
1 container of grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
1 cup queso fresco cheese, crumbled
2 tbsp. cilantro, chopped
1 tbsp. lime juice
zest of 1 lime
2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
salt  and pepper to taste

If you don’t want to grill your corn, then just cut kernels off the cobs and in a large skillet over medium heat add 1 tbsp. oil, add corn and cook until soft, 3-5 minutes.  Cool corn slightly.

Whisk together lime juice, zest, vinegar and oil in a small bowl..
In a large bowl add tomatoes, corn, cheese and cilantro, toss with vinaigrette then season with salt and pepper.  Serve with Pork

Tortilla Soup

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This tortilla soup was a big hit, it doesn’t have a little kick from the ancho powder, you can cut back on that a little.  Great for a party with some Mexican Beer or Margaritas!!!  Enjoy!!

6 – 6 inch corn tortillas, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 large onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, chopped
2 bay leaves
2 tbsp. ancho powder
1 tbsp. cumin
6 cups chicken stock
1 can diced tomatoes with green chilies
1 can diced green chilies
1 ½ cup corn, fresh cut off the cob, frozen or can
½ cup cilantro, chopped
1 rotisserie chicken, skin and bones discarded, meat shredded or chopped
In a large stock pot add 3 tbsp. oil over medium heat, add tortilla pieces and cook, stirring, until browned, 2-3 minutes.  Add 1 tbsp. oil more then add onion, garlic, ancho powder, cumin and cilantro.  Cook, stirring until spices are fragrant and onion is softened about 7-8 minutes.  Add stock, tomatoes, green chilies, corn and bay leaves, bring to a boil, add chicken and lower to a simmer until ready to serve. Season with salt and pepper.

You can garnish the soup with tortilla chips, red onion, queso fresco, jalapenos, avocados and sour cream.

Beef Carnitas

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This recipe is my easy way of making beef carnitas in the crock pot.  It really is easy and something different that you can have cooking as you are going about your busy day.  You can also serve these at a party on a buffet, have different toppings that your guest can choose.  I made mini flour tortillas to serve, by using a 3.5-4 inch round cookie cutter, you can get 4-5 rounds out of a large tortilla round.

Hope you enjoy!!!

3-4 lb. chuck roast
1 large onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, chopped
 2 chipotle peppers, chopped
1 cup beef broth
2 can green chilies
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. salt

In crock pot add half the onions to the bottom, then place roast on top, then rest of the onions.  In a bowl add all the rest of the ingredients and mix together, then pour on top of roast, cook on low for 6-7 hours.

Remove roast, shred and set aside. Add to blender or food processor, all the good bits left in the pot (onions & chilies, leaving the liquid. Add only about ½ -1 cup as needed to make a thick sauce, add 1 tbsp. adobo sauce or 1 chipotle chopped if want more heat, blend again to mix. Pour over top of the beef and mix together.  Serve with warm tortillas, pico de gallo, queso fresco cheese, sour cream, cheddar cheese, diced jalapeno etc., really what ever you want.