Cuban-Style Mojo Marinated Pork Tenderloin with Black Beans

4.60 from 57 votes
8 hours 40 minutes
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Cuban-Style Mojo Marinated Pork Tenderloin with Black Beans is tropics-inspired with a bright, citrusy flavor.  Best of all, it’s easy enough for a weeknight!

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Are you getting wintered out and wish you could escape to the tropics?  How about a quick culinary escape with this Cuban-Style Mojo Marinated Pork Tenderloin with Black Beans?

With too many expenses right now to escape to the tropics as I would love, this easy Cuban-inspired dinner made us feel like we’re somewhere else instead!

What’s the difference between pork tenderloin and pork loin?

Try not to confuse “pork loin” with “pork tenderloin.”  They are two very different cuts of meat.

  • The tenderloin is a long, narrow, boneless cut that comes from the muscle that runs along the backbone.  Pork tenderloin is most often sold two per package which averages anywhere between two and three pounds per package.
  • The loin is wider and flatter and is sold boneless or bone-in.  Pork chops, whether bone-in or boneless are always cut from the loin.  A full loin can weigh up to five pounds.

When pork tenderloins are on sale, I’ll pick up a couple, then separate, trim and freeze them individually in zipper-top bags.  When I want to prepare one, all I have to do is thaw in the refrigerator, then add marinade ingredients to the pork tenderloin that’s already trimmed up in the bag.  Huge timesaver!

A quick sear and finishing in the oven are all this Cuban-Style Mojo Marinated Pork Tenderloin needs.  If the weather is nice, you can just pop it on the grill!

Photo of sliced Cuban Style Mojo Marinated Pork Tenderloin sliced on wooded cutting board.

While the tenderloin finishes in the oven, prepare this easy side dish of canned black beans, onions, peppers and tomatoes.

Photo of black beans in pot being stirred with wooden spoon.

That’s it!  Cuban-Style Mojo Marinated Pork Tenderloin with Black Beans!  A quick culinary escape to the tropics with an easy weeknight dinner!

Close-up photo of black beans garnished with lime wedges.

Instead of the beans, you could also serve with brown rice or roasted sweet potatoes, too!

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Be sure to try one of my other delicious pork tenderloin dishes:

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Cuban-Style Mojo Marinated Pork Tenderloin with Black Beans

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By: Carol | From A Chef's Kitchen
Cuban Style Mojo Marinated Pork Tenderloin with Black Beans is tropics-inspired with bright, citrusy flavor and it's easy enough for a weeknight!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Additional Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 40 minutes
Course Main Course, Pork
Cuisine Caribbean
Servings 3
Calories 603 kcal

Ingredients
  

Pork Tenderloin

  • 1/4 cup olive oil - plus 2 tablespoons for searing the pork
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 3 cloves garlic - minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried Mexican oregano
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (1-pound) pork tenderloin - trimmed of silverskin

Beans

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion - finely chopped
  • 1 small Poblano pepper - or green or red bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 large plum tomatoes - seeded and chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic - minced
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons dried Mexican oregano
  • 1/2 cup water - or chicken or vegetable broth
  • 2 cans (15-ounce) black beans - drained and rinsed
  • Hot sauce - to taste
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper - to taste
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro - plus sprigs for garnish
  • Lime wedges - for garnish and serving

Instructions
 

Pork Tenderloin

  • Combine 1/4 cup olive oil, orange juice, lime juice, garlic, spices and salt in a zipper-top bag. Add the pork, seal and massage to thoroughly coat the pork. Refrigerate at least 8 hours and up to 24 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a skillet or saute pan over medium-high heat. Remove pork from marinade. Place in the pan and sear well on all sides. Transfer pork to a baking sheet and place in the oven to finish cooking to an internal temperature of at least 145 degrees in the center. Tent to keep warm and rest 5 minutes.

Beans

  • While the pork is roasting, prepare the black beans. Wipe out the pan used to sear the pork.
  • Heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion, reduce heat to medium and cook 5 to 6 minutes, stirring often until onion is softened. Add the poblano or bell pepper and continue to cook 3 to 4 minutes. Add the tomatoes and cook 3 to 4 minutes, then add the garlic, cumin and oregano and cook 15 seconds or until fragrant.
  • Add the water (or broth) and beans and simmer 5 to 6 minutes or until heated through and vegetables are tender. Add hot sauce and salt and black pepper, to taste. Stir in cilantro.
  • TO SERVE: After letting pork rest, slice it against the grain. Serve with black beans, lime wedges and garnished with cilantro.

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Notes

MAKE AHEAD:  The beans can be made 1-2 days ahead of time.  Reheat on the stovetop or in the microwave.
FREEZER-FRIENDLY:  Store the pork tenderloin and beans in an airtight container.  Freezer up to 1-2 months.  Thaw in the refrigerator.  Reheat covered in the oven or toaster oven.
 

Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 603kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 20g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 800mg | Potassium: 349mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 838IU | Vitamin C: 43mg | Calcium: 88mg | Iron: 3mg

These are estimated values generated from a nutritional database using unbranded products. Please do your own research with the products you're using if you have a serious health issue or are following a specific diet.

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19 Comments

    1. Hi, Tevin, Thanks so much for your question. You’ll need to marinate it first, then sear then finish roasting it. Will take about 30 minutes. Thanks again and hope you enjoy!

  1. Absolutely as advertised. I found your recipe while hunting for something tasty to do with a pork tenderloin from Costco. This was easy, lovely to eat and the leftovers the next day were great too. I live in a hot climate so I grow the tropical Cuban Oregano. It has a strong flavor and worked well in your marinade. I will serve this again. Thanks, Jane

    1. Hi, Jane, Thanks so very much and glad you enjoyed! Wow, love that you can grow that oregano; I’ll bet it worked great! Thanks again and really appreciate it!

  2. Moved away from Florida 20 yrs ago……. Didn’t know I was missing this! Soooo many good memories. Will definitely be making this again! Grilled 2 poblanos and a red bell for the beans and a touch of red pepper flakes… we like the spice. Doubled the marinade and meat. Pan seared the meat with half the marinade, roasted at 375 until 145 internal. Rested.
    A great addition was fresh sliced pineapple with coconut oil and key lime juice stirred in……. OVER THE TOP.
    THANKS for taking me home, if only for a few meals!

    1. Hi, Pete, Wow, you really made my day!!! Love the added touches and so happy you enjoyed! Such a great compliment to be able to take someone “home” through food. Thanks again!!

  3. Hi Chef,I just want to say Thank You for this recipe.
    I used it twice: once for pork chops and only a 4 hour marination and a 2 pound pork loin roast in which I marinated for 24 hours and did NOT double the ingredients for the marinade and my roast was extremely tender and full of good honest flavor. Not too much of anything but overall goodness.

  4. 5 stars
    This dinner has made it into our regular rotation! The Mojo marinade is amazing, and adds so much flavor to the pork. I admit that I cheat a bit by just adding a can of Ro-tel to a can of black beans along with some Cuban Island seasoning mix for the side dish. I also make some additional rice on the side to bulk up the plate. This meal can’t be beat!

  5. 5 stars
    This was too easy AND delicious! Even my kids that have a difficult time with meat textures liked it. Super tender, juicy, and flavorful.

  6. 5 stars
    I finally got around to making this last week and it was fantastic, I had made some homemade salsa that I served with it and plain basmati rice with the beans. I just finished up the last two end pieces sliced thinly in my Cuban Sandwich wrap! Another awesome recipe From a Chef’s Kitchen!

  7. 5 stars
    I finally got around to making this last week and it was fantastic, I had made some homemade salsa that I served with it and plain basmati rice with the beans. I just finished up the last two end pieces sliced thinly in my Cuban Sandwich wrap! Another awesome recipe From a Chef’s Kitchen!

  8. 5 stars
    I finally got around to making this last week and it was fantastic, I had made some homemade salsa that I served with it and plain basmati rice with the beans. I just finished up the last two end pieces sliced thinly in my Cuban Sandwich wrap! Another awesome recipe From a Chef’s Kitchen!