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Ancho-Honey Pork Tenderloin with Cheese Grits

Ancho-Honey Pork Tenderloin with Cheese Grits

In this recipe, roast pork tenderloin is glazed with honey, lime, soy and ancho chile powder and served on top of cheese grits. Ancho chile powder, made from dried poblano peppers, has a mild heat and adds a rich, subtly smoky flavor. Serve with sauteed kale with slivered garlic.


4 servings, 3 ounces pork & 1/2 cup grits each

Prep Time

30 minutes

Total Time

30 minutes


  • 1/4cup honey
  • 2teaspoons lime juice
  • 2teaspoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1teaspoon ancho chile powder
  • 1/2teaspoon onion powder, divided
  • 1pork tenderloin (1-1 1/4 pounds), trimmed
  • 1/4teaspoon salt
  • 1tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 114-ounce can reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2cup water
  • 1/2cup quick grits
  • 1/4teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 3/4cup shredded extra-sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 2scallions, sliced


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Whisk honey, lime juice, soy sauce, chile powder and 1/4 teaspoon onion powder in a small bowl. Set aside.
  3. Sprinkle pork all over with salt and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon onion powder. Heat oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add the pork and cook until brown on all sides, 4 to 5 minutes.
  4. Transfer the skillet to the oven and roast for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and brush with the reserved honey mixture. Return to the oven and roast until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part registers 145°F, 3 to 5 minutes more. Transfer the pork to a clean cutting board and let rest for 5 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, bring broth and water to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Whisk in grits and pepper. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in cheese. Cover to keep warm.
  6. Slice the pork. Serve the pork with the grits, sprinkled with scallions and drizzled with any remaining glaze from the skillet.


People with celiac disease or gluten-sensitivity should use soy sauces that are labeled "gluten-free," as soy sauce may contain wheat or other gluten-containing sweeteners and flavors.

Nutrition Facts

Per serving (recipe makes 4 servings, 3 ounces pork & 1/2 cup grits each)

Calories 401.8kcal
Carbohydrate Total 37.75g
Total Sugars 17.97g
Added Sugars 17g
Fiber 1.48g
Total Fat 13.64g
Saturated Fat 5.38g
Mono Saturated Fat 5.66g
Cholesterol 0.87mg
Sodium 687.02mg
Protein 32.01g
Potassium 638.81mg
Calcium 169.84mg
Chromium 0.03mcg
Folate 61.98mcg
Iron 2.4mg
Magnesium 48.65mg
Omega-6 1g
Trans Fatty Acid 0g
Vitamin A 540.11IU
Vitamin D 14.16IU
Vitamin B12 0mcg
Vitamin C 2.74mg
Vitamin E 2mg
Zinc 3.3mg
Phosphorus 422.41mg
Vitamin B3 0.23mg

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