Roast Pork Loin Southwest Style
Your family will shout 'olé!' when they taste this Southwestern roast. Enjoy with seasoned corn on the cob and baked sweet potatoes.
1 (4-pound) boneless pork loin roast
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 medium tomatoes, seeded and chopped (about 2 cups)
1 medium onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 tomatillo, peeled, chopped (about 1/3 cup; optional)
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 jalapeño pepper, chopped, seeded (optional)
1 (4-ounce) diced green chiles, drained
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
- Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add tomatoes, onion, cilantro, tomatillos, garlic, jalapeño pepper and chiles; cook about 2 minutes or until onion is tender, stirring frequently. Add oregano, cumin, red pepper and coriander; mix well. Refrigerate mixture until thoroughly chilled.
- Preheat oven to 325°F (160°C). Spray shallow baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
- Using sharp knife, cut 8 to 10 slits about 1 inch long and 1 inch deep in top and sides of pork roast. Press heaping teaspoonful of cold vegetable mixture into each slit; spread remaining mixture over top and sides of roast. Place in prepared pan. Roast for about 1 1/2 hours, or until meat thermometer registers 155°F (approximately 65°C).
- Let stand 10 minutes before slicing.
Makes 16 servings.
Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/16 of recipe): Calories 180 calories Protein 26 grams Fat 7 grams Sodium 133 milligrams Cholesterol 66 milligrams.
Recipe and photograph provided courtesy of National Pork Board.