Dirigo Dish: Marinated Pork Tenderloin with Plantains

Tired of turkey already? Try this fun and funky dish with Cuban flavors from the American Heart Association for something different! Find even more heart healthy recipes at www.heart.org!


Servings:  4

  • 8 clove garlic (peeled)
  • 2 green onions (roughly chopped)
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 cup 100% orange juice (from 1 orange)
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice (from 1 to 2 lemons)
  • 1/4 cup lime juice (from 2 to 3 times)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 1/4 lb lean pork tenderloin
  • 2 ripe plantains, peeled and sliced about 1/2-inch thick
  • 2 Tbsp canola oil (divided)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground Black pepper (divided)


  1. In the bowl of a food processor, add peeled garlic, chopped scallions, cilantro, orange juice, lemon juice, lime juice, cumin, and oregano. Process until all the ingredients are puréed, about 1 minute. Add pork tenderloin into a large Ziploc bowl or a shallow dish along with marinade. Marinate anywhere from 2 to 24 hours.
  2. To cook, preheat the oven to 450 degrees for the plantains and prepare the grill to medium-high heat for the pork tenderloin.
  3. Trim the ends off each plantain; cut a slit down the middle of each peel and use your hands to remove the peel. Cut the plantains into 1/2-inch thick diagonal slices. Add plantain slices into a bowl with 1 1/2 tablespoons oil, ⅛ teaspoon salt, and ⅛ teaspoon pepper. Stir to combine.
  4. Cover 1 large baking sheet or 2 smaller ones with foil and coat with cooking spray. Add plantain slices into one even layer. Bake in the center of the oven for 15 minutes. Carefully remove the baking sheet and use a spatula to flip each plantain over. Cook another 10 to 15 minutes later until plantains are crisp and caramelized on the outer edges; keep an eye on the plantains as they cook to prevent from burning.
  5. Meanwhile, remove the pork tenderloin from the marinade, discarding the marinade and wiping the majority of it off the pork. Season with ⅛ teaspoon salt and ⅛ teaspoon pepper. Brush remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons oil onto the pork and place on the grill. Cook 15 to 20 minutes, turning every few minutes, until the thickest part of the pork reaches an internal temperature of 145 degrees. Transfer to a plate and let rest at least 5 minutes. Slice and serve with the plantains.

    The American Heart Association’s website is a great place for seniors and people of all ages to find delicious heart healthy recipes. Click here for more AHA recipes!

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