Pork Tenderloin Diablo

ackground and History

Pork Tenderloin Diablo is a flavorful and spicy dish that brings together the tenderness of pork tenderloin with the boldness of a Diablo sauce. “Diablo” means “devil” in Spanish and Italian, reflecting the spicy kick of the sauce typically used in this recipe. The dish likely has its roots in European cuisine, where spicy sauces are used to enhance meats. Over time, it has become popular in various culinary traditions, including American and Latin American kitchens.

Serves: 4

Time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 30 minutes


  • 1 lb (450g) pork tenderloin
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1-2 teaspoons hot sauce (adjust to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream (optional for a milder sauce)
  • Fresh parsley, chopped (for garnish)


Prepare the Pork

  • Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).
  • Trim any excess fat from the pork tenderloin and pat it dry with paper towels.

Sear the Pork

  • Heat olive oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add the pork tenderloin and sear it on all sides until browned, about 2-3 minutes per side.
  • Remove the pork from the skillet and set it aside.

Cook the Aromatics

  • In the same skillet, add the chopped onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the minced garlic and cook for another 1 minute until fragrant.

Prepare the Diablo Sauce

  • Stir in the tomato sauce, chicken broth, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, paprika, black pepper, and salt.
  • Bring the mixture to a simmer and let it cook for 5 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.

Combine and Bake

  • Return the seared pork tenderloin to the skillet, spooning some of the sauce over the top.
  • Transfer the skillet to the preheated oven and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the internal temperature of the pork reaches 145°F (63°C).

Finish the Sauce (Optional)

  • If using, stir the heavy cream into the sauce for a milder flavor and creamier texture.
  • Let the pork rest for 5 minutes before slicing.


  • Slice the pork tenderloin and serve it with the Diablo sauce spooned over the top.
  • Garnish with chopped fresh parsley.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

  • Calories: 320
  • Protein: 30g
  • Carbohydrates: 8g
  • Fat: 18g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Sugar: 5g
  • Sodium: 780mg


  • Spice Level: Adjust the amount of hot sauce to control the spiciness of the Diablo sauce. Start with less and add more to taste.
  • Serving Suggestions: Pair the Pork Tenderloin Diablo with rice, mashed potatoes, or a fresh green salad for a balanced meal.
  • Make Ahead: The Diablo sauce can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat before adding to the pork.

Allergy Warning

  • Dijon Mustard: May contain sulfites. Check the label if you have a sulfite allergy.
  • Worcestershire Sauce: Often contains anchovies (fish). Look for a vegan or fish-free version if you have a fish allergy.
  • Heavy Cream: Contains dairy. Use a dairy-free cream alternative if needed.
  • Cross-Contamination: Be cautious of cross-contamination if preparing for someone with food allergies. Ensure all utensils and cooking surfaces are clean.

What is pork tenderloin used for?

Pork tenderloin is used for a variety of dishes due to its tender and lean nature. It can be roasted, grilled, seared, or used in stir-fries and other quick-cooking methods.

What’s good with pork tenderloin?

Pork tenderloin pairs well with a variety of sides such as roasted vegetables, mashed potatoes, rice, salads, and sauces like apple, mustard, or garlic butter.

Where does the pork tenderloin come from?

Pork tenderloin comes from the muscle that runs along the backbone of the pig, specifically the loin, which is one of the most tender parts of the animal.

What temperature for pork tenderloin?

Pork tenderloin should be cooked to an internal temperature of 145°F (63°C) followed by a 3-minute rest time to ensure it is juicy and safe to eat.

Is pork tenderloin healthy?

Yes, pork tenderloin is healthy as it is a lean cut of meat, low in fat, and high in protein. It also provides essential nutrients like B vitamins, zinc, and selenium.

How long should pork tenderloin rest?

Pork tenderloin should rest for at least 3-5 minutes after cooking. This allows the juices to redistribute throughout the meat, ensuring it stays moist and flavorful.

How long is pork tenderloin good?

Uncooked pork tenderloin is good in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. Once cooked, it can be stored in the refrigerator for 3-4 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

How do you calculate cooking time for pork loin?

The general rule for cooking pork loin is to bake it at 350°F (175°C) for 25 minutes per pound, or until it reaches the desired internal temperature of 145°F (63°C).

How do you keep pork tenderloin warm?

To keep pork tenderloin warm, cover it loosely with aluminum foil and let it rest. This will retain the heat while the juices settle.

How do you store pork tenderloin?

Store raw pork tenderloin in its original packaging in the refrigerator and cook it within 2-3 days. For longer storage, freeze it in a freezer-safe bag or container for up to 3 months. Cooked pork tenderloin should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

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