For a spicy twist on a traditional roast, try this Mexican Roasted Pork Loin recipe that is sure to have your family coming back for more! Take this Mexican inspired spice rub to flavor your pork loin, then either roast it as is or in liquid for some delectably tender carnitas-style pulled pork. For a dish so simple to make, Mexican Roasted Pork Loin is full of flavor and ready to spice up your dinner any night of the week.

Collect the following ingredients:

  • 2-3 lbs. Pork Loin
  • 1 lime
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic
  • olive oil
  • meat thermometer
  • Mexican light beer (optional)
  • 1 yellow onion chopped (optional)

The Rub:

  • 2 T brown sugar or coconut sugar
  • 1-2 T ancho chili powder or cayenne chili powder
  • 1 t smoked paprika
  • 2 t cumin
  • 1/2- 1 t cayenne pepper
  • 1 t dried oregano
  • Pinch of Salt and Pepper

The Marinade:

Start by combining the dry rub ingredients in a bowl and stirring so that the seasoning is evening mixed. Take your pork loin and rub all over with olive oil. Take the spice mixture in your hands and massage the rub into the loin until completely covered. Cut a few small slits around the loin to insert the the cloves of garlic. The pork loin is now ready to marinate. Wrap the loin in plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for at least six hours. Remember that the longer the pork loin marinates, the more flavor and spices will be infused into the meat.

Pork Loin Roast Instructions:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. After your pork loin is fully marinated, remove it from the plastic wrap and place it in aluminum foil fat side facing up. Juice the lime and sprinkle the lime juice over the pork loin. Place the aluminum foil with the pork loin into a shallow roasting pan. Depending on how large your pork loin is, you will need to cook it from 70-90 minutes, or until the inside of the roast reaches 150 degrees fahrenheit. Remove the roast from the oven, cover it with the aluminum foil and allow it to rest for about 20 to 30 minutes before cutting. Cut and serve. The resulting roast is a bit crispy on the outside, but juicy and tender on the inside.

Carnitas-style Roast Instructions:

To make a carnitas-style pork roast, you must cook with liquid. In order to make sure the majority of the pork is in contact with the liquid, it is best to cut your loin in half. Place to the two halves on aluminum foil in a shallow roasting pan. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees fahrenheit.

Add 1/3 cup of water or Mexican light beer to the foil, lime juice from one lime and the chopped onion to the foil. Close the foil tightly around the pork loin, creating a pouch with all the ingredients inside. Bake until the inside reaches 150 degrees fahrenheit, roughly 1 hour. Remove the pork loin from the oven and, using two forks, gently shred the loin to pieces. The meat should be tender and tear apart easily. This savory carnitas-style pork loin will melt in your mouth.

How to Serve Mexican Roasted Pork Loin:

The Mexican Roasted Pork Loin slices can be served with a variety of side dishes. Try some black beans and rice for an all around hearty dish. For the carnitas-style Mexican Roasted Pork Loin, warm some flour tortillas and serve the shredded pork as tacos. Avocado, fresh cilantro, pico de gallo and a little oaxaca cheese will make this meal simply unforgettable.

Versatile and delicious no matter how you serve it, Mexican Roasted Pork Loin is a great meal for any occasion. Spice up traditional dinner recipes and serve something that everyone is sure to love. Make dinner the south of the border way, Mexican Roasted Pork Loin makes every meal a fiesta.


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