Spicy Pork Tenderloin with Apples and Sweet Potatoes


Jazz up your pork tenderloin with this spicy-sweet combo of apples, cider, sweet potatoes, and as much or as little heat as your palate requires! This easy oven-baked pork tenderloin and sweet potato dish needs only one other pot to reduce the sauce on top of the stove. It is large enough for a crowd or leftovers later in the week. Add a green veggie or a salad and some crusty dinner bread, and you are good to go!

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
55 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 25 mins


  • cooking spray

  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger

  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon chipotle chili powder, or to taste

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 2 (1 1/2 pound) pork tenderloins

  • 4 apples, peeled and cut into 8 pieces each

  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces

  • 4 tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces

  • 1 ½ cups apple cider

  • 1 lime, juiced

  • ½ teaspoon granulated garlic

  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger

  • teaspoon chipotle chile powder

  • teaspoon garam masala

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • aluminum foil


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Spray a 9x13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.

  2. Mix together 1 tablespoon ginger, brown sugar, 1 teaspoon chili powder, salt, and pepper in a bowl to create a rub. Rub combined seasonings all over pork tenderloins, using entire amount.

  3. Place apples and sweet potatoes in the bottom of the prepared dish; dot with butter.

  4. Mix together apple cider, lime juice, garlic, 1/2 teaspoon ginger, 1/8 teaspoon chili powder, garam masala, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Pour over apples and sweet potatoes; place tenderloins on top.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes. Spoon cooking liquid over apples and sweet potatoes, turn tenderloins over, and continue baking until pork is slightly pink at the center, about 20 minutes longer. A meat thermometer inserted into the center of the thickest tenderloin should read 145 degrees F (63 degrees C).

  6. Remove apples and sweet potatoes to a serving platter using a slotted spoon. Place tenderloins on top and cover with aluminum foil.

  7. Pour cooking liquid from the baking dish into a 1-quart saucepan. Heat over medium-high heat until liquid comes to a boil. Boil, stirring occasionally, until mixture is reduced by half, 10 to 15 minutes.

  8. Drizzle sauce over pork, apples, and sweet potatoes. Slice tenderloins and serve.

Cook's Note:

If you like, you may wrap each tenderloin in plastic wrap after seasoning it with the rub and refrigerate for up to 24 hours.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

212 Calories
6g Fat
20g Carbs
19g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 212
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 3g 17%
Cholesterol 59mg 20%
Sodium 117mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 19g
Vitamin C 5mg 24%
Calcium 23mg 2%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 479mg 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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