I think roasted chilies are probably one of my favorite foods. They are so packed full of flavor that leave you wanting more! These particular chilies are not incredibly hot. While they do give off some heat, they don't set your mouth on fire. We have a local grocery store chain that roasts chilies every day. My sister thoughtfully brought me a bag of chilies and I knew exactly what I was going to do with them: make hatch chili sauce and pour it over pork tenderloin. And that is just what I did. I have two words for you: NAILED IT.
Ingredients:2 pounds pork tenderloin (I used one package of tenderloins, they come with two in a pack and I used both)
4-5 roasted hatch chilies
1 box vegetable broth
1 small onion
2 cloves of garlic
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 t onion powder
1/2 t cumin
3 T olive oil
3 T flour
Directions:1. Over medium heat, saute onion in olive oil until translucent. Add garlic and chilies, cook for 1-2 minutes.
2. Sprinkle flour over vegetables and stir. Cook for 2-3 minutes.
3. Slowly add the vegetable broth and let come to a simmer until liquid has thickened. Add seasonings.
4. In a crockpot, place pork tenderloins side by side and sprinkle with sea salt.
5. Pour 1 1/2 cups of chili sauce over tenderloins and cook on low for 6-7 hours.
Serving Suggestion: pork tacos, burritos, enchiladas, quesadillas, burrito bowls, on a hoagie (Mexican pork sandwich)
My sauce didn't thicken like I wanted it to and I haven't stopped to figure out why exactly maybe I didn't have enough fat and flour to liquid ratio, who knows! The pork turned out so incredible juicy and flavorful that I didn't care! We served ours on corn shells with lime, avocado, cilantro and of course sour cream and cheese. The meat is the highlight of this dish so I didn't want to take away from it's flavor by adding salsa. We kept the flavors light and fresh.
You know that moment when you think you ruined a dish because you didn't set the timer on the crockpot? Yeah, that happened. Only I didn't ruin it, it was PERFECT! After I ate 3 tacos I went back for more pork. I'm telling you, it is so addicting.
Can you be addicted to pork? After making this, I think, yes, you can be.
Notice how my avocado is a little bit squished in the photo above? I had a not so helpful but very cute toddler hanging around. If only he would eat the avocado and not squish the avocado!