Pork Tenderloin Enchiladas

Pork Tenderloin Enchiladas with Mole Verde

Enchiladas de Lomito de Cerdo con Mole Verde
6 servings
Pati Jinich
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: corn tortillas, Enchilada, jalapeno, mole verde, pati's mexican table, pepitas, pork, pumpkin seeds, serrano chiles, tomatillos
Author:Pati Jinich
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes
Pork Tenderloin Enchiladas with Mole Verde recipe from Pati's Mexican Table Season 5, Episode 4 “Sunday Family Food”


For the Pork Tenderloin:

  • 2 pounds pork tenderloin, either 1 large or 2 smaller tenderloins
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced or pressed
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh sage, or 1 tablespoon dried
  • 1 teaspoon kosher or coarse sea salt, or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil, divided

For the Mole Verde:

  • 1 pound tomatillos, husked, scrubbed and rinsed
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 2 serrano or jalapeño chiles, or to taste
  • 3/4 cup raw hulled pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher or coarse sea salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped white onion
  • 3 romaine lettuce leaves, rinsed, dried and torn into pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups cilantro leaves, and upper part of stems
  • 1 cup parsley leaves, and upper part of stems
  • 2 tablespoons canola or safflower oil
  • 1 1/2 cups meat juices from cooked tenderloin, or substitute chicken broth or water

To Assemble and Serve:

To Prepare

To prepare the tenderloin:
  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Using a sharp knife, make an approximately 1/4-inch deep slit down the length of the tenderloin(s), from one end to the other.
  • In a small bowl, mix the garlic with the sage, salt, pepper and 4 tablespoons of the olive oil. And spread this seasoning paste all over the meat, including inside of the slit.
  • Tie the meat with kitchen twine, or if you have two smaller pork tenderloin pieces, tie them together one on top of the other. To tie, cut a long string of kitchen twine and wrap it around the meat at one end, about 1-inch from the end. Tie a knot leaving two long ends, and with the remaining string, criss-cross over and around the meat down the length of the meat. Wrap around one more time at the other end and tie another knot. (Though no marinating time is necessary, you may cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours in advance.)
  • Heat a large, ovenproof casserole or a deep, 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Once hot, add the tenderloin and brown on all sides, about 6 minutes total.
  • If you used a skillet to brown the meat, transfer it to an ovenproof casserole or baking dish. Add 3 cups of water and place in the oven. Roast for 30 minutes, or until the meat is cooked through and the internal temperature reads 150 to 160 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove from the oven.
  • When cool enough to handle, place the meat on a chopping board and cover with aluminum foil to keep warm. Pour the meat juices into a measuring cup and set aside.
To make the mole verde:
  • Place the tomatillos, garlic and chiles in a medium saucepan, cover with water and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Simmer for 10 to 12 minutes, until the ingredients are completely cooked through and soft, and the color of the tomatillos has changed from light or bright green to olive.
  • Meanwhile, heat a small skillet over medium-low heat. Add the pumpkin seeds and toast, stirring often, until you hear popping sounds, like popcorn, and they begin to brown lightly, about 3 to 4 minutes. Take care not to burn them. Immediately transfer to a bowl or plate and set aside.
  • Drain the tomatillos, garlic and chiles and place in a blender (add only one chile at first). Add the salt and puree until smooth. Then add the toasted pumpkin seeds, onion, lettuce, cilantro and parsley to the blender and puree until completely smooth. Taste and blend in the second chile if desired.
  • Heat the canola or safflower oil in a casserole or heavy soup pot over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the puree and stir well, being careful as this sauce really likes to jump around; use your lid as a shield. Stir in 1 1/2 cups of the meat juices (or broth or water) and bring to a simmer, cover partially and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Stir every 4 to 5 minutes, to prevent the sauce from sticking to the bottom.
  • If the sauce appears to be cooking too fast and sticking, reduce the heat to low and continue to simmer until very thick. It should coat the back of a wooden spoon heavily. Taste and adjust salt. Turn off heat and keep covered.
To assemble the enchiladas:
  • Slice and dice, or coarsely chop, the cooked pork tenderloin. If the meat is cold, you may place it back in the casserole after you dice it with any remaining meat juices and heat through over low heat.
  • Prepare the tortillas for the enchiladas, either heating them on an already heated comal or skillet set over medium heat, or “passing" them through hot oil.
  • If necessary, reheat the mole verde. One by one, dip a tortilla into the mole verde and place on a plate or chopping board. Place about 1/4 cup of diced meat in the middle and roll into a chubby enchilada. Then place it seam side down on a serving platter. Continue with the rest of the tortillas. Pour the remaining mole verde on top. Garnish with the radish pico and serve.

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  1. Great recipe! I love your use of tomatillos.
    I may add a little Oaxaca cheese on top next time. Hard for me to think about Mexican dishes without cheese.

    Love your show and all the great recipes!

  2. I love all of your recipe’s. …I wish I was younger and not handicapped so I could cook more often. …are you going to make a new cookbook in the near future? Love you, your family , your shows and cookbooks. ..I also wish you would make dvd’s of yor shows available. . Thank you for all the great food.

  3. We had this with friends and it was fabulous. We will be making it again. We were wondering why we add the three lettuce leaves to the Mole? What does it do for the recipe? Thanks for sharing your great recipes with us.

  4. I’ve been trying to print a few recipes and getting an error message. Maybe there is a problem with the links on your website? Thanks.

  5. This mole verde is fabulous. I don’t eat meat, so I made the mole , poached shrimp in it, and served it over rice. FABULOUS.

  6. I would like to get your tamales that you made on your show this afternoon . I’m certainly going to make this pork tenderloin enchiladas as well as your chicken enchiladas . And thank you for your carnitas recipe too .

  7. Hola Paty!! Me puse a preparar la receta de las enchiladas y a mi familia les encanto, tenia un poco de duda porque el lomo es una carne un poco seca, pero en esta receta quedo delicisioso!!

  8. Hi Pati! Just saw the show this morning so excited to make these and the gaspacho for my friends dinner tonight! Thank you for the insparation.

  9. Pati quiero agradecerle por esta receta! La acabo de hacer y me encanto! Nomas le heche un poco mas de chile serrano para que estuviera mas picosita la salsa.
    Thank you so much for all your recipes yo y mi niña vemos el show todo el tiempo
    Keep up the great work on showing all the delicious recipes from our country:)

  10. Can you provide me a link to a video showing you tying your meat? I haven’t heard of this exact technique before and it sounds much easier than the way I’m doing it.

  11. Pati,
    I just made your Mole Verde sauce. I will be making chicken enchiladas tomorrow night and since I had no pork in the house, I thought it would be great with chicken… Trying to get a jump on my Sunday dinner while the boys are out of the house; don’t worry, they always help with the prep and cooking tomorrow!! Thank you for sharing your lovely recipes and family with us. You are a joy!

  12. Hi Pati, I made the enchiladas for dinner tonight. Total success. Thank you! I did mess up the amount of juice on the mole but still the enchiladas were very tasty. Now my family want me to make one of your recipes every Sunday 🙂

  13. Ms. Pati today im making this recipe for my daughter and favorite grandson. In the comments below, you said to heat on comal-which i have. if i remember the episode you and your son was helping you by passing them thru oil and then on paper towels which is what ive always done in order for the sauce to adhere better. now im confused as to what method- the pork is browning as i type this– help Also a lot of times im in a quandry as what to serve as side dishes. It would be truly helpful if you would suggest sides. In the episode that showed you and your family sitting down on a Sunday, I had a brief glance of white rice on the plate. What kind of preparation was in it. thank you

    1. Hi Catheleen, You can prep the tortillas either way…heating them on an already heated comal…or “passing” them through hot oil. There are so many great side dishes that would go with these enchiladas…any rice or veggie…pick your favorite!

  14. First, I have to say thank you very much, muchas gracias, merci beaucoup for mentioning heating the tortillas in a hot pan (or comal) before filling and rolling! l have been making enchiladas for years, and never found the most effective method for warming the tortillas. My mother-in-law said dredge them in warm oil, but I didn’t like the oiliness. I saw a street vendor dredging her tortillas in the sauce, but no matter how fast I worked, they got soggy, and the enchiladas stuck together when I scooped them from the dish. I used your hot pan method tonight, and they did not stick, they did not split, and they had the nice lightly chewy texture of a fresh corn tortilla. I am so happy you shared that tip!

    Second, we LOVED the pork. I too served them like tacos, and the sauce with the sage flavor of the pork was wonderful. I had a lot of sauce leftover, so I reheated it with some pan drippings from a baked chicken & some jalapeño pepper sauce and used it to make chicken enchiladas with Monterey Jack cheese. They were a hit! As I made them, I also thought how the parsley flavor would also go well with seafood enchiladas, so I plan to try that next time.

    Sorry for such a long post, but I was excited. Thanks again! We really enjoy your recipes. 🙂

    Leonie in Texas

  15. Fantastic Pati!! Wow!! I will cook my pork loins like this every time. I’ve never browned it before baking and man does it ever make a difference. The sage really makes it! We ate these like Mexican tacos with Monterey Jack cheese topped with the mole sauce and fresh lime juice on each one. Absolutely fantastic!! So glad I tried this recipe. You make it look so easy and I wasn’t sure I could do it, but I did!! It was a huge hit! Thanks for sharing the recipe ?

  16. I notice that you don’t bake your enchiladas after preparing them. Is this a culinary choice on your part, or is it a more traditional method? Could I prep the enchiladas, bake them a bit (maybe with some queso fresco) and then eat? Would it make the enchiladas a little more sturdy, or no? Thanks for your great recipes and whatever help you can offer. I’m excited to try these!

    1. It depends on the enchilada! Some I do bake. The secret to making all enchiladas sturdy is preparing the tortilla by heating them on a comal or pan for about 30 seconds on each side before stuffing =)