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Tequila Sunrise Pork with Orzo

Tequila Sunrise Pork

Tequila Sunrise Pork with Orzo is a simple delicious low-fat, low-calorie dinner that the whole family will love. Don’t worry about the tequila portion of the program, all the alcohol cooks off!
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Additional Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 40 mins
Course Main Course, Pork
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 333 kcal


  • 1 pound pork tenderloin cut into bite-sized pieces (I find the best way to do this is, after removing the silverskin, cut the tenderloin into quarters lengthwise, then cut across into cubes )
  • For the Marinade
  • ½ cup fresh orange juice about 1 large orange
  • ¼ cup tequila I would recommend either a blanco or resposado
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • 2 cloves garlic pressed
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin or more as needed
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves smoosh between your fingers
  • The Rest
  • 1 tablespoon neutral oil such as grapeseed or rice bran
  • ½ cup low-salt or homemade chicken stock
  • 2 cups cooked orzo cook for 2 minutes less than package directions, drain, rinsed under cold water and set-aside
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • Lime wedges as desired


  • Prepare the Marinade: Mix all the marinade ingredients together; place the pork into a zip-top bag, add the marinade, remove as much air as possible, then place in the refrigerator to marinate for about 1 hour, not more than 2.
  • Now for the Rest: Once the meat has marinated, remove the meat and pat it dry; season with salt and pepper. Reserve the marinade. 
  • Heat the oil in a sauté pan over medium heat, when hot, add the pork and cook, stirring until browned on all sides; add the marinade and cook until reduced by ¾. Add the chicken stock; cover and cook over low heat until the pork is tender; about 30 minutes. 
  • While the pork is simmering, cook the orzo in salted boiling water for 2 minutes less than the package directs. Drain and rinse under cold water to stop the cooking process. Set - aside.
  • Once the pork is tender; add the orzo to the skillet. Cook, stirring constantly until the orzo has absorbed all the liquid and is tender; add some water or stock if needed. Stir in the cilantro. Taste and season with additional salt, pepper, cumin or oregano as needed. Serve with lime wedges if desired.


Marinate the pork for at least 1 hour but not more than 2 or the meat will get mushy.


Serving: 1gSodium: 331mgFiber: 1gCholesterol: 74mgCalories: 333kcalPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gFat: 8gProtein: 29gCarbohydrates: 28g
Keyword low-fat pork with pasta, main coruse pasta, pork tenderloin with orange sauce
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