Today we are specifically discussing leftover pork tenderloin recipes.
There seem to be two camps when it comes to leftovers…
…Love them or despise them.
Well, no matter how meticulous your meal planning is, inevitably there comes a time when all the food is not eaten at the meal or event and that means only one thing: leftovers.
Some folks are more than happy to meal prep the following day’s lunch from the leftovers.
(Check out our easy leftover pork tenderloin stir fried rice below!)
Some prefer to use a brand new recipe with the leftovers because they do not like having the same meal two days in a row.
These are the folks who will be going through this post with a fine-tooth comb to discover what to do with leftover pork tenderloin.
Beautifully lean and tender, pork tenderloin makes a second-day meal almost as good as when it first came out of the oven.
Saving money by reusing protein always seems like a wise move financially, so finding outstanding pork tenderloin leftover recipes will help keep things exciting and tasty for both the taste buds and the tummy!
Salads, sandwiches, wraps, pasta dishes, soups, and casseroles top the list of what to do with leftover pork loin.
But there are plenty of completely new leftover pork tenderloin ideas to explore as well like stir-frys or tacos!
I tried very hard to find leftover pork tenderloin recipes that specifically stated “tenderloin” but I appreciate any grace that can be shared should I have accepted the ingredient of “pulled pork” to mean that leftover pork tenderloin would work just fine in the recipe as well.
From Leftover Pork Chili to Posole to Spicy Noodle & Pork Bake, maybe you’ll find your new favorite!
It is my hope that this list inspires you to try one and see for yourself just how tasty leftover pork tenderloin can be the next day.
Some recipes can be easily adapted to use fresh or leftover pork tenderloin.
It all depends on if the leftover pork tenderloin recipes allow for the pork to be used as is or if it needs particular seasonings added during the cooking phase.
Here it clearly states this recipe can go either way and I totally appreciate that!
The veggies and sauce are prepared and after simmering, the leftover pork is added as it needs just enough time to be properly warmed up and coated with the sauce before serving.
This will fill that Chinese craving for sure!
Leftover pork tenderloin recipes can cover a lot of territory and cuisines, but today we are diving into a savory and satisfying bowl of chili!
It mentions leftover pork roast, but pork tenderloin works equally as well.
Fair warning, this chili turns out super thick more like a stew so if you are partial to that, proceed with gusto!
The amount of pork added is left open, so tailor the recipe to the amount of pork you have on hand.
It is simmered with tomatoes, corn, black beans, and chili powder for as little or as long as you like!
Serve with a favorite bread, crackers or salad.
When you need to figure out what to do with leftover pork loin, these fajita bowls are a fantastic choice!
It starts with cooking up some riced cauliflower.
Next saute red, yellow and orange peppers and an onion.
Then, warm the pork with oil and seasonings of garlic powder, cumin, and red pepper flakes.
Lastly, the assembly can begin with layers of cauliflower, peppers and meat.
The dressing is made of lime juice, avocado oil, garlic, and cilantro and completes the bowl perfectly!
Posole is a traditional soup or stew from Mexican cuisine and is a fantastic answer for what to do with leftover pork tenderloin!
This hearty yet lovely soup has lots of flexibility but the recipe includes hominy, pinto beans, diced green chilis, though other ingredients could be used.
Sauteed onions, garlic and cumin begin the process with chicken stock, pork, hominy, beans and chilis added for simmering.
Salsa verde certainly makes it pop.
Each bowl can be garnished with radishes, green onions, avocado, cheese, or cilantro.
Warms to the core!
Fried rice is one of the best leftover pork tenderloin ideas!
A whole new meal in a bowl!
Before beginning, there are things to prepare like dicing carrots and celery, cutting the pork into cubes, mincing the garlic, scrambling two eggs, making rice, and chopping green onions.
Excellent instructions explain the best combination of all these yummy ingredients.
Once all is combined and warmed, soy sauce and splash of apple cider vinegar are added.
When serving garnish with green onions!
Who can resist a savory bowl of pork fried rice?
Anytime pasta enters the picture, pork tenderloin leftover recipes gain several points in popularity!
This one is particularly kid friendly since the combo of cheese and noodles is always a winning match!
Here egg noodles are prepared with half the cooking time on the package.
The mixture of cream of chicken soup, Mexicorn, shredded cheddar cheese, and bite size piece of leftover pork tenderloin are combined.
Noodles are added last with the whole mixture going into a casserole dish for baking!
Stir halfway through and serve when bubbly warm!
Pasta for the win!
This recipe that can use leftover pork tenderloin can also use fresh tenderloin as well.
Basically it just means you can skip the first step on the list of instructions since the leftover tenderloin is obviously already cooked!
Instead, focus goes straight to making the sauce out of BBQ sauce, sriracha, Korean red hot chili paste (carefully!), soy sauce, ginger, and lemon juice.
This sauce is cooked till bubbly with the pork being added in afterwards.
Stir well and simmer a bit.
These can be served over rice, mashed potatoes, on a salad or in a bun!
Gotta love a post with a two-for-one bang for your buck when it comes to leftover pork tenderloin recipes!
I chose this one because it combined and beautifully presented two excellent recipes, with pictures, of possibly the most common uses of leftover pork tenderloin, in a sandwich and on a salad.
But there is absolutely NO reason for these ideas to be plain or boring!
In addition to the pork, the sandwich includes pickle slices, provolone cheese, arugula and marinated red onions with a chimichurri mayo (recipe included)!
The salad includes pork, romaine, marinated red onions, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers and avocados with a different yet very tasty dressing.
Both are flavorful and enjoyable choices!
This recipe invites you to use whatever leftovers you have on hand, and that certainly includes what to do with leftover pork loin!
In my home often the vehicle of choice to transport food into the mouth is a tortilla and not bread.
They can be soft or crispy, folded or wrapped, which makes them fun!
The numerous ways they can be filled is equally creative!
The staple is always cheese, of any variety!
Here sauteed onions and mushrooms accompany the slices of pork inside the quesadilla being warmed on the stove for a satisfying crunch!
Considering what to do with leftover pork tenderloin?
This stir fry is a fantastic option.
What I love about this recipe is how simple it is.
No separate bowls.
Just stir fry and serve!
You’ve got this!
Dice up the leftover pork, onion, bell pepper and garlic.
Cut the green onion and broccoli.
Stir fry the pork and add Hoisin sauce (the kind that fits your eating plan).
Next up is the onion, peppers and garlic.
Then the pork is returned and broccoli added.
Serve alone, on rice or in lettuce wraps!
Soup makes for wonderful leftover pork tenderloin ideas!
Here we have a pork and potato soup that can include any leftover pork.
Saute onions, celery and carrots eventually adding in the mushrooms and garlic.
Next come the diced potatoes and chicken stock and simmer until potatoes are soft.
Last add in the leftover pork, kale, and seasonings of onion flakes, Italian seasoning, salt, sage, thyme, and pepper.
When the pork is warmed it is ready to be served.
Lots of personalization here where you can use what is on hand for the veggies, seasonings and even meat.
Tex-Mex pork tenderloin leftover recipes are fantastic and delicious!
I love how easy this skillet is to assemble, cook and serve.
No oven to warm up or meat to be cooked.
It starts with twelve corn tortillas cut into bite size pieces being warmed with the diced or pulled pork while stirring in a large skillet.
Then diced tomatoes with chiles, enchilada sauce and tomato sauce are added, gently stirred together and warmed until bubbly.
Shredded cheddar cheese is melted on top with cilantro added when serving!
Delightfully easy and delicious!
Occasionally leftover pork tenderloin recipes are time or step intensive.
This one is not.
In fact, it is precisely the exact opposite!
This is what I call a down and dirty recipe.
Just quick and satisfying!
This Shepherd’s Pie starts with applying a cooking spray to a pie plate.
Then simply layer in leftover pork tenderloin and green beans, season with salt and pepper, pour on gravy and top with instant mashed potatoes.
Bake and top with sharp cheddar cheese.
You could change any ingredients or follow it as is!
Add a fruit salad and it is a perfect weeknight meal!
We can’t leave breakfast out, so your leftover pork tenderloin will come in handy for this meal of the day as well.
The recipe calls for pulled pork but whether your tenderloin “pulls” or simply is diced, it will be the perfect flavor profile!
This breakfast hash includes diced sweet potatoes cooked in a skillet, with red onions and pork combined and stirred till heated.
Making four holes in the mixture, add an egg in each one before transfering the skillet to the oven to finish cooking.
Garnish as you see fit and enjoy the day!
To end this list of leftover pork tenderloin ideas, I present tacos!
Flour tortillas can single handedly rescue or rebrand a meal!
Here is a wonderful way to create a taco bar of sorts to use up leftover pork tenderloin.
In separate bowls prepare chopped red onions, chopped tomatoes, chopped cilantro, guacamole, slasa, and a mixture of greek yogurt and taco seasoning!
Warm the pork on low heat with a bit of water to keep it from drying out.
With tortillas in hand, assemble tacos to taste using any or all the ingredients!
I am partial to a little bit of cabbage strips and shredded cheese as well.
The bottom line
Clearly, leftover pork tenderloin recipes breathe creativity into second meals.
The work was already put in when the tenderloin was cooked, so I hope this list helped equip you with some ideas for what to do with leftover pork tenderloin, other than take up room in your fridge!
- 3 T toasted sesame oil
- 3 garlic cloves, 2 T of minced garlic or 2 T of garlic powder
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1 celery stalk, washed and chopped small
- 1 carrot, washed and chopped small (optional)
- 2 or 3 large eggs
- 4 T honey
- 1/4 c soy sauce
- 2 1/2 c white rice, cooked
- ½ c to 2 c of diced, cooked leftover pork tenderloin
- Green onion, chopped (optional)
- Put oil in a large saute pan and heat over medium-high heat.
- Add celery, onions, garlic. Saute for about 2 minutes or until they start to soften.
- Add eggs to hot pan and lightly scramble with silicone spatula. Allow them to cook undisturbed for two minutes. Chop the cooked eggs with a spatula into small pieces.
- Add the cooked leftover pork, cooked rice, soy sauce, and honey. Mix together gently until the rice is coated.
- Cook and stir everything for 7 to 8 minutes or until the rice turns slightly brown.
- Divide and plate the servings then top with chopped green onions.