Saturday, November 9, 2019

A TexMex Fiesta featuring Texas Tannat #WinePW

I received bottles of wine for sampling purposes.  All writings, opinions and feelings are my own.  I received no monetary compensation for this post.

Pork Tenderloin coated in taco seasoning and roasted to a perfect, juicy, tenderness served with a side of Mango Salsa Rice and paired with a bottle of Texas Tannat Wine.  Life is very, very good.

Howdy Y'all.....the Wine Pairing Weekend group is heading over to Texas this month.  Come on in and join us......

This month's event is being hosted by Michelle of Rockin Red Blog with assistance from Cam of Culinary Adventures with Camilla.

Michelle invited us to join her in exploring the wines of Texas and even arranged for some of us to receive samples of wine.  You can read all about Texas and it's wine industry in her Invitation Post.

I was fortunate to receive two bottles of wine from Bending Branch Winery.  Bending Branch Winery is located near Comfort, Texas.  They offer winery tours and wine tasting.  They also set up at the Pearl Farmers Market, have a tasting room in the Comfort Historic District and have a private lounge for the exclusive use of members of their wine club.

I am anxious to discuss these wine with the other members and find out what wines they tasted and what they thought.  Cam's Preview Post explains this a little bit more.  Bottom line is we are all meeting up at 11 AM ET today to chat on Twitter.  You can join in the fun by following #WinePW.

To be honest, it never even occurred to me that Texas made wines, let alone that they are one of the oldest wine growing regions in the USA having planted vines more than a hundred years before Virginia and California.  (Source:Wikipedia).

The first wine that I opened was a Petite Sirah.  Petite Sirah, also known as Durif grapes, came to be when a cross of Syrah pollen germinated a Peloursin plant.  I paired this wine with a Steak Fajita Chili.  This wine paired nicely with the dinner and was very drinkable on it's own as well.  

The second bottle was a grape with which I was unfamiliar, Tannat.  Tannat grapes originated in Basque, France right near the border of Spain.  It creates wines that are deep, dark and dry.  I had planned on making a special dinner to go with this wine.  

Then, life happened.  It was one of those crazy days where I had been running like a chicken with my head cut off.  I had gone non stop from the minute my feet hit the floor and it was nearly dinnertime when I walked through the door.  I opened my refrigerator and saw a pork tenderloin.  This was good because Pork Tenderloin cooks up quickly and is always delicious.

Frank went into the wine fridge and asked if I would like a glass of wine while I prepared dinner.  He was going through my choices when he mentioned the Tannat.  Inspired I asked him to open the bottle and I went into the cupboard thinking I would season the pork tenderloin with cumin and chili powder.  I spied a jar of taco seasoning and pulled it off the shelf, coated the tenderloin and set it aside for a few minutes while I started the rice.  I went into the refrigerator for some chicken stock to make the rice and spied a container of mango salsa.  Perfect.

Here are the topics the others will be sharing today during chat.  Hope to see you there.

#porktenderloin, #texmex, #rice, #mango,
Entrees, Pork
Yield: 3 servings

Taco Seasoned Pork Tenderloin with Mango Salsa Rice

Taco Seasoned Pork Tenderloin with Mango Salsa Rice

prep time: 5 Mcook time: 25 Mtotal time: 30 M
Pork Tenderloin coated in taco seasoning and roasted to a perfect, juicy, tenderness served with a side of Mango Salsa Rice.


  • 1 pork tenderloin
  • 1 packet taco seasoning mix
  • 1 c. rice
  • 1 T. canola oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 c. chicken stock
  • 1/4 c. mango salsa


How to cook Taco Seasoned Pork Tenderloin with Mango Salsa Rice

  1. Trim all fat and silver skin from the pork tenderloin.  Rub the taco seasoning over it. Place onto a baking sheet and set it aside to come to room temperature.
  2. Place the oil in a saucepan over med heat.  Add the rice and garlic.  Stir and cook until the rice is coated and starting to brown.  Add the chicken stock and salsa.  Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, cover and let cook until stock is absorbed and rice is tender.  Remove from heat and let set for 5 minutes.  Fluff with a fork and serve.
  3. Place the tenderloin in a preheated 425* oven.  Roast for 15-20 minutes, until internal temperature is 145*.  Let rest for 5 minutes before slicing.
  4. Serve with the Mango Rice.
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  1. Your pork tenderloin sounds like a delicious match for the Tannat. What a nice way to end a hectic day - with spiced pork and a glass of Texas wine!

  2. Masterful work rooting around your frig to put together an amazing sounding meal. Wow!

  3. Pork tenderloin with taco spices has me salivating for sure! Curious about the tannat -- those can be quite tannic when 100%. Was it fairly approachable?

    1. It was, I was unable to find much information on the wine itself so I'm not sure if it was a blend or 100%. The website only listed tannat but not the amount. 14% alcohol. I really liked it.

  4. Wondering the same as David above. Dinner looks delicious though, and the fajita chili is also calling my name!

    1. Thanks Nicole. As I told David, not sure if it is a blend but I really loved the wine as did the others who tried it.

  5. Tannat makes such a great alternative to Cab, if it’s not to tannic! Lovely pairing Wendy!

    1. Yes, Cab is my wine of choice and I really liked this bottle.

  6. Great pairing of the pork tenderloin and mango rice with the Tannat!

  7. How resourceful! And the pairing ended up to be a hit. Well done!

  8. Pork tenderloin has saved me too when I am short on time for dinner. Nice pairing!

  9. Great on the go meal idea! It's so easy to identify with those days where you barely have time to breathe and it's nice to have a good meal on the go that pairs well with Texas wine.

  10. Its always important to use up what we have. Like the combination of taco seasoning with the pork and mango rice.


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