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Cocoa Crusted Pork Tenderloin

Cocoa Crusted Pork Tenderloin
Total Preparation Time: 15 to 30 minutes Number of Servings: 4
Actual Cooking Time:45 minutes Source: Spark People Chef Meg
Food Groups: Meat & Beans
Main Ingredient: Pork
Meal Type: Dinner Entrée, Lunch Entrée
Nutrition Content: Low Sodium

This dish inspired by Costa Rican spices seems exotic, but it uses spices and ingredients you already have around the house: coffee, cocoa and cinnamon. You'll wonder why you've been relegating these flavorings to dessert!


1 tablespoon Cocoa powder, unsweetened
1 teaspoon instant Coffee
1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon, ground
1/2 teaspoon Chili powder
1 tablespoon Canola oil
1 pound (16 ounces) Pork tenderloin, trimmed of surface fat


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Combine the spices in a small mixing bowl.

Trim fat from pork tenderloin and remove the thin silver tendon that may be running down the center of the loin. Rub the tenderloin with the canola oil. Dust the loin with all of the spice mixture.

Heat a cast iron or heavy bottom pan to high heat. Spray with nonstick cooking spray. Place the tenderloin in the pan and sear on all sides. Transfer the pan to the oven and roast for 15 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 150 degrees. Remove the pan from the oven. (Remember the handle will be hot!)

Place the meat on a cutting board and allow to rest for 5 minutes. Slice.

Nutrient Information
Calories: 264
Total Fat: 13 g
Saturated Fat: 3 g
Polyunsaturated Fat: 2 g
Monounsaturated Fat:
Sodium: 63 mg
Carbohydrates: 1 g
Protein: 34 g
Vitamin A:
Vitamin C:
Calcium: 55 mg

Cook's Notes:

Serve with mole sauce.