Cocoa Crusted Pork Tenderloin

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Cocoa Crusted Pork Tenderloin

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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 4
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 264.0
  • Total Fat: 13.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 89.6 mg
  • Sodium: 66.2 mg
  • Total Carbs: 1.2 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 3.4 g
  • Protein: 33.7 g

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Introduction

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! 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!
Number of Servings: 4

Ingredients

    1 T cocoa powder, unsweetened
    1 t instant coffee
    1/2 t cinnamon, ground
    1/2 t chili powder
    1 T canola oil
    1 lb. (16 oz) pork tenderloin, trimmed of surface fat

Directions

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 145 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. Serve with this mole sauce.

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  • Incredible!
    20 of 20 people found this review helpful
    Made this tonight exactly as recipe is written. Both my husband and I loved it. Easy, quick and tasty. Well written recipe - 11/17/09

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  • Incredible!
    13 of 16 people found this review helpful
    YUM, YUM, YUM!!!! My husband and I loved it. This recipe is a keeper! Thanks Chef Meg!!!! - 9/27/09

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  • Very Good
    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
    Don't be afraid to try this one. It's tasty, easy, and quick, although I kept the pork in the oven for a bit longer than 15 minutes. It's okay for non-coffee-lovers. There's no strong coffee taste. Even my kids liked it. When I make it again, I'll add a bit more chili powder.We like the heat! Enjoy! - 1/24/10

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  • Incredible!
    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
    This was such a suprise, but a good suprise!
    I sauted some onions in the skillet after removing the Pork Loin to rest. Then added a small amount of Mole Sauce in a tortilla, layered pork and the oinons. Yummy! - 1/25/11

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  • Good
    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
    I thought it was good but could use a little more spice. - 10/15/09

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