Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Cocoa Chile Rub
Add a spicy kick to pork tenderloin with a flavorful rub featuring cocoa powder, chile peppers and paprika.
  • Makes: 8 servings
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Difficulty Rating: Easy

  • Nutrition Highlights: Pork tenderloin is just as lean as boneless, skinless chicken breast with only 2.98 grams fat in a 3-ounce cooked serving.

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  • Recipe From: My Indiana Home


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Lightly coat a rimmed baking sheet or roasting pan with vegetable cooking spray.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together cocoa powder, spices, herbs and salt until thoroughly blended.
  3. Completely cover pork tenderloins with all of rub mixture. Place tenderloins in prepared pan.
  4. Roast for 20-25 minutes or until temperature in center of pork is 145 degrees. Remove pork from oven and let it rest 3 minutes before slicing.

Tips & Notes

  1. Pork tenderloins are usually wrapped two per package. Select larger tenderloins yielding at least 2 pounds per package.
  2. Choose unsweetened cocoa powder rather than Dutch cocoa powder. The richer, darker Dutch cocoa has been treated with alkali, which helps neutralize cocoa’s natural acidity.

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