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Cacao Spiced Pork Tenderloin

Cacao Spiced Pork Tenderloin
  • Gluten Free!
Serves: 12
Ready In: 60 minutes

Why We Like It

The combination of spices such as cacao, smoked paprika and allspice create a phenomenal flavor-loaded rub for this roasted pork tenderloin.  Delicious, juicy and a hit with the whole family!

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees

Combine the Seasoning Rub:

  • 1 Tbsp raw cacao powder (or cocoa powder)
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp ground allspice
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

Add to a small bowl and stir to combine.

Season the Pork:

  • 3.5 lb boneless pork tenderloin (cut in half lengthwise if large)

Place the pork on a large plate or in a 9 inch x 13 inch baking dish.  Rub the seasoning mixture all over the pork.

(If you have a cast iron skillet, or a skillet that can go from the stove to the oven, you can sear the pork in the same skillet that you roast it in.  Or, you will transfer it from the skillet to the baking dish and then roast it.)

Sear the Pork:

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil (or avocado oil)

Add oil to a large skillet over medium high heat.  When the skillet is hot, add the pork and sear each side for about 3-4 minutes until browned.

If you are not using a skillet that can go from the stove to the oven, transfer the pork into the 9 inch x 13 inch greased baking dish.  Roast the pork in the oven for 25-35 minutes or until cooked through and it reaches an internal temperature of 145 degrees.

Serve and Enjoy!

Let the pork rest for 10-15 minutes before slicing and serving.

Nutrition Information for one serving

  • Calories: 160
  • Fat: 4 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 85 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate: 1 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Total Sugars: 1 g
  • Added Sugars: 0 g
  • Protein: 28 g
  • Sodium: 200 mg