Cocoa-Spiced Beef Tenderloin with Pineapple Salsa

Cocoa-Spiced Beef Tenderloin with Pineapple Salsa

cocoa-spiced-beef½ T. vegetable oil
1 beef tenderloin roast (16 oz)

For salsa:

½ C. canned diced pineapple, in fruit juice, chopped into small pieces
¼ C. red onion, minced
2 tsp. fresh cilantro, rinsed, dried, and chopped (or substitute ¼ tsp. dried coriander)
1 T. lemon juice

For seasoning:

1 tsp. ground black pepper
1 tsp. ground coriander
1 T. ground cinnamon
¼ tsp. ground allspice
1 T. cocoa powder (unsweetened)
2 tsp. chili powder
¼ tsp. salt

Preheat oven to 375 ºF. For the salsa, combine all ingredients and toss well. Let sit for 10–15 minutes to marinate while preparing the seasoning and cooking the meat. For the beef tenderloin seasoning, combine all ingredients. Lightly oil the tenderloin and spread an even layer of the dry seasoning over the entire roast. Place the seasoned roast on a roasting or broiling pan and roast for 10–15 minutes (to a minimum internal temperature of 145 ºF). Let cool for 5 minutes before carving into 16 slices (1 ounce each). Serve four slices of the tenderloin with ¼ cup salsa on the side.

Yield: 4 servings
Calories: 215
Fat: 9g
Fiber: 2g

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