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Cocoa-Spiced Beef Tenderloin with Pineapple Salsa

A Heart-Healthy Recipe from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Total time: 40 minutes
Number of Servings: 4

Latin American flavors come alive in this festive beef dish with fruity salsa


  • 1/2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 beef tenderloin roast (16 oz)

For salsa:

  • 1/2 cup canned diced pineapple, in fruit juice, chopped into small pieces
  • 1/4 cup red onion, minced
  • 2 tsp fresh cilantro, rinsed, dried, and chopped (or substitute 1/4 tsp dried coriander)
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice

For seasoning:

  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground allspice
  • 1 Tbsp cocoa powder (unsweetened)
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  1. Preheat oven to 375 °F.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Place the seasoned roast on a roasting or broiling pan and roast 10–15 minutes (to a minimum internal temperature of 145 °F). Let cool for 5 minutes before carving into 16 slices (1 ounce each).
  5. Serve four slices of the tenderloin with 1/4 cup salsa on the side.

Tip: Delicious with a side of rice and Grilled Romaine Lettuce With Caesar Dressing.

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