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Cocoa-Crusted Beef Tenderloin

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.

Makes

4 servings

My family and I have cooking competitions with secret ingredients and a 30-minute time limit. This tenderloin recipe earned me a sweet victory. — Gina Myers, Spokane, Washington
Cocoa-Crusted Beef Tenderloin Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 4 beef tenderloin steaks (1-1/2 inches thick and 6 ounces each)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 3 tablespoons baking cocoa
  • 3 tablespoons finely ground coffee

Directions

  1. Preheat broiler. Sprinkle steaks with salt and pepper. In a shallow bowl, mix cocoa and coffee. Dip steaks in cocoa mixture to coat all sides; shake off excess.
  2. Place steaks on a rack of a broiler pan. Broil 3-4 in. from heat 9-11 minutes on each side or until meat reaches desired doneness (for medium-rare, a thermometer should read 135°; medium, 140°; medium-well, 145°).

Nutrition Facts

1 steak: 252 calories, 10g fat (4g saturated fat), 75mg cholesterol, 296mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 37g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 5 lean meat.

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