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Cocoa-Crusted Beef Tenderloin Recipe
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Cocoa-Crusted Beef Tenderloin Recipe

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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
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 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

Nutritional Facts

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


  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 145°; medium, 160°; well-done, 170°). Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Cocoa-Crusted Beef Tenderloin in Taste of Home February/March 2014

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Reviewed Feb. 2, 2014

"Watch this carefully. The cocoa mix caught fire with the broiler on high so turned it down to low broiler.

Tried it with venison Turned out fine, interesting taste but was not a family hit."

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