Chile-Rubbed Pork Tenderloin with Quick Mole Sauce

Chile-Rubbed Pork Tenderloin With Quick Mole SauceRecipe
Oxmoor House
Mole is a rich, reddish brown sauce usually made with onion, garlic, chiles, and cocoa or bitter chocolate. Our quick version contains tomatoes and simmers only 15 minutes.


6 servings (serving size: 3 ounces pork and 1/4 cup sauce)

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Oxmoor House

Recipe Time

Prep: 18 Minutes
Cook: 22 Minutes
Other: 10 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 202
Fat 8 g
Satfat 1.7 g
Protein 24.7 g
Carbohydrate 7.7 g
Cholesterol 74 mg
Iron 1.8 mg
Sodium 705 mg
Caloriesfromfat 36 %
Fiber 1.5 g
Calcium 23 mg


1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons canola oil, divided
1/3 cup minced onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 (14.5-ounce) can Mexican-style stewed tomatoes, undrained
1/4 cup water
2 teaspoons espresso powder
2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa
1/2 chipotle chile, canned in adobo sauce
4 teaspoons salt-free Mexican seasoning (such as The Spice Hunter), divided
1 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 (3/4-pound) pork tenderloins, trimmed
Cooking spray
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper


Heat 2 teaspoons canola oil in a 2 1/2-quart saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic; sauté 3 minutes or until mixture begins to brown. Transfer onion mixture to a blender; add tomatoes, 1/4 cup water, espresso powder, cocoa, chile, 1 teaspoon Mexican seasoning, sugar, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Process until smooth, scraping down sides if necessary.

Return tomato mixture to pan. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer, uncovered, 15 minutes or until thick, stirring often.

Preheat broiler.

While tomato mixture simmers, place pork on a broiler pan coated with cooking spray; brush with remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Combine 1 tablespoon Mexican seasoning, kosher salt, and red pepper; rub over pork. Broil 16 minutes or until a thermometer registers 160° (slightly pink), turning once. Remove from pan; cover with foil, and let stand 10 minutes before slicing. Serve pork with sauce.