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Chile-Rubbed Pork Tenderloin with Quick Mole Sauce

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.

Oxmoor House JANUARY 2008

  • Yield: 6 servings (serving size: 3 ounces pork and 1/4 cup sauce)
  • Cook time:22 Minutes
  • Prep time:18 Minutes
  • Other:10 Minutes


  • 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.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 202
  • Fat: 8g
  • Saturated fat: 1.7g
  • Protein: 24.7g
  • Carbohydrate: 7.7g
  • Cholesterol: 74mg
  • Iron: 1.8mg
  • Sodium: 705mg
  • Calories from fat: 36%
  • Fiber: 1.5g
  • Calcium: 23mg

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Chile-Rubbed Pork Tenderloin with Quick Mole Sauce recipe