This roasted beef tenderloin recipe has the deep, delicious flavor of coffee and the light heat of chiles, making this an impressive main dish for your next special occasion. While the beef roasts, make the easy bittersweet ancho chile sauce. Serve with roasted potatoes or buttered noodles to soak up the extra sauce.

Source: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2014






Instructions Checklist
  • To prepare beef: Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and coat with cooking spray.

  • Combine coffee, brown sugar, paprika, 3/4 teaspoon salt, pepper and garlic powder in a small bowl and mix thoroughly. Rub the mixture all over the tenderloin. Transfer to the prepared pan.

  • Roast the tenderloin until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center registers 130 degrees F for medium, 35 to 45 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board and let rest 10 minutes before slicing.

  • To prepare sauce: Meanwhile, put whole chiles (if using) in a medium bowl, cover with boiling water and weight down with a small plate or pot lid. Soak for 10 minutes; drain. Remove the stems and seeds. Add the chiles (or chile powder) to a blender along with shallot, garlic and 1/2 cup broth. Blend to a thick puree, scraping the sides once or twice. Push the puree through a strainer into a bowl. Discard the solids.

  • Heat oil in a small, high-sided saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the puree and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add brown sugar, cumin, 1/4 teaspoon salt and the remaining 1 cup broth and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat and simmer gently, stirring occasionally, until reduced to about 1/2 cup, 30 to 35 minutes. Add more broth, if desired, for a thinner consistency.

  • Slice the tenderloin into thick rounds and serve with the sauce.


Make Ahead Tip: Prepare the sauce (Steps 4-5) up to 2 hours ahead; hold at room temperature and reheat just before serving.

Nutrition Facts

3-4 oz. beef & 1 Tbsp. sauce
165 calories; protein 23g; carbohydrates 3.7g; dietary fiber 0.6g; sugars 1.6g; fat 6.7g; saturated fat 2.5g; cholesterol 68.2mg; vitamin a iu 562.9IU; vitamin c 0.1mg; folate 6.9mcg; calcium 16.6mg; iron 3mg; magnesium 20.5mg; potassium 382.2mg; sodium 187.3mg; thiamin 0.1mg; added sugar 1g.

3 lean meat