Cocoa Roasted Pork with Wilted Kale

Espresso, brown sugar, and cocoa powder create an elegant flavor for a pork dinner.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
4 servings


  • 1 cup water

  • 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar (see Tip)

  • 1 teaspoon instant espresso coffee powder

  • 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground ancho chile pepper

  • 1 1-pound pork tenderloin, trimmed of fat

  • 1 medium red sweet pepper, cut into thin bite-size strips

  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 12 cups coarsely chopped, trimmed kale


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Place a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Add the water to the pan; set aside. In a small bowl combine brown sugar, coffee powder, cocoa powder, 1/4 teaspoon of the salt and the nacho chile pepper. Sprinkle mixture evenly over pork; rub in with your fingers. Place pork on the rack in the prepared pan.

  2. Roast for 20 to 30 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer inserted in center of the pork registers 145 degrees F. Cover pork with foil. Let stand for 3 minutes before slicing.

  3. Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven cook sweet pepper and onion in hot oil over medium heat about 5 minutes or until crisp-tender, stirring occasionally. Add kale; sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes or until kale is tender, tossing with tongs so kale cooks evenly. Thinly slice pork. Serve with kale mixture.


Tip: We do not recommend sugar substitute for this recipe.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

286 Calories
7g Fat
29g Carbs
30g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 286
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 29g 11%
Dietary Fiber 11g 39%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 30g 60%
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 70mg 23%
Sodium 429mg 19%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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