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Pork Tenderloin Mole

Yes, even chocolate which is generally associated with desserts can be used as a delightful ingredient in main dishes.

A popular Mexican entrée dish is the Mole wherein they make use of chocolate. Mole is a popular spicy sauce that uses chocolate, peanut butter, and cinnamon, resulting to a very savory, magical blend of flavors that will satisfy your buds. Unsweetened chocolate is often used in this dish but you may also opt for bittersweet chocolate, whatever suits your taste.

Mole sauce is usually served over chicken, turkey, or small slices of pork.

Here's an easy yet fabulous recipe:


1 1/4 to 1 1/2 pounds (2 whole) pork tenderloin.

Mole Sauce

  • 1/2 c. chopped onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp. oil
  • 1 c. Mexican style chili beans, undrained
  • 1/4 c. chili sauce
  • 1/4 c. raisins
  • 2 tbsp. water
  • 1 tbsp. peanut butter
  • 1 tsp. unsweetened cocoa
  • Dash each salt, ground cinnamon & cloves

Place pork tenderloins in shallow baking pan. Roast at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes. Heat oil in medium saucepan. Cook onion and garlic over low heat for 5 minutes. Combine all sauce ingredients in blender or food processor; mix until almost smooth. Place sauce mixture in saucepan. Heat thoroughly over low temperature, stirring frequently. Serve sauce over pork tenderloin slices. Makes 6 servings.


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