Beef Tenderloin dusted with Cacao


  • 1 – 2 lbs beef tenderloin (trimmed of fat if any)
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil, butter or ghee
  • 1-2 tsp raw cacao powder
  • salt and black pepper


Step 1 – Pat dry the tenderloin with paper towels

Step 2 – Rub 2 tsp of your preferred oil

Step 3 – Rub on raw cacao powder

Step 4 – Season generously with salt and pepper

Step 5 – Heat a large pan or skillet on medium high heat and add remaining oil

Step 6 – Sear all sides of the beef tenderloin until nicely browned (but not burned)

Step 7 – Place beef into a roasting dish and roast at 350˚F

Step 8 – Once the internal temperature of beef has reached 120˚F, remove from oven and let sit for 15 minutes

Step 9 – Cut into slices.

Try this recipe with a red wine sauce or get more crazy and try it with a raspberry sauce.  Serve over a salad or with sweet potatoes and broccoli.


Photo credit: Michael Johnson