Pork Tenderloin with Pineapple Salsa

This cocoa spiced pork tenderloin with pineapple salsa is made with a simple dry rub seasoning; cinnamon, cocoa, powder and chili powder, coriander and allspice. Top with a fruity salsa for a delicious contrast in flavors!

Cocoa spiced pork tenderloin with pineapple salsa

30 Minute Pork Tenderloin Meal

This delicious thirty minute meal is quick to make during the week and also a great cut of meat to serve guests.

The cocoa (unsweetened) with a hint of chili pepper offers warm flavors, and then when you add some sweet pineapple your taste buds are going wild!

I got this recipe from the wellness site though work.  

Every so often emails will pop into my inbox that reminds me that I can take a fitness challenge or try a new healthy recipe.

The website offers good information and the bonus part is that it’s free.

Although the down fall is when they hold fitness classes wherever they can find space.  

Who wants to workout in the middle of a lobby while folks are leaving the office for the day?  

Nawh. Not for me.

Cocoa spiced pork tenderloin with pineapple salsa

Cocoa Rub For Pork Tenderloin With Pineapple Salsa

I do my own thing and hit a gym that’s on my way home from the office.  

The only thing I have to battle is the clique of gym long timer (rats?) who save weights and equipment for their buddies.  

Pshhh. Whatever.

Truth be told, my feelings are kind of butt hurt that I haven’t been folded into their equipment saving club.  

They have no idea that I have granola and delicious apple spice smoothies to share.

Everyone should have a good source for snack makers in their pack don’t ya think?

They have no idea that I would totally invite them over for a tasty dinner for meals like this cocoa spiced pork tenderloin.

Ok. Maybe not, but why limit your circle when the possibilities for new experiences and faces are sweating right in front of you?

Cocoa spiced pork tenderloin with pineapple salsa

Pineapple Salsa

It’s such a good feeling to know that my BFF, Alan will be at home waiting for me after I get my workouts in for the day, and is  ready to hear out my woes and offer support.

“Those old fogies don’t deserve to get to know you!”

Yeah, I agree!  Then we go on making old folk jokes…it’s ok since they ARE older than us! Lol

When Alan tasted this pork tenderloin pineapple salsa dish his reaction was super cute.

“OMG, babe, this is AH-MAZ-ZING!” I knew he wasn’t just being nice after my sad story.

He really likes to add a little heat to his foods, and I like to cool it down, so this is the perfect meal that makes both of us happy.

Give this a try won’t you?!  You can also use this rub on beef tenderloin with the same tasty results!

Cocoa spiced pork tenderloin with pineapple salsa
Cocoa spiced pork tenderloin with pineapple salsa
Sliced pork tenderloin with pineapple salsa on a white plate.

Pork Tenderloin with Pineapple Salsa

Tender pork tenderloin with pineapple salsa is a delicious contract with the cocoa dry rub. The simple fruity salsa can also me used on chicken or beef.
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Course: Uncategorized
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dinner, lunch, pineapple, pork, salsa, tenderloin
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4 -6 Servings
Calories: 168kcal
Author: Sandra @ The Foodie Affair


  • 1 pound port tenderloin
  • Olive oil for coating meat

Pineapple Salsa

  • 1/2 cup diced pineapple
  • 1/4 cup red onion minced
  • 2-3 tablespoons fresh cilantro chopped
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Cocoa-Spiced Rub

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder unsweetened
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • For the salsa, in a small mixing bowl combine the pineapple, onion cilantro and lemon juice. Set aside.
  • In a small bowl whisk together all rub ingredients. Lightly brush on olive oil over the whole tenderloin. Cover prepared seasoning rub over the tenderloin.
  • Place mean on a baking sheet and cook for about 15-20 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees. Let the meat rest for 5 minutes before cutting it in slices.
  • Serve with pineapple salsa


Serving: 1g | Calories: 168kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 597mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g


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  1. Pork rules! ! I’m loving it more and more over other meats. And this rub just adds fuel to my argument that it is the most value meat, too. Looks amazing!