Slow Cooker Mondays: Cocoa Crusted Pork

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You can’t put pork tenderloin in the crock pot!” Exclaimed a disbelieving friend, “It’s too good to put in the slow cooker!

She wasn’t the first one to tell me that and we had some pork tenderloin and I wanted to try a new recipe and well…let’s just face it…if you tell me no I’m tempted to do the opposite so we had pork tenderloin in the crock pot!  Inspired by a Costa Rican recipe the spices seem a weird combination but worked well and it was a hit at my house.


  • 1 T cocoa powder, unsweetened
  • 1 t instant coffee
  • 1/2 t cinnamon, ground
  • 1 lb. (16 oz) pork tenderloin
  • Olive oil
  • Optional: chili powder


  1. Mix the first three ingredients together in a bowl. (I used a long deep plate.)
  2. Heat up a frying pan and pour a little olive oil on the pork tenderloin and then coat it with the mix.
  3. Sear the tenderloin on all sides in the pan.
  4. Place in the crock pot.
  5. Add 1 cup of water.
  6. Cook on low about 5-6 hours or high 2-3.
  7. Slice and serve with couscous, potatoes or just veggies.

Yup, it was delicious and sure you could do it in the oven but if you want a new pork recipe for the slow cooker, this rocked!

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