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Direct Your Dining: Spicy Mango Beef Tenderloin with Avocado Salsa

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Get ready for a delicious, easy-to-make meal reminiscent of a trip to the Caribbean with seasoned beef tenderloin, a simple mango sauce, and  a spicy avocado salsa. This low energy use recipe plates like a restaurant quality dish and it only requires 4 minutes of cooking time, making it perfect for a dinner date night!

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Now THAT is a composed plate of food.

There are many methods of incorporating fresh fruit into your meals, but they can be more complex than you prefer. The mango sauce for this recipe doesn’t require anything more than a food processor and a strainer. It will pick up the flavor and a tiny bit of heat from the jalapeno, while remaining sweet and tangy from the agave nectar and lime juice!

Don’t be afraid of those red jalapenos in the sauce, as the end result isn’t that spicy. Just make sure you remove all the seeds before you dice jalapeno, then run the food processor for the full minute of time, and finally use a strainer!

The diced avocado salsa can be a bit spicy for some people, so you can tone it down by substituting in a jalapeno for the Serrano pepper. Even then, make sure there are no seeds in the mix, and if you keep the pieces large, you can remove them to really tone the heat level down after letting them sit for a few minutes with the rest of the salsa ingredients.

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Three simple components and not much actual cooking time.

This recipe used thinly sliced beef tenderloin, but any piece of well-marbled beef (meat with the white fat running through it that makes it tender) will suffice. Simply rub the meat with the spices and garlic, sear it in the butter, and squeeze lime on at the end.

I served this dish with steamed jasmine rice from my rice cooker, which is a low energy use way to make rice, but you can also just put these ingredients in your favorite store-bought tortillas or use 90-second microwave rice to use even less energy.

Spicy Mango Beef Tenderloin with Avocado Salsa

Beef Tenderloin Ingredients:

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While this recipe uses beef, you can also use pork tenderloin, shrimp, scallops, chicken, or tofu!
  • 1 lb. Thinly sliced well-marbled beef (tenderloin cut used today)
  • 1 tsp. Minced garlic
  • ¼ tsp. Cumin
  • ¼ tsp. Coriander
  • ¼ tsp. Onion powder
  • ¼ tsp. Sea salt
  • ¼ tsp. Black pepper
  • 2 tbsp. Butter
  • 2 tbsp. Lime juice
  • 1 tbsp. Fresh chopped cilantro

Avocado Salsa Ingredients:

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That’s a whole lot of green goodness!
  • 1 Large Haas avocado, diced
  • ¼ c. Chopped cilantro
  • ½ Small serrano pepper, thinly sliced and minced with seeds removed (can sub. ¼ jalapeno)
  • 1 tbsp. Lime juice
  • ¼ tsp. Sea salt
  • ¼ tsp. Black pepper

Mango Sauce Ingredients:

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Mangoes can be super-sweet, so that makes them a great counterbalance in a spicy sauce.
  • 1 c. Fresh mango chunks
  • 2 tsp. Blue agave nectar
  • 1 tsp. Rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. Lime juice
  • 1/8 tsp. Sea salt
  • ½ Red jalapeno, seeds removed, cut into chunks

Directions:

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The calm before the storm.

1) Prepare the ingredients for the mango sauce. Add them to the food processor. Process at least 1 minute until smooth and jalapeno pieces are extremely small.

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See – I told you those red jalapenos were just for flavor and not lots of heat.

2) Strain mango puree into a bowl to remove any large pieces of jalapeno. Set aside.

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A simple preparation of avocado can go a long way.

3) Prepare the ingredients for the avocado salsa. Mix all avocado ingredients together in a small bow. Set aside. For less heat, remove some peppers before serving.

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The crucial spice blend that ties the whole dish together.

4) Prepare the sliced beef by coating it with the garlic and seasonings.

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You really can’t go wrong with a little bit of beef and butter.

5) Over medium high heat, melt the butter. Add beef tenderloin to the skillet to sear it, which takes approximately 3 minutes.

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Don’t go overboard with the lime. A little goes a long way in this recipe.

6) When the beef is cooked (you want it to be golden-brown), squeeze the lime juice over it. Stir the beef so the beef coats it thoroughly. Turn the heat off.

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Restaurant elegance at home!

7) Serve this trio over white jasmine rice as shown, on tortillas, or over lettuce for a salad.

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If you’ll excuse me, I’m hungry.

Who knew using less energy while cooking delicious food could be so classy!

Check back in every week for more Direct Your Dining recipes to help reduce your energy use in the kitchen while getting creative with delicious dishes!

Recipe and Images by Stacie Morgan

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