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Chile-Rubbed Beef Tenderloin with Garlic-Herb Oil

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 35 min (includes standing and resting times)
  • Active: 25 min
  • Yield: 8 to 10 servings
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1 tablespoon ancho chile powder

1 tablespoon ground cumin 

1 tablespoon paprika 

2 teaspoons ground coriander 

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper 

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 

1 tablespoon olive oil 

One 3 1/2- to 4-pound beef tenderloin, trimmed and tied 

2 tablespoons canola oil

Garlic-Herb Oil, recipe follows

Garlic-Herb Oil:

3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

3 cloves garlic, crushed 

2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley 

2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro 

2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives 

1 teaspoon red pepper flakes 

Kosher salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Mix together the ancho chile powder, cumin, paprika, coriander, cayenne, garlic powder, 2 teaspoons salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in a small bowl. Rub the olive oil on the tenderloin, then rub evenly with the spice mixture. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  3. Heat the canola oil in a large ovensafe skillet, preferably cast-iron, over medium-high heat. Sear the tenderloin (bending it to fit in the skillet if necessary) until golden brown on all sides, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer the skillet to the oven and roast until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of the tenderloin reads 130 degrees F (for medium rare), about 20 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board and let rest for 10 minutes.
  4. Remove the string and slice the tenderloin crosswise. Spoon over some of the Garlic-Herb Oil and sprinkle the meat with additional salt. Serve the remaining Garlic-Herb Oil in a bowl on the side.

Garlic-Herb Oil:

  1. Combine the olive oil and garlic in a small saucepan. Turn the heat to medium low and gently poach the garlic for 5 minutes; the oil should be at a very bare simmer but not boiling, otherwise the garlic will burn. Turn off the heat and allow to cool completely.
  2. Remove the garlic from the oil and discard; transfer the oil to a bowl. Add the parsley, cilantro, chives, red pepper flakes and salt to taste to the oil and stir to combine.

Cook’s Note

The tenderloin can be transferred to a rimmed baking sheet before roasting if your skillet is not ovensafe to 450 degrees F.

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