Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  254
  • Protein  25 g
  • Carbohydrates  10 g
  • Fat  12 g
  • Cholesterol  67 mg
  • Sodium  61 mg
  • Potassium  497 mg
  • Phosphorus  221 mg
  • Calcium  51 mg
  • Fiber  1.7 g

Nicaraguan Beef Tenderloins

Ready to add some “cha-cha-cha” to your cooking? Travel south of the border with DaVita dietitian Robin for kidney-friendly Nicaraguan Beef Tenderloins.

Diet types:

  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe submitted by DaVita dietitian Robin from Virginia.

Portions: 4     Serving size: 3 ounces


    • 1 pound beef tenderloin, trimmed of visible fat
    • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 1/2 cup onion, thinly sliced
    • 1/4 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 2 bay leaves
    • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
    • 1 large sweet onion, cut into four 1/2” thick slices
    • 1/2 cup Chimichurri Sauce



    1.  Place beef lengthwise on a cutting board. Cut the beef with the meat’s grain into 4 flat even slices. Place each slice between 2 sheets of plastic wrap and pound to 1/4” thickness with a meat mallet. Season with ground pepper and arrange in a 9” x 13” baking dish.
    2. In a bowl, combine the 1/2 cup thinly sliced onion, parsley, garlic, bay leaves and vinegar. Whisk thoroughly and pour over the meat. Cover the meat and marinate for 8 minutes; turn meat over and marinate 8 minutes longer.
    3. Preheat grill or broiler. Coat sweet onion slices with cooking spray and grill until nicely browned, about 4 minutes per side. Place onion slices onto a platter.
    4. Place beef on grill or broiler and dispose of marinate. Grill marinated beef for 2 minutes per side for medium rare or to the internal temperature of 150º F for medium. Arrange beef slices on top of grilled onions.
    5. Serve with 3 ounce portions cooked tenderloin with 2 tablespoons Chimichurri Sauce. 

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 3 meat
  • 1-1/2 vegetable, medium potassium
  • 1 fat

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

    • Use a stronger white or yellow onion in the marinade and grill the sweet onion slices.
    • For a lower protein diet, adjust portion of beef according to your meal plan and protein prescription.

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