Beef and Espresso Chili with Cayenne Cream

Beef and Espresso Chili with Cayenne Cream
Chris Henry


  • 1 1/2 Pound  extra-lean ground beef
  • 4 Teaspoons  extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 Cup  diced yellow onion
  • green bell peppers, seeded and chopped
  • 1 Pound  tomatoes, chopped
  •   One 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 Cups  low-sodium beef broth
  • 2 Tablespoons  instant espresso or coffee granules
  • 2 Tablespoons  chili powder
  • 2 Teaspoons  ground cumin
  • 1 Tablespoon  evaporated cane juice, preferably organic
  • 1 1/4 Teaspoon  sea salt
  • 1 Cup  low-fat sour cream
  • 1/8 Teaspoon  cayenne, or to taste
  • scallions, chopped finely, for garnish

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by Chris Henry

This chili is gluten-free and delicious. The flavor of espresso complements and enhances the flavor of the beef, giving it an umami-boost. A slow cooker makes this chili come together with ease, simmering away at a low temperature while you're out going about your day.

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Heat a large, nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the beef and cook, breaking up with a wooden spoon until browned, about 4 minutes. Transfer to a 4-quart slow cooker.

In the same skillet, heat 1 teaspoon of the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook until browned, for 4-5 minutes. Transfer to the slow cooker and add the bell peppers, tomatoes, beans, broth, espresso, chili powder, and cumin.

Stir well, cover, and cook on low for 8 hours. (Alternatively, cook on high for 4 hours.) Turn off the heat and stir in the remaining olive oil, cane juice, and salt.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the sour cream and cayenne. Cover and refrigerate until serving. To serve, top the chili with the sour cream mixture and garnish with the scallions.


Calories per serving:

298 calories

Dietary restrictions:

High Fiber Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free, No Sugar Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 105g 161%
  • Carbs 168g 56%
  • Saturated 45g 227%
  • Fiber 55g 222%
  • Trans 1g
  • Sugars 35g
  • Monounsaturated 40g
  • Polyunsaturated 9g
  • Protein 208g 417%
  • Cholesterol 541mg 180%
  • Sodium 4,926mg 205%
  • Calcium 671mg 67%
  • Magnesium 659mg 165%
  • Potassium 7,247mg 207%
  • Iron 35mg 194%
  • Zinc 43mg 289%
  • Phosphorus 2,634mg 376%
  • Vitamin A 910µg 101%
  • Vitamin C 269mg 448%
  • Thiamin (B1) 2mg 134%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 3mg 149%
  • Niacin (B3) 52mg 258%
  • Vitamin B6 5mg 241%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 823µg 206%
  • Vitamin B12 16µg 265%
  • Vitamin D 2µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 14mg 72%
  • Vitamin K 89µg 111%
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