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:

276 calories

Dietary restrictions:

High Fiber

Daily value:



  • Fat 104g 160%
  • Carbs 138g 46%
  • Saturated 45g 226%
  • Fiber 48g 191%
  • Trans 1g
  • Sugars 36g
  • Monounsaturated 40g
  • Polyunsaturated 8g
  • Protein 196g 393%
  • Cholesterol 541mg 180%
  • Sodium 5,508mg 230%
  • Calcium 705mg 71%
  • Magnesium 510mg 128%
  • Potassium 7,047mg 201%
  • Iron 34mg 189%
  • Zinc 41mg 273%
  • Phosphorus 2,498mg 357%
  • Vitamin A 910µg 101%
  • Vitamin C 280mg 467%
  • Thiamin (B1) 2mg 104%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 3mg 164%
  • Niacin (B3) 52mg 261%
  • Vitamin B6 5mg 238%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 449µg 112%
  • Vitamin B12 16µg 265%
  • Vitamin D 2µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 17mg 86%
  • Vitamin K 99µg 123%
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