Beef and Espresso Chili with Cayenne Cream Recipe


Cal/Serving: 302
Daily Value: 15%
Servings: 8

Gluten-Free, Wheat-Free, Egg-Free, Peanut-Free, Tree-Nut-Free, Soy-Free, Fish-Free, Shellfish-Free, Alcohol-Free
Vitamin A1363IU27%
Vitamin C34mg56%
Thiamin (B1)0mg16%
Riboflavin (B2)0mg18%
Niacin (B3)6mg32%
Vitamin B61mg29%
Folic Acid (B9)103µg26%
Vitamin B122µg33%
Vitamin D0µg0%
Vitamin E2mg10%
Vitamin K11µg14%
Fatty acids, total monounsaturated5g0%
Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated1g0%
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Beef and Espresso Chili with Cayenne Cream
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.

Click here to see 9 Tips to Make Perfect Chili.



  • 1 1/2 pounds extra-lean ground beef
  • 4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups diced yellow onion
  • 2 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 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 cup low-fat sour cream
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne, or to taste
  • 2 scallions, chopped finely, for garnish


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.

Recipe Details

Servings: 8
Total time: 8 hours, 25 minutes
Cuisine: American

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