Beef and Espresso Chili with Cayenne Cream

Beef and Espresso Chili with Cayenne Cream
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Beef and Espresso Chili with Cayenne Cream

Chris Henry

Beef and Espresso Chili with Cayenne Cream

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.

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

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.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
26g
37%
Sugar
14g
16%
Saturated Fat
10g
42%
Cholesterol
96mg
32%
Carbohydrate, by difference
19g
15%
Protein
34g
74%
Vitamin A, RAE
119µg
17%
Vitamin B-12
3µg
100%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
8mg
11%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
6µg
7%
Calcium, Ca
110mg
11%
Choline, total
64mg
15%
Fiber, total dietary
3g
12%
Fluoride, F
1µg
0%
Folate, total
33µg
8%
Iron, Fe
5mg
28%
Magnesium, Mg
54mg
17%
Niacin
5mg
36%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
353mg
50%
Selenium, Se
30µg
55%
Sodium, Na
12443mg
100%
Water
104g
4%
Zinc, Zn
6mg
75%

Beef Shopping Tip

Most cattle are fed a diet of grass until they are sent to a feedlot – where they are finished on corn. When possible, choose beef from cattle that are “100% grass fed” - it will be more expensive, but better for your health.

Beef Cooking Tip

The method used to cook beef is dependent on the cut. Cuts that are more tender, like filet mignon, should be cooked for a relatively short amount of time over high heat by grilling or sautéing. While less tender cuts, like brisket and short ribs, should be cooked for a longer time with lower heat by braising or stewing.