Coffee Chili: a Recipe

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Coffee Chili

Coffee, I have no interest in starting my day without at least two cups. I have high blood pressure so I rarely drink more than this but I do enjoy those first and only two cups.

We have read much about the positive health effects of coffee, over the past while and this is good news for the coffee fanatics among us. I drink an organic, dark roast blend, straight, no milk or no sugar between me and my caffeine.

I also use a FrenchPress to make or morning coffee. No automatic time, no drip, just add hot, almost boiling water to the pot, let it sit for 2-3 minutes and then ready to drink.

Coffee is not just for drinking, it can be an exciting ingredient in a number of dishes, chili, for example.

Coffee Chili


1 tbsp olive oil

11/2 lb lean ground beef

1 onion, chopped

2 sweet peppers, such as red and green,

chopped 3 large garlic cloves,

¼ c chili powder

1 tbsp each dried oregano leaves

1 tsp salt ½ tsp cinnamon

¼ tsp cayenne pepper

2 bay leaves

2 cans plum tomatoes (28 oz)

1 ½ c dark roast coffee brewed coffee

1 can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained (19-oz)

2 tbsp vinegar, any type


Heat oil in a large wide saucepan over medium heat.

Add beef and pork and stir to break up meat.

When meat is no longer pink, stir in onion, peppers, garlic, jalapeno, chili, oregano, cumin, salt, cinnamon, cayenne and bay leaves.

Cook for about 5 minutes, until vegetables soften slightly.

Stir in tomatoes with juice, crushing tomatoes to break up.

Stir in coffee, beans and vinegar.

Increase heat, stir occasionally and bring to the boil.

Then reduce heat and simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally, until chili is as thick as you like, about 1 hour.

Discard bay leaves.

Toppings: grated cheddar cheese, sour cream, chopped avocado, chopped jalapenos and coriander.

Give your chili additional spice by adding extra cayenne pepper, then serve with hot sauce on the side.

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cgull8m 9 years ago from North Carolina

Nice recipe again, I love the ingredients you have here will make a perfect blend.

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GmaGoldie 6 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

I love coffee - never thought about adding to Chili - great Hub! I too start and STOP with 2 cups. Wonderfully written! You are terrific!

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Bob Ewing 6 years ago from New Brunswick Author

Whay, thanks you for those kind words, enjoy and thanks for dropping by.

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That Grrl 4 years ago from Barrie, Ontario, Canada

I'm getting blind. I thought your recipe was for Coffee Chill. That sounded like a good idea, something to do with the coffee once it's too cold to drink. I love coffee at night more than in the morning. But, it does keep me awake sometimes. I used to swear it didn't until my husband pointed out that I was always awake at night. Sometimes you need the facts to hit you over the head (not literally) before you see them.

Coffee Chili sounds like a plan. I've been looking at recipes that combine chocolate, coffee and cinnamon. Kind of the old traditional way of serving chocolate, before it was made sweet.

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Bob Ewing 4 years ago from New Brunswick Author

I do like an iced coffee on a hot summer day, thanks for dropping by.

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