Espresso Chili with Beef & Black Beans

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Espresso Chili with Beef & Black Beans
  • 4Servings


  • 2 tablespoons olive or canola oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground sirloin (80% lean)
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder, such as Gebhardt, or ground ancho chile powder (which is very mild)
  • 1 rounded tbsp. instant espresso powder
  • 1 scant tbsp. ground coriander
  • 1 scant tbsp. ground cumin
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 large or 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/4 cup pickled jalapeno slices, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 cups beef or veal stock
  • 1 15 ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • Toppings: minced red onions, cilantro, chopped radishes, chopped avocado, crumbled Fritos corn chips, crumbled queso fresco or shredded white cheddar


In a Dutch oven or a large, deep skillet, heat the olive oil, two turns of the pan, over medium-high. Add the beef and cook, breaking into pieces with a spoon, until browned, about 5 minutes. Add the chili powder, espresso powder, coriander and cumin; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring constantly, about 1 minute. Add the onions, garlic and jalapeno. Partially cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables soften, 6 to 8 minutes.

Add the tomato paste; stir until blended, then add the stock, beans and Worcestershire sauce. Bring to a bubble, then reduce the heat to low and let simmer, stirring often, until flavors combine, about 5 minutes.

Serve chili in shallow bowls with toppings of choice.