Jumpin' Espresso Bean Chili Recipe
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Jumpin' Espresso Bean Chili Recipe

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Chili is a hearty dish I love experimenting with. This meatless version I created is low in fat, but high in flavor. Everyone tries to guess the secret ingredient…no one ever thinks it's coffee. —Jess Apfe, Berkeley, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 35 min.
MAKES:7 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 35 min.
MAKES: 7 servings


  • 3 medium onions, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee granules
  • 1 tablespoon baking cocoa
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) no-salt-added diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) garbanzo beans or chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • Sour cream, thinly sliced green onions, shredded cheddar cheese and pickled jalapeno slices, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 cup (calculated without optional ingredients): 272 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 620mg sodium, 45g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 12g fiber), 12g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2-1/2 starch, 2 vegetable, 1 lean meat.


  1. In a Dutch oven, saute the onions in oil until tender. Add the brown sugar, chili powder, cumin, coffee granules, cocoa and salt; cook and stir for 1 minute.
  2. Stir in tomatoes and beans. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30 minutes to allow flavors to blend. Serve with sour cream, onions, cheese and jalapeno slices if desired. Yield: 7 servings.
Originally published as Jumpin' Espresso Bean Chili in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2009, p197

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DeepSorrow User ID: 6301843 115766
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2012

"Very tasty and filling."

smek User ID: 1143997 177038
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2011

"I followed this recipe exactly as written and the chili turned out extremely bitter. I had to add some more salt and some honey to it to make it edible. I think the chocolate & the coffee together is just too bitter and the kidney & black beans make it very bland also."

aamundson User ID: 3920376 142106
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2011

"I have recommended this recipe to friends!"

hburch User ID: 5166923 175451
Reviewed Nov. 19, 2011

"GREAT! we kept thinking we might need to change something, but if it ain't broke, don't fix it!"

bingoqueen63 User ID: 750220 158503
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2011

"I made this for lunch today, and it was VERY GOOD. You really don't miss the meat. I've been trying healthy meals for my husband who just had a heart attack. Cutting back on meat and sweets, as he's also a diabetic."

[email protected] User ID: 4389348 173779
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2011

"I agree with theeeyoreguy. I added a pumpkin and sour cream topper to mine and it was great. Who knew?"

theeeyoreguy User ID: 5109095 163750
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2011

"awesome...would definitely make again!"

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