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Jumpin’ Espresso Bean Chili

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


  • 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
  • Optional toppings: Sour cream, thinly sliced green onions, shredded cheddar cheese and pickled jalapeno slices


  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutrition 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.

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  • DeepSorrow
    Jan 12, 2012

    Very tasty and filling.

  • smek
    Dec 19, 2011

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  • sharlasu
    Dec 2, 2011

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  • aamundson
    Nov 28, 2011

    I have recommended this recipe to friends!

  • hburch
    Nov 19, 2011

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

  • bingoqueen63
    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.

  • lets.go1
    Nov 13, 2011

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

  • theeeyoreguy
    Nov 13, 2011

    awesome...would definitely make again!

  • CatherineChristine
    Nov 13, 2011

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