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Coffee Chili Recipe

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The Ultimate Coffee Chili Recipe

Sometimes you can bring together things you love but not love the result. Like Super Bowl parties with rival fans.

Your partner, neighbors, friends, kids, that uncle who always seems to be about three bourbons deep—they’re all great on their own. But put them together and suddenly everyone’s fighting over whose team is better.

But other times, combining several things you love turns out like the staggering work that strikes awe in those who experience it.

Ladies and gentlemen, we bring you the "Infinity Gauntlet" of chili recipes. It fuses your favorite things—like coffee and beer—to create a unique and supremely delicious flavor that will bring you dominance over the entire universe—or at least your next chili cook-off or Super Bowl Sunday.

A bag of Death Wish Coffee on a table next to a bowl of chili.

Why You Should Add Coffee and Beer to Your Chili

The best chili recipes tell you something about the personality of their cooks and involve a little bit of surprise. This is why adding coffee—or even beer—to your chili will produce a result that works. Using coffee in the mix adds all the subtle flavor notes you love—like the subtle hints of chocolate and cherry from Death Wish Coffee.

Beer, meanwhile, incorporates a light, malty sweetness. In this recipe, we suggest a lager or lighter beer to allow more of the coffee and chili spices to come through.

Combine all that with the earthy nuttiness of cumin and heat from the chili powder, and you have a blend containing several flavors that work in to create a delightful taste experience: savory upfront, subtle sweetness in the middle, with a light spicy finish.

Chili Recipe Truths We Hold To Be Self-Evident

Here are some facts about chili that not everyone understands (but should):

  • Chili should be simple to make. Put stuff in a pot. Add some more stuff. Voila.
  • It shouldn’t create tons of dishes. Notice we said “a” pot. That’s all it should need.
  • It should have the right balance of meat and beans. You shouldn’t feel like you’re eating a cow. You don’t want to spend the rest of the day crop-dusting family or coworkers.
  • The result must be delicious. Otherwise, GTFO.

This recipe meets all those requirements, showing you can use simple techniques to create surprising results. After gathering your spices, all you’ll need to do is cook up the meat, mix in the beans and brewed beverages, then walk away, returning only to stir from time to time.

Don’t freak out when you first pour in the beans, coffee and beer. You might look down at the pot and think it looks watery; however, we’ll be simmering off much of that liquid. The end result will give you all the flavor you want with an ideal chili consistency.

Death Wish Coffee Chili Recipe (With Beer)


  • 1 large pot or Dutch oven
  • 1 wooden spoon


  • 1 cup of Death Wish Coffee, brewed strong
  • 1 12-ounce can or bottle of beer
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 3/4 pound beef sirloin, cubed
  • 1 14-ounce can diced tomatoes with juice
  • 2 6-ounce cans of tomato paste
  • 1 15-ounce can beef broth
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 15-ounce cans kidney beans
  • 4 fresh hot chili peppers, seeded and choppedsubstitute 2 habaneros for more spice 


  1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onions and garlic. Cook for 1 minute.
  2. Add ground beef and cubed sirloin to pot. Use a wooden spoon to break apart the beef. Cook until the beef is browned, stirring occasionally (8-10 minutes).
  3. Add the brown sugar, chili powder, cumin, cocoa powder, oregano, cayenne pepper, coriander and salt. Stir until well combined.
  4. Mix in the diced tomatoes with juice, coffee, tomato paste, beef broth and beer. Stir well.
  5. Stir in 2 cans of drained beans and hot chili peppers.
  6. Bring the liquid to a low boil. Then reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer chili, uncovered, stirring occasionally for 1 1/2 hours.
  7. Add remaining 2 cans of drained beans and stir. Let simmer for 30 minutes.
  8. Remove the pot from heat. Let chili rest before serving (5-10 minutes).

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