Smokey Chilli
35 min

Smokey Chilli

In the late 1800s, the chilli queens of San Antonio created chilli con carne. They entertained the plaza and supported their families in a time when women weren't supposed to. Hopefully this recipe can inspire you to also do something that isn't supposed to be: a delicious chilli sin carne. The secret ingredient is coffee! You won’t taste it at the end, but it is an essential ingredient to get the ‘smokey’ taste.

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4-5 servings

800 g
800 g

Canned tomatoes
Black beans
Spring onions

Bread and/or rice

100 ml

2 tea sp
1 tea sp
1 tea sp
1 tea sp

2 cloves


Smoked paprika powder


Make it a dinner party 🎉

Dinner Soundtrack: Lydia Mendoza on Spotify. She started her career in the 1930s, right amongst the chilli queens.

An original Aztec chilli recipe includes a bit of cocoa powder. You can also add rice when you have to fill extra hungry mouths.


5 min

  1. Dice onion and mince garlic
  2. Set coffee
  3. Cut spring onions into rings


30 min

pan 1 or 2

Sauté onion

medium heat ~3 min

Add chilli, paprika powder, cumin and garlic

~3 min

Add tomatoes, cinnamon and coffee

simmer ~15 min

Add black beans

drain before adding, simmer with lid on ~10 min

Serve with bread and spring onions

The credit for this recipe goes to 'Eerlijk Eten - Tachtig makkelijke recepten met fairtrade ingrediënten'

This is a recipe from the Fork Ranger book


  1. Libby on April 6, 2023 at 3:52 pm

    I assume by cooking instruction that this two cans of black beans?
    and is the aquafaba drained off?
    Usually approximately 240g drained beans per can so drained weight total approx.480g?

    • Mareike Brühl on April 27, 2023 at 9:29 am

      Hi Libby! Yes, that’s correct. The aquafaba is indeed drained off. I will improve that in the instructions 🙂

  2. Iris on July 15, 2021 at 5:13 pm

    Vandaag voor het eerst gemaakt, erg lekker! Was benieuwd omdat ik zelf geen koffie drinken maar zorgde juist voor een goede smaak. Aanrader

  3. TimM on August 17, 2020 at 8:01 pm

    Loved this recipe!! Great smokey flavor and the coffee is gives it a good depth of flavour. Its great with rice.

  4. Jo Hawkes on July 17, 2020 at 2:40 pm

    I can testify for how good this is! 😛

  5. Mandy on July 9, 2020 at 4:16 pm

    The ultimate comfort food. Easy, cheap and delicious

  6. Arnoldas on July 1, 2020 at 8:37 pm

    Yes, loved this one! Actually, this is one I enjoyed the most as it is also fairly low in carbs! That’s super great!

  7. Tim on June 28, 2020 at 11:41 pm

    So good! The coffee is a great addition and flavour is spot on

  8. Claar on June 3, 2020 at 12:44 pm

    Dit is echt de lekkerste chilli ooit! Echt een favoriet bij ons, veel houdbare ingrediënten dus gemakkelijk in huis en zelfs veel lekkerder dan de meeste chili’s met vlees…

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