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

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. 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…

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

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

  3. 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!

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

    The ultimate comfort food. Easy, cheap and delicious

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

    I can testify for how good this is! 😛

  6. 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.

  7. 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

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