Filet of Beef Roasted With Coffee Beans, Pasilla Chi

READY IN: 1hr 15mins
Recipe by Ms B.

I adopted this recipe when Mean Chef (IHHDRO) left the site. I haven't yet tried it, but will submit my own comments or amendments when I do. This recipe is originally from Robert Del Grande.

Top Review by rosslare

Very good and very different from anything I ever made or had before. I scaled down to 2 portions, just in case. This is fillet of beef rolled in coffee grains and cocoa powder, I used espresso coffee, no grains to be detected in the end product. I was a bit dubious about it, nice but maybe needing something...? The pasilla sauce is also something else, very, very good!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Tie the filet of beef with butcher twine at 1/2-inch intervals.
  2. Rub the filet well with salt and pepper.
  3. Rub the filet with the olive oil.
  4. Combine the ground coffee, cocoa powder and cinnamon and mix well.
  5. Spread the mixture over a work surface and roll the filet in the mixture to evenly coat the beef.
  6. Allow to marinate approximately 30 minutes.
  7. Preheat oven to 400 Degrees F.
  8. Place the filet on a roasting rack in a roasting pan.
  9. Roast the filet for 10 minutes.
  10. Immediately lower the heat to 250 degrees F.
  11. After 20 minutes, check the internal temperature of the filet (125 degrees F for medium rare or 135 degrees F for medium).
  12. If further cooking is necessary, return the beef to the oven (still set at 250 degrees F) and slowly roast to the desired temperature.
  13. Remove the filet from the oven and keep warm.
  14. Before carving, remove the string.
  15. Slice the filet into 1/4-inch thick slices.
  16. Ladle some of the Pasilla Chile Broth over the filet.
  17. Garnish with watercress sprigs.
  18. SAUCE: Heat a saucepan over medium high heat.
  19. Add the butter and sauté the onion and garlic cloves until nicely browned.
  20. Add the pieces of pasilla chile and tortilla pieces and slowly sauté until the ingredients are golden brown.
  21. Lower the heat to medium low if necessary.
  22. Add the chicken stock.
  23. Bring the stock to a boil, then simmer, lightly covered, for approximately10 minutes.
  24. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.
  25. Transfer the ingredients to blender and puree for approximately 1 minute or until smooth.
  26. Pass the sauce through a sieve to remove any chunky pieces.
  27. Add the cream, salt and brown sugar and blend.
  28. The sauce should not be too thick.
  29. If too thick, add some addition chicken stock or water to correct to a light consistency.
  30. Reserve until ready to serve.

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