Hispaniola Coffee Chili

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 30 mins

The flavors in this really interesting chili are drawn from ingredients used by the Spaniards who settled in the West Indies on the islands now called Cuba and Hispaniola. It's not your everyday chili!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Brown the meat in a large Dutch oven, cook the beef over medium-high heat, about 4-5 minutes.
  2. Remove contents from the Dutch oven and set aside. Reduce heat to medium low and add onions and saute until translucent, about 3 minutes.
  3. Add garlic and cook 1 minute.
  4. Replace meat and add bay leaves, chili powder, cumin, nutmeg, pepper, allspice, salt, thyme, capers, olives, chiles, coffee, molasses, and tomatoes. Simmer uncovered for 20 minutes.
  5. Finish the chili: Add raisins and simmer uncovered for 10 minutes. Garnish with almonds. Serve hot over cooked rice.


Most Helpful

I absolutely loved the combination of flavors in this! It reminded me a lot of picadillo, and it was absolutely delicious. And it was so easy to make for this novice cook! Will definitely make this again! Made for ZWT9.

Marcasite Queen August 06, 2013

We loved this chili! So different and flavorful. Since we are no-carbing we left the rice out. I decided not to sprinkle with almonds too. Will definately make this again. Thanks Annacia!

YaYa June 15, 2007

I first made this chili for a coffee themed dinner party where it garnered rave reviews! In making it again for the umpteenth time, I realize I had not yet rated it. Silly me! Worth every bit of 5 stars and more! Made as written with buffalo meat instead of beef (oh, OK, so I did put in a bit more garlic). It is now my go-to chili. Thanks, Annacia, for posting!

Glori-B September 04, 2014

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