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Lean & Mean Chili

WebMD Recipe

Lean & Mean Chili

This dish has quite a few interesting ingredients. The flavors come together to make a delicious chili.


  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced or chopped
  • 1 to 1 1/2 pounds beef round tip pieces, trimmed of visible fat
  • 1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes in tomato puree
  • 1 12-ounce bottle nonalcoholc or light beer
  • 2/3 cup strong coffee (decaf or regular)
  • 1/3 cup light pancake syrup
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder (or add more to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander, (or add more to taste)
  • 2 15-ounce cans red kidney beans, drained
  • 1/2 cup shredded reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onion


Step 1
Heat canola oil in a large, nonstick saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onions, garlic, and beef pieces and sauté for about 10 minutes, or until meat is well browned.
Step 2
Stir in the tomatoes, beer, coffee, and pancake syrup. Then stir in the seasonings (chili powder, cumin, cocoa, oregano, cayenne pepper, and coriander). Stir in the beans. 
Step 3
Cover pot, reduce heat to low, and simmer for about an hour.
Step 4
Top each serving with a sprinkle of reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese and fresh chopped green onion, if desired.

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