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zenbelly chili 2.0

Zenbelly Chili 2.0

  • Author: Simone Miller
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 120 minutes
  • Total Time: 135 minutes
  • Yield: 4 - 6 servings
  • Category: Main Course
  • Cuisine: American


  • 2 tablespoons lard, bacon fat, or avocado oil
  • 1 large onion, (diced)
  • 5 cloves garlic, (roughly chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons ancho chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 1/2 pounds beef chuck, (cut into 1-inch pieces)
  • 1 cup brewed coffee
  • 1 28 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons chipotle paste or chopped chipotle peppers in adobo

for serving:

  • dairy-free sour cream or sour cream
  • sliced green onions
  • sliced avocado


  1. Heat the lard in a large, heavy-bottomed pot over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook for 5 minutes, or until it starts to soften. Add the garlic, tomato paste, chili powder, coriander, cumin, salt, smoked paprika, and cinnamon and cook for another minute or two, stirring constantly, until very fragrant. 
  2. Add the beef, coffee, tomatoes, and chipotle paste. Stir, scraping up any browned bits that are stuck to the bottom of the pan. 
  3. Bring the chili to a simmer. Turn the heat down to low and cook, partially covered, for 2 hours, or until the meat is very tender. 
  4. Serve topped with sour cream, green onions, and avocado, if desired. 



  1. After completing Step 2, transfer the contents to a slow cooker.
  2. Cook on low for 8 – 10 hours, or until the meat is very tender. 


  1. Use just 1/2 cup of coffee and drain the juices from the tomatoes before adding them. 
  2. After completing Step 2, transfer the contents to a pressure cooker. Secure the lid and cook on high pressure for 35 minutes.
  3. Allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes before turning the valve to release the remaining pressure.