10 Eye-Opening Dinner Recipes with Brewed Coffee as an Ingredient
Next time you're about to toss a half-pot of leftover coffee down the drain, consider using it in your next dinner recipe. Yes, dinner. Cooking with coffee brings out rich, smoky, robust, and earthy flavors in savory dishes. Try some of our favorite main dish recipes enriched with fresh-brewed coffee, and you'll never look at that morning cup the same way again.
And a bonus of cooking with coffee? Chock-full of antioxidants, coffee is actually good for you.
Roast with Gravy
For this braised beef recipe, the meat is seared until browned, then cooked low and slow in brewed coffee until it's fork-tender.
Slow Cooker Barbequed Pork for Sandwiches
Boneless pork roast, strong coffee, beef broth, and a shot of whiskey mingle together for a few hours in your slow cooker. Magic ensues.
This top-rated chili gets its kick from coffee, beer, chili peppers, and wasabi.
Gabe's Coffee-Crusted Hanger Steak with Apple, Fennel, and Herb Salad
This coffee + spice rub enhances the flavor of steak, pork, and chicken. Here, it's used on a grilled hanger steak that's served up with a crisp, colorful salad.
Dave's Mocha Chicken
Coffee, sherry, brown sugar, and soy sauce create a flavorful marinade for chicken. "My husband and I were unanimous aboout a 5-star rating for this recipe," says VELISHA. "I added about a teaspoon of dark cocoa powder and a few dashes of cayenne pepper."
Ham with Red Eye Gravy
Bitter coffee marries with sweet, smoky pan drippings. You’ll use cold leftover coffee to create a tasty gravy to spoon over fried slices of ham.
Instant Pot® Vegan Chili con Yaca
Here's one for the Instant Pot! Stout beer and coffee lend a depth of flavor and body to this simple chili. "This Texas-style chili uses chunks of jackfruit mixed with beans and veggies to create a hearty meal even meat lovers will enjoy," says Buckwheat Queen. "Using bitters, liquid smoke, and dark soy sauce creates a smooth flavor similar to Worcestershire sauce. Serve with cheese, sour cream, and avocado if desired."
Standing Roast Beef
This special-occasion roast is marinated in coffee for more than eight hours to add an earthy, smoky flavor, earning it a solid 5-start rating from Allrecipes reviewers.
Slow Cooker Au Jus Pot Roast
Beef chuck roast slowly cooks with a mixture of black coffee, steak seasoning, Worcestershire sauce, and tomato sauce. "Incredible flavor! You may not think the combination of ingredients would work but the outcome was wonderful," says bondie.
No Fuss Shredded Beef Tacos
"The coffee adds a hint of smokiness and assists with tenderizing the meat as it cooks," says rknotthere. "Serve with warm tortillas and your favorite taco toppings."