Four Meaty Recipes with Coffee Flavors

We love coffee! We’re a country of coffee fans. And, as coffee has health benefits, that’s great. But, we want more than just the drink!

We know that the fancy drinks from the coffee shops can be loaded with sugar. And now there is the very “in” whipped coffee that can be made keto-style. There is also the creamy bulletproof coffee that it supplanted as being the trendy, low-carb go-to. Black coffee is excellent, and studies show it holds beneficial properties. But, when we want to get away from just basic coffee, we head to the kitchen and start cooking instead of looking toward drinks!

Today, we’re sharing four low-carb, delicious dishes that all contain coffee. Coffee can be used as a seasoning that will get you into a less traditional way of thinking! We love broadening our recipe repertoire because we find ourselves defaulting to the same recipes time and again. Get out of your rut and try something new today!  

Keto Smokey Coffee Rub Chicken Thighs


While you can swap in any cut of the chicken for this recipe, we wouldn’t suggest it. The darker meat of the thigh tastes excellent with this dry rub made from instant coffee, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, cinnamon and cumin. It acts like a traditional barbecue rub but without the sugar. You don’t have to crank up the grill; these thighs are cooked in the oven and are packed with flavor! A serving has 202 calories, 0.6 grams of carbs and .2 grams of fiber. Get the recipe.

Air Fryer Salmon


The coffee rub of this salmon makes it earth and delicious. Air frying gives it crispy skin while cutting down on the fat used to cook! It’s also ready in less than 10 minutes. The method helps keep the salmon cooked to the right temperature. Salmon is great for its healthy fats, and the flavor holds up well against the delicious, strong, slightly sweet coffee rub! A serving has 516 calories, two grams of carbs and one gram of fiber. Get the recipe.

Coffee Barbecue Pork Belly


Coffee, barbecue and pork belly come together perfectly in this dish. It’s smoky, a little sweet, juicy on the inside and crispy outside! This recipe uses instant espresso for a deep coffee flavor that you mix with a dry rub. You have to take steps to make a sauce to cook the meat in, bake the pork and sear it once it’s done. So, this might be a perfect meal for a night when you have a longer time to cook, and the thermometer has dropped a bit! A serving has 644 calories, 3.4 grams of carbs and 0.8 grams of fiber. Get the recipe.

Chorizo Skillet Chili


This recipe is easy, fast and perfect for busy nights. It’s great for cooler, early fall evenings when you want to warm up but still don’t want to add heat to your house! The recipe calls for homemade chorizo, but you can use store-bought if that’s easier. It’s just nice to make it at home as you know exactly what’s in it! The recipe uses but cocoa and coffee to add smokiness and depth to the meal. A serving is 335 calories, 12 grams of carbs and four grams of fiber. Get the recipe.

One of these four tasty dishes is sure to satisfy any coffee lover at mealtime. As the weather starts to become cooler, they might become favorites in your home!

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