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Spice up summer with a hearty Bacon & Pepper Tomato Chili! Fresh tomatoes, bacon, beef, pork, spices, and sweet notes. Customize to taste.

A crockpot full of Spicy Summer Tomato Chili with Bacon and Peppers..
Photo by Jayce Wilson
  • Yield: Approximately 12-14 servings (varies based on serving size)
  • Prep Time: Approximately 30 minutes
  • Total Time: Approximately 2 hours 30 minutes (includes cooking time)


Get ready to spice up your summer with this delicious Spicy Summer Tomato Chili with Bacon and Peppers recipe! This hearty chilli is made with fresh ripe tomatoes, bacon, ground beef and pork, a variety of peppers, and a blend of seasonings, including chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, chilli powder, cumin, and oregano. The addition of Dr. Pepper and brown sugar gives it a unique sweet and savoury flavour. Top it off with cheese and sour cream, and you have the perfect summer meal! This recipe is easy to customize to your own taste, whether you want it spicier or thicker. Don’t miss out on this flavorful and satisfying dish.


  • 4 lbs fresh ripe tomatoes
  • 1 lbs bacon, diced
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 3 onions, chopped
  • 1 head garlic, chopped
  • 6 jalapeno peppers, chopped
  • 1 each green, red, yellow, and orange bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 tsp seasoning salt
  • 2 canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce chopped
  • 4 tbsp chilli powder
  • 1 tbsp whole oregano
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 2 tsp dry mustard powder
  • 1 can Dr. Pepper
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, or to taste
  • 2-3 cans Heinz Chili Style Beans
  • 1-2 cans tomato paste, or until desired thickness


  1. Blanch and peel the 4 lbs of fresh ripe tomatoes. Dice and then set them aside.

  2. In a large pot or Dutch oven, brown the diced bacon over medium heat. Once cooked, remove the bacon bits and set them aside.

  3. In the same pot with the bacon fat, brown the ground beef and pork.

  4. Chop the onions, garlic, jalapeno peppers, and bell peppers.

  5. Add the chopped onions, garlic, jalapeno peppers, and half of the bell peppers and tomatoes to the pot with the browned meat. Cook until the vegetables are softened.

  6. Stir in the seasoning salt, chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, chilli powder, oregano, cumin, and dry mustard powder.

  7. Pour in the can of Dr. Pepper and add the brown sugar. Adjust the amount of brown sugar to your taste preference.

  8. Add the tomato paste gradually until you reach your desired thickness for the chilli. Too much tomato paste will overpower the flavour of the chilli, leaving a solid tomatoey taste.

  9. Simmer the chilli on medium heat for 1-1/2 hours, stirring occasionally.

  10. In the last 30 minutes of cooking, add the remaining tomatoes, bell peppers and Heinz Chili Style Beans to the chilli. At this point, do not overcook, as the vegetables and beans will turn to mush and dissolve into the chilli.

  11. Once the chilli is cooked, serve it hot with cheese and sour cream and enjoy!


  • You can adjust the chilli’s seasonings, sugar, and thickness to your taste as you cook. Taste test and make any necessary adjustments accordingly.
  • For less spicy chilli, omit or only use one can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. However, the chipotle peppers in adobo sauce add a nice subtle smokiness to the chilli.

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