Smoky Bacon Chili

By Maria Lichty

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Smoky Bacon Chili-meat lovers will go crazy for this chili. It is made with sausage, beef, and BACON! It is a game day favorite! 

Smoky Bacon Chili Recipe

This is a sponsored post by Hunt’s® tomatoes. All opinions are my own.

It’s less than a week away from the big game and that means it is crunch time. It is time to figure out what is on the menu! We all know the food is the most important part of the game:) I love football, but I love food even more.

I have started a game day food list and it keeps getting longer. There are so many things to make…pretzel bites, nachos, chips and salsa, guacamole, pizza rolls, and this Smoky Bacon Chili. My boys say this is the ultimate game day chili and a MUST for the big game.

Smoky Bacon Chili Recipe

Meat lovers will go crazy for this chili because it is made with sausage, ground beef, and bacon. Bacon in chili? Yep! Josh says it is the secret ingredient that will keep you coming back for more. It adds a nice smokiness to the chili. The chili also has smoked paprika to bring out the smoky flavor.

Smoky Bacon Chili Recipe

The chili is also made with onion, red bell pepper, garlic, Hunt’s Recipe Ready Tomato Paste, Hunt’s Tomato SauceHunt’s Diced Tomatoes, beans, jalapeno, chili powder, cumin, and pure maple syrup. The maple syrup compliments the bacon and adds the perfect amount of sweetness to the chili.

Smoky Bacon Chili Recipe

We like to use Hunt’s Recipe Ready Tomato Paste for this recipe because the pouches contain two tablespoons of tomato paste, the perfect amount for most recipes and this chili. The pouches are so easy to use too and super convenient. We always keep them in our pantry.

Smoky Bacon Chili Recipe

When the chili is done simmering, it is time to load on the toppings! Top with shredded cheese, green onion, jalapeno slices, and sour cream. A loaded bowl of Smoky Bacon Chili is the perfect way to watch the game. And if you can’t wait until game day, this chili makes a great meal any day. Enjoy!

Smoky Bacon Chili Recipe

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Smoky Bacon Chili

This is the ultimate chili recipe, it is made with sausage, beef, AND bacon!
4.58 from 14 votes


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 lb. ground Italian sausage
  • 1 medium yellow onion diced
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 Hunt's Recipe Ready Tomato Paste Packet 2 tablespoons
  • 1 8 oz can Hunt's Tomato Sauce
  • 3 15 oz cans Hunt's Diced Tomatoes
  • 3 15 oz cans small red beans or kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 8 strips cooked bacon chopped
  • 1/3 cup tamed jalapeno slices drained (from a jar)
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon  ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Optional toppings-shredded cheese sour cream, green onion, jalapeno slices


  • In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the beef and sausage and cook until browned, about 8 to 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove the meat from the pan and place on a plate that has been lined with paper towels. Set aside.
  • Add the onion, red pepper, and garlic to the pan and cook until softened, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. Add the tomato paste, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, beans, bacon, and jalapeno slices. Stir until combined and add the cooked sausage and beef.
  • Season with chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, maple syrup, and salt and pepper, to taste. Stir and let the chili simmer on low for 30 minutes or until chili has thickened.
  • Serve the chili warm with desired toppings.

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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. I love the combo of beef, sausage, and bacon in this…I have never thought to put bacon in chili, but it sounds delicious.

  2. Would it be better the second day?? Thinking of making this for a chili cook off and wondering if I should make it the day before. Thanks!

    1. I think chili is always better the second day:) You can definitely make it the day before. Good luck in the cook off!

  3. This recipe sounds almost like what I make. I use Farmland pork sausage with bacon, my own tomato sauce, my own tomato’s a I put in some of my own salsa as well. I never thought of putting in any maple syrup, i might have to try that the next time I make some chili.

  4. I just came here for some inspiration and you didn’t let me down, I have to commend you on a beautifully photographed chili with a “why didn’t I think of that?” twist of bacon, now how about some kind of gourmet bacon….?

    1. haha thanks! I’m Amelia Bedelia when it comes to recipes. It turned out amazing – my 5 year old can’t wait to have it again for lunch tomorrow 🙂

  5. 5 stars
    Thank you for sharing this has turned out great. I’m using the majority of this recipe in a work competition tomorrow. Will let you know how it turns out next week.

  6. This is so super tasty. My husband just loved it! Do you happen to know any of the nutrition facts about this? I just would like to know because I keep track of all the food that I put in my mouth. If you do, could you email me the info at ? I’d really appreciate it. Once again, super yummy! Best chili we’ve ever had!

  7. 5 stars
    I’ve made tons of chili recipes and this is without a doubt the best I’ve had. I make it multiple times every year. The balance of just a little bit of heat with a touch of sweetness from the maple syrup is a perfect balance. And the sausage and bacon add great depth of flavor vs. chili recipes with only ground beef. So well done!!