Bacon Chili with Coffee – Instapot, Crockpot or Stovetop

bacon chili with coffee in an instapot, stovetop, or crockpot

Today, you are going to be making bacon chili with a secret ingredient. Hug in a Mug coffee! I had a blast teaching you guys how to make this recipe on video. I have no shortage of chili recipes on my website, but I felt overdue for a new one inspired by our new coffee. I have been talking about nothing but coffee and bacon for five years, so it was time I created my own coffee. Not only is this bacon chili with coffee delicious, it’s versatile. You can make this in an instapot, crockpot, or stovetop and all the instructions are included below.

Bacon Chili with Coffee (Hug in a Mug)

So as I mentioned above, we just launched the first ever physical civilized caveman product. It’s the nectar of the gods, Coffee! We created a custom roast and blend of the highest quality coffee for you to drink. We named it Hug in a Mug Coffee. We named it that mainly because it tastes so good, it loves you from the inside out.

This coffee ships directly to anyone in the United States. If you are outside of the U.S., here are some options:

Now you have no more excuses for drinking crappy coffee that is burnt and moldy. We made it easy to acquire and enjoy the best coffee on the planet (self-proclaimed). I also decided there was no better way to announce it than to cook with it after I drank a few cups.

So now you have this delicious bacon chili that has a deepened flavor with our secret hug in a mug coffee!

bacon chili

There will be many more recipes to come for both cooking with coffee and different ways to enjoy drinking the coffee itself. If you have any questions or ideas, leave them in the comments below.

For the cooking of this Chili recipe, these are the tools I used and what you asked about on our live stream video:

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Bacon Chili with Coffee
Serves: 4
  1. Place your diced bacon in the bottom of a large dutch oven or stockpot
  2. Start cooking over medium heat, stirring occasionally so the bacon doesn't stick
  3. Continue cooking until your bacon is browned (approximately 5-6 minutes)
  4. Add your onion and peppers and stir well allowing to cook for 5 minutes
  5. Add your ground beef (or pork, or 50/50), hug in a mug coffee, paprika, garlic, chili powder and salt and pepper stirring well
  6. Continue breaking up the meat while it cooks until cooked through
  7. Add your fire roasted tomatoes, tomato sauce, and tomato paste and stir well
  8. Allow your chili to continue to cook for 10-15 minutes for all the flavors to meld together
  9. Serve immediately or turn the heat down to low and let it simmer until ready
  10. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 7 days or freeze in ziplock bags for easy meals for up to 6 months
  1. Press the saute button on the instapot
  2. Add your bacon and beef (or pork, or 50/50) and stir often until cooked through
  3. Add all of your remaining ingredients and lock the lid on the instapot
  4. Press the keep warm/cancel button and then the meat/stew button
  5. Ensure the steam valve is closed
  6. Once the chili is done, the instapot will switch to keep warm automatically
  7. You can allow the pressure to release naturally or use the quick release
  8. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 7 days or freeze in ziplock bags for easy meals for up to 6 months
  1. Cook your bacon and beef (or pork, or 50/50) in a large skillet over medium heat until no longer pink
  2. Transfer your cooked meat, including the fat into the bottom of your crockpot
  3. Add all of your remaining ingredients, mix well and cover
  4. Cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours
  5. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 7 days or freeze in ziplock bags for easy meals for up to 6 months
This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled by just adjusting all ingredients


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  1. Does the bacon stay crispy in the chili? This is important to me. If not, I will just have to remove it before adding the veggies, and put it in while serving.

  2. Nice flavor with the coffee! At first thought all the spices would be overwhelming but it worked. Next time I’ll try grinding the grinds a little finer, as the coffee I used was a little coarse.

  3. We just made this today and everyone LOVED it! Such an awesome smokey flavor and was perfectly seasoned (I find myself usually adding lots more seasoning than recipes call for). Will definitely be making this one over and over. Thanks so much for sharing it!

  4. This chili is wonderful!! I made it last week and even my non-paleo eating boyfriend loved it. We ate it plain, made loaded sweet potato fries and used it on a baked potato. Super versatile chili.

    I make at least one of your recipes a week, and they are the only paleo recipes my boyfriend likes… Thanks so much for continuously bringing wonderful options!

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