Summer Harvest Chili

Summer Harvest Meat Chili 3

Ah, summer. Who doesn’t love long, warm, sun-filled days of lounging and resting. Unfortunately, not all summer days are sunshine filled. Summer storms can dampen even the brightest mood and force you to forgo your BBQ plans. Don’t fear! You can still enjoy the tastes of summer by reaping the rewards of your summer harvest and packing your favourite winter meal chock-full of summer produce.

Chili is a great dish to feed a crowd on a budget. I prefer to serve my chili on-top a bowl of pasta and covered in veggies and sour cream. But, if you are part of Team Toast, I don’t judge!

Summer Harvest  Chili

Chili Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 2 jalapenos, diced
  • 1/3 cup carrots, diced
  • 1/3 cup zucchini, diced
  • 3 bell peppers (red, yellow, green and/or orange), diced
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (796 ml), liquid drained
  • 1 can tomato paste (156 ml)
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili flakes
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Suggested Toppings:

  • Jalapenos
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Green onions
  • Sour cream


  • In medium-large dutch oven, brown and drain ground pork and ground beef. Add onions and cook over medium heat for 3 minutes. Add remaining ingredients, stir, cover and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring often.
  • Serve over noodles or with toast. Top with favourite toppings. Leftovers are perfect to bring for lunches!

Serves 6

Summer Harvest Chili


  1. Looks delicious! Love the colours too! I like that you added a lot of fresh vegetables, makes it less heavy and perfect for the summer. I would love it with a bowl of noodles !

  2. Chili has always been a wintertime food for me, but your recipe has changed my mind! Will definitely have to pin this for later 🙂

  3. diversivore

    I like that you went heavy on the veggies here Amanda. It strikes a nice balance between fresh and filling that way. I’d take a bowl or three for sure 🙂

  4. Justine @

    I love this lightened up chilli! I would have never thought to make chilli on a summer day and really enjoy this concept. Have a great weekend, Amanda!

  5. I love how colourful this recipe is- and a great use of the summer’s bounty! I also pinned it for later 😉

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