Sweet and Spicy Dr. Pepper Chili

This warm comforting chili gets its sweet and spicy flavors from chipotle peppers and a can of Dr. Pepper.   It is the perfect cold weather dinner.

Sweet and Spicy Dr. Pepper Chili - an amazing bowl of chili that will warm you up in no time

This winter has been the craziest I can remember for a while.  More snow and ice than we have had in a long time that’s for sure.

Yesterday it was 65* and nice, and then today we woke up to snow and 32*.  It’s like spring is just teasing us with a nice day here and there, but then winter comes back with a fierce smack down.  At this rate it might be snowing on Easter day.  I sure hope not!  But that just means another day to enjoy a hot comforting dinner.   

Sweet and Spicy Dr. Pepper Chili - an amazing bowl of chili that will warm you up in no time

Chili is one of the meals we eat the most during the winter months.  Occasionally we even bust out a bowl in the summer, but that’s pretty far and few between.   Usually I like to take what I call the cheater chili approach.  You know the one right?  Open 6 cans of beans, tomatoes, and tomato juice and throw it all in a crock pot.    Haha!  That’s my way of doing dinner.

Thank goodness my hubby does love creating and cooking dinners for us.  This Sweet and Spicy Dr. Pepper Chili is one of his newest creations.  He found this Beer Chili recipe online and modified it to our families preferences.  It is now one of our favorite dinners to enjoy on snowy days.    A can of Dr. Pepper is a great substitute and gives it a light sweet taste.  That sweet taste is needed to offset the spicy chipotle peppers.  The peppers were actually my dinner idea contribution to the chili.  The spicy peppers pair so well with the sweet Dr. Pepper.

We like to eat our chili with cheese, sour cream, and corn chips.  In our house it isn’t chili unless those three sides come along with the chili.  Feel free to eat the chili your own way.  It also makes a pretty decent sized portion.  You can freeze the extra chili for another dinner later.   I love having an extra dinner in our freezer for those crazy busy days.  You just have to remember to thaw it out ahead of time…or use the microwave.  Either one works.

Sweet and Spicy Dr. Pepper Chili - an amazing bowl of chili that will warm you up in no time


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Sweet and Spicy Dr. Pepper Chili

Prep Time: 40 minutes

Sweet and Spicy Dr. Pepper Chili

Dr. Pepper and chipotle peppers give this chili a sweet and spicy taste that is absolutely delicious.


2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 cup shredded carrots
1 red pepper, finely diced
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 Tablespoon minced garlic
2 pounds ground beef
4 Tablespoons corn flour (Masa)
2 Tablespoons chili powder
1 Tablespoon dried oregano
1 Tablespoon cumin
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 - 28 ounce cans crushed tomatoes
2 - 14 ounce cans kidney beans
1 - 12 ounce can Dr. Pepper
1 - 7 ounce can chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, cut up
Sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese, and corn chips


  1. Heat up the olive oil in large sauce pan. Add the carrots, red pepper, onion, and garlic and saute for 5 minutes. Set aside.
  2. Add the ground beef to the vegetables and cook for about 8-10 minutes or until completely brown. Make sure to break apart the meat as it cooks. Drain some of the grease off if desired. Stir in the corn flour, chili powder, oregano, and cumin and cook 2-3 minutes longer.
  3. Stir in the salt, brown sugar, crushed tomatoes, kidney beans, Dr. Pepper, and chipotle peppers. Heat over medium heat until it is thoroughly heated through and the flavors blend together. Serve with cheese, sour cream, and corn chips if desired.


*Recipe adapted from A Spicy Perspective

**You can freeze the leftovers to enjoy on another day.



More soup recipes that we enjoy on cold days:

Creamy Potato & Bacon Soup title

Creamy Potato Bacon Soup

Spicy Rice and Chicken Soup title

Spicy Rice and Chicken Soup

Potato Soup

Nacho Potato Chowder


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  1. says

    Totally agree that it’s not chili if it doesn’t include cheese, sour cream, and corn chips! Yum!

    And my cheater pants version of chili involves a packet of chili seasoning (actually, we use it so much I have a Costco sized jar of it) a can of sauce, and pound of beef, cooked on the stove for 10 minutes. It’s ridiculous what a cheater I can be.

    This one though? This makes me want to live a little and experiment with a can of Dr. Pepper!
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  2. says

    Our weather was the same! Crazy – messes with my head – I can’t figure out what to wear! Thanks for helping me figure out what to eat though – I love Coke ham, so Dr. Pepper chili is right up my alley!

  3. Nancy says

    We had chili today but not with Dr. Pepper in it. Although that sounds interesting, I’m not sure I could get my hubby to go along with that. I’ll have to try it at your house one of these days. :-)

  4. Deanna Bushman says

    Man, this chili was good. We shredded our carrot instead of dicing, and used four 14.5 oz cans of a mix of fireroasted and regular diced tomatoes. We topped ours with shredded habanero cheddar.

    Winter is coming… but this chili can fend it off for one more day (more like four, because holy moly did I end up with a lot of leftovers, not that I’m complaining). 😉

    • says

      I am so glad you liked the chili. And now that you mention it…I think we shredded our carrot too. I better fix that! Yes, the chili does make a lot, but it freezes well if you want to do that and have a dinner made ahead of time :-)

  5. Tria says

    I’m using this recipe to do our chili cook off at work! Hope I win! I was wondering this will be in a crock pot. How long should I set it? or when should I start prepping? This is my first time using crock pot, but I’m sure everyone will love this. Thank you so much for sharing.

    • says

      Hi, Tria. I have actually never made it in a crock pot. I would suggest making it on the stove as the recipe is, then transfer it to a slow cooker to keep it warm. Fingers crossed you win!!! Keep me posted!

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