Heat a medium saucepan over medium-high heat and cook the bacon until tender but not crispy.
Add the onion and garlic and saute until the onion is tender.
Add the tomatoes and their juices along with the chicken base and sugar. Stir and season with salt and pepper.
Reduce heat to a simmer and let simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes.
Fresh okra: Add okra and cook another 20 minutes.
Frozen okra: Add okra and cook another 10 minutes.