Hawaiian Chili Recipe

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Chili is my favorite dish to warm up at dinnertime. Years ago, my father taught me this recipe and I remember being intrigued by his choice of garnish – pineapple. It seemed so exotic at the time!

Over the years, this chili recipe has been tweaked, evolving into our family’s own adaptation. One year, my husband’s Army Unit was having a Chili Fundraiser, and we donated a crockpot of chili. They dubbed it ‘Hawaiian Chili’, because of the pineapple and it was the first to sell out. Next time they held a fundraiser, they offered to loan me a few crockpots, if I would make three batches of the Shay House Hawaiian Chili. How could I say no?

The recipe below won’t make three crockpots full, but it does make more than enough to feed a family and have some leftover. It’s perfect for a small get together, or you can freeze some extras to enjoy later!

Hawaiian Chili Recipe
Makes enough to fill one 7 quart crockpot

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4 to 5 lbs 93% lean ground beef
2 green bell peppers, chopped
2 medium onions, chopped
1 can black beans
1 can dark red kidney beans
1 can pinto beans
1 28oz can of crushed tomatoes
3 15oz cans of diced fire roasted tomatoes or stewed tomatoes.
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
1 bay leaf
3 garlic cloves minced
1 Tbsp chili powder
1 Tbsp dried oregano
1 Rounded tsp ground cloves
1 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp kosher salt
Fresh or canned pineapple chunks

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1. Cook ground meat, garlic, onions and bell peppers in a large pot on medium high heat until beef is browned.

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2. Drain and discard any fat.

3. Drain and rinse the beans.

4. Add the beef mixture and all remaining ingredients – except for the pineapple – into the crock-pot. Stir well.

5. Set crock-pot on low and cook for 8 to 10 hours.

Tip: While this chili tastes best when allowed to cook all day, if you’re short on time, cook it in a slow-cooker on high for 4 to 5 hours.

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6. Just before serving, add the pineapple to your chili. Mix well.

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Serving Suggestions: Garnish with sour cream and sharp cheddar. Serve with tortilla chips or crusty bread. Enjoy!

This isn’t a spicy chili, but it is quite flavorful. People may be hesitant to try a bowl of chili with pineapple in it – but tell them to trust you. The smokiness of the ground cloves compliments the sweetness of the pineapple. Besides, you only live once, and simply must try different things!

Readers – What are your favorite crockpot recipes?

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Rachel is a stay-at-home Mom that never seems to be home. She’s a military wife, mother to The Danger Boys and a self-proclaimed craftaholic that enjoys photography, knitting, baking and all things handmade.

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    My significant other would love this. Personally, I do not care for pineapple that is not cold. I do love a good chili though. I preserve all of the fresh tomato goodness from garden by canning. It is a lot of work but, so much better than store bought.

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