Thursday, August 9, 2012

Hawaiian Chili

This chili isn't really Hawaiian, I don't think.  I call it Hawaiian Chili because my sister-in-law taught it to me, and she learned it in Hawaii from friends who were living in Hawaii at the time.  Therefore, in my head, it's Hawaiian.  So the other day when I googled "Hawaiian chili" I was kind of surprised to see all sorts of recipes calling for ham and pineapple, and not a single one calling for taco seasoning.  Amazing, I know.  I guess this chili is probably equivalent to the "American pizza" I ate in Brazil, which was American because it had corn on it.  Yeah.  Well, whatever, you don't care, right?

3 Types of Beans
My babiest brother came to visit a couple weeks ago.  I loved having him here.  Not only is he my brother and I love him, but he also was so mature and helpful that it just amazed me.  My phone beeped?  He was off the couch to pick it up for me before I could lift a finger.  Dishes needed washed?  He helped until they were completely DONE.  Baby needed watching?  For the week he was here, Malachi thought Dan was the next-best thing to Daddy and Mommy.  And did Dan get super bored?  Probably, but he never mentioned it or complained.  When Sam came to visit a few years ago by himself, I had no children, so we went hiking and went to an amusement park and all sorts of stuff.  When Dan came, I have a child and some serious morning sickness, so we went to....Goodwill.  Also the grocery store.  And to get ice-cream once.  He did go to a movie with my hubby, and we went "out to eat" at Cook-Out and then shoe shopping!  Awesome!  But I think he had fun, regardless.  He's a trooper.

Nothing smells better.

He's had this chili before, and he ate it for lunch the following two days, so I figured it was a good bet to make it again.  I was right.

Malachi enjoyed his chlii, too.
This is a great dish to make for company - it's cheap, it's really easy, and everybody loves it.  I've made it in a crockpot or on the stove - you can really do what you want.  You don't have to add the onions or the dried cilantro if you don't want to.  Also, you should really use fresh cilantro, but I was out, and in the spirit of full disclosure I am giving you the recipe exactly as I made it.

Hawaiian Chili
  • one pound ground beef
  • 3 cans of beans - choose any three different varieties that you like.  I used black beans, kidney beans, and white beans this time.
  • 1 small onion, or half a large onion
  • 2 cans Rotel tomatoes with green chilis
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 1 packet Ranch seasoning
  • dried or fresh cilantro, to taste

Brown the beef, onions, and dried cilantro together in a pan and drain the grease.  If you are using fresh cilantro, add it closer to the end.  Stir together all ingredients and heat through in a crock pot or a stock pot.  Serve with cheese, sour cream, and rice.  Enjoy!


  1. Yippee! Our friends chili was good and it's great that it passed down from her to us to you! You can try it on us when we come but for myself, I prefer without the cilantro.
    I love your food "model!" Hehe!
    Happy cooking!

  2. The little man knows a good thing when it's put in front of him. We should have a chili meal and everyone made a different kind. Mindy had an interesting one too. Maybe to kick off or wrap up this next Bible study.