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Aloha Chili

Pineapple and brown sugar give this out-of-the-ordinary chili a tropical taste. Everyone who samples it is pleasantly surprised, and they often request a second bowl. —Dyan Cornies, Vernon, British Columbia
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings (about 2 quarts)


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 can (20 ounces) pineapple chunks, undrained
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15-3/4 ounces) pork and beans
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar


  • In a Dutch oven, cook beef and onion over medium heat until no meat is no longer pink; drain.
  • Stir in the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20 minutes or until heated through.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 371 calories, 11g fat (5g saturated fat), 56mg cholesterol, 711mg sodium, 44g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 7g fiber), 27g protein.

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  • Pat
    Mar 10, 2021

    This was an immediate family favorite. I have made it many times and have also modified it for diced or shredded chicken and diced or shredded pork. All three are hits in our household of six

  • sarahsfavfan
    Jun 18, 2018

    The only chili I will eat. So good!

  • Cherry
    Jan 6, 2018

    I have been making this for many years. I leave out the kidney beans as I do not care for them. My husband and daughter love this chili too. Best of all it is so simple to make and leftovers taste great.

  • 2124arizona
    Jul 10, 2017

    This recipe is a winner!! I'll be fixing this again!

  • 75Sally
    Feb 22, 2015

    Love this recipe! The only thing I changed is that I serve it on rice and sprinkle cheddar cheese.

  • mamaknowsbest
    Jun 24, 2013

    This is a great twist on chili. It would not replace our regular classic chili recipe but sometimes it is nice to have something a little different. We took it camping and it seemed very appropriate for warm weather chili!

  • nictay
    Mar 15, 2013

    This recipe came out awesome! I added some cooked bacon and several serrano peppers to spicen it up. After cooking it, I threw it in a slow cooker and let it keep cooking on low for an hour or two. It was amazing. I accidentally used a 1/2 cup of brown sugar, but it was great. Next time I'll stick to a 1/4 cup. Chili cookoff tomorow, we'll see how it goes.

  • VictoriaElaine
    Sep 5, 2012

    I decided to make this recipe when I was looking for a way to use up some crushed pineapple that was leftover from another recipe. I didn't want to make such a big batch, however, so I made some adjustments to the recipe. I cut the 2 lbs of ground beef down to 1 lb of pork sausage. Used about 1/3 cup onion, reduced the ketchup to 1/2 cup, substituted 20 oz crushed pineapple for the pineapple chunks, used 2 Tablespoons of brown sugar and eliminated the vinegar. Left the kidney beans & pork & beans as is. Loved the sweetness the pineapple adds to this recipe - what a nice change from traditional chili! Comes together quickly. Will be making this one again.

  • gingerriss
    Mar 1, 2012

    ugh wish I could have said I liked it. I didnt think the combination of items tasted good together.

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