This is a great alternative to a traditional chili. It is especially great for Spring and Summer as it is much lighter and a bit sweet and spicy. It is very easy to make and can even be done on a camping trip as the ingredients (except for the cheese and bread) are all canned or dry. I actually dreamed about this recipe, woke up the next day and wrote it down. I have never found a similar chili so I consider this a one of a kind creation. I love it for lunch or supper, especially with a slice of swiss cheese melted on top and slice of buttered french bread. It is even better the second day as all the flavors get a chance to meld together.
- 1 (15 ounce) can chunk pineapple (with half the juice)
- 1 (15 1/2 ounce) can pinto beans (drained)
- 1 (15 1/2 ounce) can navy beans (drained)
- 1 (15 1/2 ounce) candiced new potatoes (drained)
- 16 ounces diced ham
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon cumin
- 1⁄8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1⁄2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 garlic clove (chopped)
- 1 teaspoon italian seasoning
- 6 slices swiss cheese
- 1 loaf French bread
- Add all ingredients, EXCEPT for the Swiss cheese & French bread, into a medium size pot and cook until heated through.
- Melt a slice of Swiss cheese on top and serve with French bread.
I won grand champion prize at our church's chili fest using this tasty recipe. Quick and easy to make too!
What an excellent, unique chili recipe. The BF loves any savory dish that contains fruit, so the pineapple was a selling point for us. I used turkey ham because it was a bit lower fat than the regular and on sale, otherwise, we made this as posted. So delicious! We've made this several times and it's part of our usual rotation now.
My DH really liked this! Because I am trying to cut down on our sodium, I used 1 cup of dried pinto beans and 1 cup of dried navy beans. I cooked these, then drained the beans, added the rest of the ingredients, and heated through. Thanks for a very good recipe!