Slow Cooker Hawaiian Chili

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I got this recipe from what seems like an unlikely source – my teenage son’s Scout troop. My son had a recent training class where they talked about some new and different meals to make while camping, and after the class, he told me I had to try Hawaiian Chili.

Slow cooker chili.

Find more easy recipes like Instant Pot Pineapple Chili and Slow Cooker Olive Garden Chicken Pasta!

A black slow cooker filled with Hawaiian chili.

So I got the recipe from him and modified it to be made in the crockpot because I like to let the chili simmer away all day. The chili is the perfect combination of sweet and spicy! We make Cincinnati Chili frequently, which uses cocoa to add sweetness, while this Hawaiian Chili uses pineapple and ginger for a distinct flavor.

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It is pretty easy to make, although you do need to brown the ground beef on the stove before you start. After that, it is simply a matter of combining all ingredients in the slow cooker and stirring. The recipe uses convenience foods like salsa and chili beans to make it easy, so you can see why it would be perfect for a camping trip!

A bowl of Slow Cooker Hawaiian Chili with a wooden spoon.

For camping, you would need to brown the meat and onions ahead of time and then combine it all when it was time for dinner. On a campfire or on a stove it would need about an hour of cooking time, or you can do the long, slow cooking in the crockpot that works so well for chili.

Chili is one of my favorite foods, especially for the fall. It is so easy to make early in the day and know that dinner will be waiting when we get home. Since I make chili so often it is good to have a bunch of different variations, and I am sure we will be making this one again soon.

Yield: 6

Slow Cooker Hawaiian Chili

Slow Cooker Hawaiian Chili
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 10 minutes


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 celery stalks, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 Tablespoon ginger
  • 1 can chili beans, 16 oz
  • 1 jar medium salsa, 16 oz
  • 1 can pineapple chunks, 20 oz


  1. In a medium frying pan cook the ground beef until no longer pink.
  2. Drain the beef and add it to the crockpot.
  3. In the same frying pan cook the onions, celery and garlic for 5 minutes.
  4. Add to the crockpot.
  5. Add the chili powder and ginger.
  6. Add the salsa and beans.
  7. Finish with the pineapple.
  8. Stir the entire mixtures, then cover and cook for 3-4 hours on high or 6-8 hours on low.
  9. Garnish with green onions, cheese, sour cream, avocado and tortilla chips.


Nutrition facts are estimates.

Nutrition Information:



Amount Per Serving: Calories: 336Saturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 53mgSodium: 610mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 5gSugar: 18gProtein: 17g
A bowl of Slow Cooker Hawaiian Chili with avocado.

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1 thought on “Slow Cooker Hawaiian Chili”

  1. I have this is my slow cooker tonight. Did a small taste test and tasted really good! Can’t wait to try it after it’s been in the crockpot all night!


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