3rd Annual Chili Contest: Entry #2 – Maui Chili


I’m so confused by my Illini. Yes, we played a non-BCS over the weekend…but we beat the snot out of them. My feeling on Saturday must be what it’s like for Alabama or USC each Saturday. Pummeling other teams is kind of…fun. There was no bore factor to touchdown after touchdown. None at all.

There was also no bore factor with last week’s chili contest recipe. The name alone, “Maui Chili”, piqued my interest. Moving along to the ingredient list you know it will either end in complete horror or bliss — pineapple (!), 1/2 cup chili powder (!), honey (!), cornmeal (!)!! Without a doubt, hands down, this ingredient list is the most eclectic I’ve ever cooked with. I felt like I was on Master Chef and given a box of the most odd ball ingredients and yet the result was fan-flipping-tastic.


I was talking to my mom on Friday before making the trip to Chicago and we pow-wow’ed on what she had on hand, what I would bring, and what she needed to buy.Of course I remembered to bring only half of what I had committed to. I have the memory of a tadpole. Good thing the grocery store is walking distance and it was beautiful weather.

The ingredient list is long, but it’s so incredibly healthy, flavorful, and unique. You won’t regret the effort involved in this one. Promise. It’s just a lot of chopping, so have everything ready to go before you fire up the stock pot.


My parents had their neighbors over to partake (hi, Laurie!), and my brother was sent home with a few dips to try. My brother texted, “AWESOME chili!!!!! :)” and the neighbors both went back for seconds. Me, too!

This bean-free chili is not for the weak, however. Go easy on the cayenne and jalapenos if you’re weary of the heat. This chili certainly offered up plenty of warmth! Yet the pineapple and honey work against that heat just a bit. Trying something totally new like this recipe is reason #1232190 I love chili contests :)


Q&A tomorrow! :)

Be well,


  1. I think the pineapple + chili + honey + cornmeal combo sounds divine! Plus, at 238 calories per cup this is ridiculously healthy. I’ll pass it along to my carnivore bf to see if he wants to make it sometime. I think he will and it will be a hit when he brings his leftovers in to work!

  2. It sure sounds good to me! It might not be my regular chili but good for a change!

  3. Man I wish we were still playing each other in football… lol

    Mizzou is bracing itself for a beating this year. But we’ll get the hang of the SEC sooner than later (hopefully!).

  4. YUM!
    I love the unique ingredient list. Sometimes the the ingredients you would have been least likely to think they work, actually turn out the best. :)

  5. Laurie Craig says:

    This chili was deee-lish! And my lips (and cheeks) had lots of color from the spices and hot peppers – no lipstick required for the rest of the night! All kidding aside, this was super-tasty and I would make this one at home. Thanks for the treat, Nicole!

  6. Holy shizz – 1/2 a cup of chili powder – yowza! Love that it turned out – it would have been awful if you did all that work and it tasted like ass!

  7. If you add beer, no longer gluten free. :-)

  8. So the little guy’s birthday party is October 6. We’re doing a hot dog bar and I’m going to make chili as a topping option. I realized this week you won’t have the winner for the contest by then!

  9. This sounds so good – I love adding pineapple to chili, and cornmeal is just a good idea in general. This sounds awesome.

  10. Do you think I could use tofu or beans instead of the chicken to make it veg?

    • Joy: Absolutely! I think either would be wonderful. I would either cube the tofu and bake so that it holds together a bit or use a northern bean. YUM!

  11. This sounds amazing! I’m totally going to be trying this now that the weather has already started turning cooler.

  12. Just made this recipe tonight for our church’s “Fire & Ice” (Homemade Chili, Ice cream and Cornbread) competition and I won 1st Place in the “Hot” chili category. I had so many compliments on it. I didn’t put the beer in and I varied slightly on some of the spice amounts, but it was a hit. My husband thought it was great and had just the right amount of heat, I thought it was really spicy but I loved the sweet with the spicy. So I just wanted to say thanks for sharing this!

  13. I plan on making this for an upcoming Halloween Chili Cookoff. How do you think this will fare if I keep it warm (low setting) in a crockpot until judging?


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