Almost like Zippy’s Chili

As you may or may not know, my boyfriend and I grew up in Hawaii and we have many cravings for food that we cannot get here.  Therefore, I try to cook a lot of our favorite local dishes from home, that we are not able to get here.  My boyfriend loves chili, but not any kind of chili, he craves ONLY Zippy’s Chili.  Zippy’s is a fast food restaurant in  Hawaii, where you can get everything from pancakes to a Korean Fried Chicken plate.  And, I must say everything tastes home cooked and delicious!  There is something about the chili from Zippy’s, that you cannot find anyone else.  It is a little bit sweet and not spicy at all.  I think it is basically comfort food for us, as we can get frozen Zippy’s Chili at a few stores out here.  However, it just doesn’t taste the same for some reason.

I found a few recipes online that tried to duplicate Zippy’s chili and tried them and made a few adjustments for my final recipe that has been boyfriend approved. 



  • 1 1/2 pound grass fed hamburger
  • 4 Tablespoons Chili Powder
  • 2 Beef Bouillon Cubes
  • 2 Tablespoons Garlic Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon of Sea Salt
  • ½ White Onion, finely chopped
  • 3 Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 1 – 16 ounce can of Pinto Beans
  • 2 – 16 ounce cans of Dark Red Kidney Bean
  • 1 – 8 ounce can of tomato sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon of Mayonnaise
  • 2 Tablespoons of Brown sugar

Place garlic cloves and onion in food processor and mix until finely minced.   Sauteè in large pot with olive oil for a minute, stirring frequently.  After a minute or when onions look translucent, then add ground beef.  Brown and break down ground beef well.  Blend pinto beans and half a can of kidney beans in food processor for 45 seconds.  Place bean mixture with all other ingredients into pot, except for the mayonnaise. 

Cook chili mixture over medium high heat, while stirring frequently.  When chili comes to a boil turn heat down to medium and add mayonnaise.  Stir mayonnaise into chili very well and let cook over low heat for about 1 hour, stirring frequently.  Taste and add sea salt and chili powder to your liking.

Serve over rice or over a hot dog in a bun.  Enjoy!!!! Please let me know if you agree that it tastes like Zippy’s Chili!



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