Dr. Lori Gottlieb Shares Her Tips for a Mentally Healthy 2021

Read More

‘There Will Be No Healing Without Justice’

Read More

My Sunday ‘To Be’ List

Read More

View other
Sunday Papers

View All

Hawaiian-Style Chili

Move over, Texas and Cincinnati. The Hawaiian take on America’s favorite stew brings pineapple and Maui onion into the mix for an unforgettable sweet counterpoint to the chili’s heat. Already packed with lots of fiber from the pineapple and plant protein from the kidney beans, island-style chili gets an additional healthy twist in the Ornish test kitchen, when we replace the greasy ground beef and bacon with heart-protective veggie crumbles. With so many delicious flavors mingling in one bowl, you’ll never miss the meat! Don’t just take our word for it. Invite some carnivorous friends over to share and see if they detect the swap.

Serves: 6

Serving Size: 1 1/4 cups chili over 2/3 cup rice
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Ready Time: 45 minutes


  1. Prepare brown rice according to package directions. Set aside 4 cups cooked rice for this recipe, and save the rest for another use. (One and a half cups uncooked rice will yield about 4 cups cooked.)
  2. In a large heavy-bottomed sauté pan, combine onion, bell pepper, 1/2 tablespoon chili powder, and 1/2 cup water. Place over high heat and bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook until onions are tender and liquid has evaporated, 8–10 minutes.
  3. Add tomatoes with juice, veggie crumbles or tempeh, kidney beans with their liquid (or an additional 1/2 cup water if using home-cooked beans), tomato sauce, chopped pineapple, remaining 1 tablespoon chili powder, oregano, and salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered, until flavors meld, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and fold in 1/4 cup cilantro and/or scallions just before serving, reserving the rest for garnish.
  4. Serve chili warm over cooked rice with a dash of hot sauce or a pinch of red pepper flakes (if using) and 2 teaspoons cilantro and/or scallions per serving if desired.

Chef’s Notes

Veggie crumbles, also known as veggie ground, are the vegetarian cook’s secret weapon for replicating meaty dishes in a healthier way. We use Yves Veggie Cuisine Meatless Ground in the test kitchen, but lots of brands are available, so experiment and find your favorite. Tempeh is a great whole-food swap for veggie ground crumbles. Tempeh is a fermented form of soy with a similar meaty texture, packed with health-promoting prebiotic and probiotic compounds.

For the tastiest chili bowl, make sure your dried spices are up to date, ideally not more than 6 months old. If you can’t recall how long your chili powder or dried oregano has been hanging around in your cupboard, pick up a fresh bottle. You’ll be surprised at the difference it makes!

This chili does great when reheated, so it’s perfect for do-ahead entertaining. You can even freeze it.

Shopping List

   long-grain brown rice (1 1/2 cups uncooked)

   sweet onion, Maui or Vidalia (1 large)

   red bell peppers (2 small)

   chili powder

   no-salt-added fire-roasted diced tomatoes (one 14 1/2-ounce can)

   veggie crumbles or cubed tempeh(2 1/2 cups )

   no-salt-added kidney beans (one 15-ounce can)

   low-sodium tomato sauce (one 15-ounce can)

   pineapple, whole (1) or pre-cut chunks (12 ounces)

   dried oregano

   cilantro (1 bunch) (optional)

   scallions (1 bunch) (optional)

   hot sauce or red pepper flakes (optional)

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 1/4 cup chili over 2/3 cup rice
Servings: 6
Amount per Serving
Calories: 270
Calories from Fat: 18

Amount per Serving                                             % Daily Value

Total Fat:                        2 g                                         3%

Saturated Fat:                 0 g                                         0%

Trans Fat:                       0 g

Cholesterol:                    0 mg                                      0%

Sodium:                          410 mg                                  17%

Total Carbohydrate:        50 g                                       17%

Dietary Fiber:                 11 g                                       44%

Sugars:                          15 g

Protein:                           19 g                                       38%

Excellent source of fiber, vitamin A, Thiamin, vitamin C, iron, manganese
Good source of vitamin B12, manganese, vitamin K, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium

From UNDO IT! by Dean Ornish, M.D., and Anne Ornish, published by Ballantine Books, an imprint of Random House, a division of Penguin Random House, LLC. Copyright © 2019 by Dean Ornish, M.D., LLC




Subscribe to
The Sunday Paper

A free weekly newsletter that Inspires Hearts and Minds and Moves Humanity Forward with News & Views that Rise Above the Noise