How To Make Zippys Chili Recipe

2 min


Homemade Zippy’s Chili Recipe

Craving a taste of Hawaii but can’t get to Zippy’s? Don’t worry, you can recreate their iconic chili right at home! This recipe captures the unique flavor profile of Zippy’s chili, with a blend of savory ground meat, colorful vegetables, and a surprise creamy element.

Here’s what you’ll need:


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 pound ground beef (or turkey)
  • 1/2 pound Portuguese sausage (or chorizo), casings removed and chopped
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 (15-ounce) can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15-ounce) can light red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15-ounce) can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional, for extra spice)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Chopped green onions and shredded cheddar cheese, for serving (optional)


  1. Heat the vegetable oil in a large Dutch oven or pot over medium heat. Add the ground beef and sausage, breaking it up as it cooks until browned. Drain any excess grease.
  2. Add the chopped onion, celery, and green pepper to the pot and cook until softened, about 5-7 minutes.
  3. Stir in the crushed tomatoes, all three types of beans, beef broth, Worcestershire sauce, chili powder, cumin, paprika, cayenne pepper (if using), and bay leaf. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld.
  4. Remove the bay leaf. Here comes the secret ingredient: stir in the mayonnaise until well combined. The mayonnaise adds a touch of creaminess and richness that makes Zippy’s chili so unique.
  5. Season the chili with salt and pepper to taste. Simmer for an additional 10 minutes to let the flavors develop further.
  6. Serve your Zippy’s chili hot with your favorite toppings, like chopped green onions and shredded cheddar cheese. Enjoy a taste of the Hawaiian Islands with every delicious bite!
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  • For a thicker chili, mash some of the beans before adding them to the pot.
  • If you can’t find Portuguese sausage, you can substitute chorizo for a similar flavor.
  • Adjust the amount of cayenne pepper to your desired level of spice.
  • Leftovers taste even better the next day! Store leftover chili in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

This homemade Zippy’s chili recipe is sure to satisfy your cravings and transport you to the Aloha State. So grab your favorite bowl, whip up a batch, and enjoy a taste of paradise!

Estimated Calories:

This recipe likely yields around 8-10 servings, depending on how much you ladle in each bowl. Here’s a rough breakdown per serving:

  • Ground beef/sausage – 400-500 calories (depending on fat content)
  • Beans (3 cans) – 700-800 calories
  • Vegetables – 100 calories
  • Other ingredients (broth, tomatoes, spices) – 200-300 calories
  • Mayonnaise – 350 calories

Total estimated calories per serving: 1750-1950 calories

Tips for Reducing Calories:

  • Use lean ground beef or turkey.
  • Drain and rinse the beans well to remove excess sodium and some starch.
  • Lighten up on the mayonnaise. You can start with 1/4 cup and add more to taste if desired.
  • Use low-sodium beef broth.

Remember: This is just an estimate. The actual calorie count will vary depending on the specific ingredients you use and the amount you consume.

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Olivia Greens

Olivia Greens is a trailblazer in the world of plant-based cuisine. With a background in nutrition and a commitment to sustainable living, Olivia's articles on ReVistaMash showcase the vibrant and delicious world of plant-based eating. From innovative recipes to exploring the latest in plant-based culinary trends, Olivia inspires readers to embrace a greener, healthier, and incredibly tasty approach to food.


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