Kenny Rogers Fire−And−Ice Chili

Kenny Rogers Fire−And−Ice Chili

Singer Kenny Rogers cooks up a pot of his chili flavored with pineapple chunks to share with family and friends. “It’s a favorite of mine,” he says, “and, believe me, it’s meant to warm a southern boy’s heart and soul!”

Ingredients:

1 20−ounce can pineapple chunks in syrup
2 pounds lean boneless pork roast cut into 1−inch cubes
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium yellow onion chopped (1/2 cup)
1 clove garlic minced
1 28−ounce can tomatoes cut up
1 6−ounce can tomato paste
1 4−ounce can diced green chili peppers drained
1 green pepper chopped 3/4 cup)
1 medium yellow onion chopped (1/2 cup)
2 cloves garlic minced
1/4 cup chili powder
4 teaspoons ground cumin
1 to 3 tablespoons seeded and finely chopped jalapeno pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt

Chili toppers: sliced onions, sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese

  1. Drain pineapple, reserving syrup.

  2. In a Dutch oven, cook pork, half at a time, in hot olive oil till brown.
    Return all the meat to the pot. Add the first chopped onion and 1 clove
    garlic. Cook over medium heat till onion is tender, stirring occasionally.

  3. Add the reserved pineapple syrup, undrained tomatoes, tomato paste, green chili peppers, the green pepper, 1 onion, 2 cloves garlic, chili powder, cumin, jalapeno pepper and salt.

  4. Bring to boiling. Reduce heat. Cover and simmer the chili for 1 1/2
    hours, stirring occasionally. Add the pineapple chunks. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes more.

  5. Let diners add their own toppers. Makes 8 to 10 servings.

Note: To increase the spiciness of the chili, add 2 more tablespoons of the jalapeno pepper.