Pineapple Pork Chili

Ground pork, pineapple salsa, fire roasted tomatoes and black beans mingle together in a large pot to create a one of a kind, unforgettable chili. A diced fresh pineapple topping makes for the ultimate combination of sweet and smokey in this Pineapple Pork Chili.

Pineapple Pork Chili | Melanie Makes

Hello, Sunday!  I’m excited to by joining my friends for another Sunday Supper event.  This week’s theme is a Chili Cook-off!  Not only do I love to cook, but I also happen to be a highly competitive person.  Ask my family.  Some even refuse to play board games with me…  

What a fun twist on our typical Sunday round-up!

Pineapple Pork Chili | Melanie Makes

My “everyday” chili, the one that I create on a fairly frequent basis during the cold winter months, is my Beer Braised Beanless Chili.  But for today, I wanted to share something a little less traditional.  Something packed with unexpected flavors that work together so well, yet your mind can’t wrap itself around the idea of how it’s possible.  Pineapple?  Pork?  Yes, please!

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Ground pork, pineapple salsa, fire roasted tomatoes and black beans mingle together in a large pot to create a one of a kind, unforgettable chili.  The fact that there is absolutely no chopping or prep work involved means that it takes less than 30 minutes to bring this dish from kitchen to table.

Pineapple Pork Chili | Melanie Makes

But my favorite part?  The part that is always the show stopper, although always given a quizzical first glance?  The garnish of fresh, diced pineapple on top.  There’s something about the combination of sweet, juicy fruit paired with the smoky heat of the chili itself that keeps you coming back for more.

Pineapple Pork Chili | Melanie Makes

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Pineapple Pork Chili
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Serves: 6
  • 2 pounds lean ground pork
  • 32 oz. pineapple salsa
  • 30 oz. canned black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 16 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 30 oz. canned diced fire roasted tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • fresh pineapple, diced
  1. In a large pot, brown pork.
  2. Stir in salsa, black beans, tomato sauce, tomatoes and chili powder.
  3. Bring to boiling and reduce heat to simmer uncovered for 10 minutes.
  4. Served topped with fresh, diced pineapple.

Pineapple Pork Chili | Melanie Makes

Like a little more heat in your chili?  I’ve also substituted mango habanero salsa for the pineapple salsa with great results.  It’s delicious either way  Just don’t forget to serve with a side of Simple Sweet Cornbread!


  1. Pork chili with pineapple salsa? Wow, does this sound extraordinary!!!

  2. Nice fruity twist to chili! I would have never thought to add pineapple salsa. Great idea.

  3. Pork and pineapple, what a great flavor profile for a chili, huge yum!!

  4. Looooove the sound of the pineapple paired with fire roasted tomatoes and black beans! Definitely a creative twist to chili

  5. There are some really fun and creative chili’s in this cook-off and yours is definitely in my top five. Your photos are gorgeous and I think pineapple in chili is an incredibly creative addition! Kudos!

  6. I use pineapple and mango salsa in my bratwurst chili, so I already know how amazing this must taste! GREAT job on those gorgeous photos, too! PINNED to my Chili Creations board :)

  7. Melanie!!
    LOVE LOVE LOVE the fresh, diced pineapple on top. I totally hear you on the combination of sweet, juicy fruit paired with the smoky heat of the chili. . brilliant!!

  8. Sweet and savory! I love it! What a fun combination of flavors!! I want a big bowl of this chili!

  9. A great idea, definitely one I wouldn’t have thought of before.

  10. Pineapple + pork = perfect pairing!

  11. This is such a fun recipe!! Love the addition of the pineapple. I bet it is such a nice compliment with the spicy chili.

  12. The pineapple on garnish sure looks like the showstopper to your great chili. This sure would be a favorite at my house. It sounds and looks delicious.

  13. What a fun and fruity pineapple twist!

  14. Ok, these flavors are totally unexpected and unique, but I am absolutely intrigued to try a bowl myself! Sounds awesome…

  15. Love the pineapple salsa twist to this chili! I am sure it’s great with pork!! Bookmarking it to make it later!

  16. Melanie, so nice to meet you and find your wonderful blog to follow! Thanks for stopping over and leaving your sweet comment. Your chili is so imaginative . . . pork and pineapple are such a perfect combination! I’d love this!

  17. So creative!!! I’d love to try making this with another type of meat or no meat (we don’t eat pork), sounds really lovely!

  18. Pineapple and pork work so beautifully together. I love that you decided to combine them in this chili!

  19. When I saw your title I couldn’t wait to see what you were going to do with it. This is such a unique flavour combination.

  20. I love the idea of a quick chili and the sweet salty going on here!Fire roasted tomatoes sound so good with the pineapple!

  21. What a fun chili! I LOVE the pineapple on top!

  22. This makes me think of Hawaii, or the Caribbean. It looks and sounds delicious and not so heavy!

  23. What a brilliant partnership-I never would have thought of it and now I’m kicking myself.

  24. What a great twist on chili….it looks fantastic. I’d love to try this!

  25. Wow! I love this idea. I probably would give it a raised eyebrow at first, but the more I think about it, the more I think I would love it. Definitely need to try this one!

  26. Pork and pineapple is an amazing combo! Pinning this!

  27. Melanie, we just finished dinner and everyone loved the chili. It came together very quickly. We had ground turkey in the fridge, so we used that in place of the pork. It was great. The salsa gave it a slight sweetness that the kids really loved. My favorite was the fresh pineapple on top. Definitely a fun twist. Thanks so much for sharing!

    • melanie says:

      Thanks so much for letting me know what your family thought of the chili, Chris! I’m with you, the fresh pineapple is definitely my favorite part. :)

  28. This is so similar to Better Homes & Gardens’ Pineapple Salsa Pork Chili recipe they published in 2007

    • Hi, C – You’re right! That’s exactly why I’ve noted in the recipe that it was adapted from BHG’s original recipe. :)

  29. Just made this chili last week. Cannot believe how super quick, easy, and tasty it was!


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