With a mother and grandparents born and raised in Hawaii, I (Cindy AKA Masi) grew up eating chili on (Japanese) rice, both at home in El Cerrito, CA and at Zippy’s during our every-five-years trips to Oahu to visit family. Chili on rice is a THING in Hawaii, where mashups like this are all part of the greater culture (see: plate lunch).

(Zippy’s is an island fast food chain, also known for their saimin — ramen’s Hawaiian cousin).

In researching recipes in an attempt to recreate Zippy’s Chili, the one thing most people seem to agree on is the addition of mayo at the end. I don’t remember my mother doing this (if memory serves, she just served us Hormel’s from a can) and I haven’t been to Hawaii in almost 20 years, but we’re going with it because it really does make the chili extra yummy.

One ingredient Zippy’s does have that we’ve omitted is Portuguese sausage. Our thinking is that our Tikka Masala Spice Blend provides the smokey heat that the sausage does, while eliminating some of the fat (and meat, for us vegetarians making this with Beyond Meat). To bring in even more smokiness, try using fire-roasted tomatoes.

Feel free to check out our tips in the Recipe Notes!


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