Hot Dog Chili

Everyone knows a hot dog isn't complete without chili.  Well at our house, anyway.  Don't buy it in a can when you can make a homemade chili that's far better.  This chili is my "go to" hot dog chili recipe, and it's packed with flavor.  

It freezes very well, and it's great to keep warm in a crock pot, if you're entertaining a crowd for a cook-out.   It's a nice balance between spicy and sweet, and I can't imagine serving a hot dog without it and a side of creamy cole slaw.  Dressed with my Mom's delicious cole slaw dressing, of course!

Ingredients you'll need:
1 large onion, finely chopped
vegetable oil
seasoned salt and black pepper to taste
2 lbs lean ground beef
1 1/2 cups ketchup
1 [10 3/4 oz] can french onion soup or beef broth
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup worcestershire sauce
2 Tbsp prepared mustard
2 1/2-3 Tbsp dark chili powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp cayenne
1/4 tsp paprika

In a stove top pan, on medium high heat saute the chopped onion in vegetable oil until translucent.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Add the ground beef and cook until no pink remains.  Drain any excess fat from the pan then stir in the ketchup, brown sugar, worcestershire sauce, mustard, vinegar, soup and seasonings.  Taste and adjust the salt and pepper to taste.  Allow the chili to simmer on low heat for 30 minutes, then serve or freeze.  Yield: 4-4 1/2 cups

Cook's note:
To save time, I usually make a large batch and freeze it in separate portions for future meals.  If you don't have french onion soup, beef broth works well.


Gina said...

Do you have a good coleslaw recipe to share?!

Melissa said...

Hi Gina! I have my Mom's Dressing for Cole Slaw recipe here on my's delish!

Thomas Cantasano said...

Hey Mellisa, so happy I found you. I'm currently stuck in Bogota, Colombia but I'm frm South Carolina and needed to read through your page to remind me of home cook'n! I'm gonna do the chili dogs with coleslaw! Thanks, God Bless!

Melissa said...

Hi Thomas, it's great to meet you. Feel free to visit any time you like. There's nothing like a good chili dog enjoy! Melissa

Robyn G said...

Melissa, this looks WONDERFUL and I can't wait to try it! What do you most frequently us, onion soup mix or beef broth? Which do you like best? Thanks, Robyn

Melissa said...

Thanks Robyn, I probably most often use beef broth but have done it both ways. The soup will give it a more intense onion flavor. Sure hope you enjoy it!

Susan A said...

Made your hot dog chili and cole slaw tonight... yum! Reminded me of the 'fully dressed' hot dogs I used to have when I was a little girl growing up in NC! I've lived in MN for 40 some years... thank you for sharing your recipes and your southern charm and hospitality! Brings back so many good memories!

Melissa said...

Hi from NC Susan! Your note made my day, I'm delighted you enjoyed those two. It's wonderful to meet you visit often. ~ Melissa

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