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
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
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.