Welcome to my annual Celebrate Summer Series, where I introduce you to a few of my fellow bloggers and their creative ideas! This Homemade Hot Dog Chili from Amy (Atta Girl Says) will make make any Summer event better! She’s going to show you how to set up a simple hot dog bar with the best Homemade Hot Dog Chili to make any event easier! Check out the backyard oasis she designed for Downton Abbey’s Mrs. Patmore!
Hi, I’m Amy from Atta Girl Says, where I share crafts, recipes, decorating projects and other ideas to make your home brighter and your heart lighter. One of our family’s favorite ways to celebrate summer is by grilling out on our beautiful new patio, and today I’m sharing my recipe for homemade hot dog chili. I hope you enjoy it!
Homemade Hot Dog Chili
Once you try this recipe, you’ll never buy canned chili again.
My husband loves his hot dogs served Carolina style — with chili, slaw and onions.
I love to slather this chili on homemade brats with pickle relish and spicy mustard. It’s also great on hamburgers.
So, whenever I make this hot dog chili recipe, I cook a big batch and freeze the leftovers in individual dinner-sized portions. We freeze the leftover homemade hot dog chili flat in quart-size bags for easy storage and thawing.
In some parts of America, people refer to chili as hot dog sauce. That’s due to the texture, which is much finer than the meat-and-beans style chili, which is great from a bowl on a cold day. This chili is a condiment, like ketchup or mustard, that you spread on top of your hot dogs. So, you don’t want the beef chunky.
The best way to accomplish this is by adding water to the ground beef before you cook it.
It sounds weird, I know, and it’s not the most appetizing image either. But it makes for some mighty fine chili. (Double entendre intended!)
Just add enough water to cover the ground beef. Then break up with a wooden spoon. Or, if you’re really gung ho, dig your hands in and break up the meat.
I let the ground beef soak while I’m sweating the onions and garlic. Then, I add the beef and water to the pan and let the meat brown slightly before adding the rest of the ingredients, simmering and reducing.
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 1 medium Vidalia onion or sweet onion, finely diced
- 2 cloves of garlic, finely diced
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 2 cups ketchup
- 1 Tablespoon prepared yellow mustard
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- 2 teaspoons chili powder
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- Place lean ground beef in a bowl and cover with water. Use a wooden spoon or your hands to break up the beef. Set aside.
- Over medium heat, saute diced onion and garlic in olive oil in a large saute pan or Dutch oven.
- Once the onion and garlic are soft, add the ground beef and water to the pan. Cook about 5 minutes, until the beef is no longer pink on the outside.
- Add ketchup, mustard, salt, pepper, chili powder and Worcestershire sauce
- Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring frequently, until mixture has thickened and reduced and the beef is cooked through.
I’ve found that everybody has a preferred way of topping a hot dog. Some people even have rules about whether the ketchup should go under the dog or on top.
To make sure that everybody gets to have their hot dog their way, it’s always fun to set up a hot dog toppings bar with everybody’s favorite condiments.
I always add a few unexpected choices, like salsa or crumbled bacon, too.
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