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Feb 21, 2009 10:30 AM

Best Canned Chili For Chili Dogs?

Hormel regular w/o beans has been my usual, but was hoping I might find something even better, as long as it has no beans.

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  1. When I buy a big package of ground sirloin or beef I usually cook it all. I always but 2 small bags of beef in the freezer. I use it for a tomato based sauce or for chili, love it on my brats or even hot dogs or burgers. I make a simple chili sauce with the left over meat which just takes a few minutes.

    I have used hormel, whole food has one, sorry I don't know the name (it was a gift in a gift basket I got) I do the home made cuz it takes minutes, but, by all means in a hurry like all of us, I grab the hormel without beans

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    1. re: kchurchill5

      heheh, my chili always takes 2 hours+ :)

      1. re: Soop

        I have a quick version just t make chili sauce for dogs. Not my usual but it works for dogs which is just a quick dinner anyways. If for a cookout ... a whole different story.

    2. Chefmate is by far the best, but you might have to find it in a restaurant supply.That's what all the hot dog trucks around here use on their chili dogs and it's like homemade.

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      1. re: coll

        I'll remember that because I do keep a can on hand. I love a good chili dog with kraut or a braut with kraut and a little chili, the best. Thx, have to look for it.

      2. We have a variation in all Montreal Hot Dog places called a Michigan. It's a hot dog topped with meat sauce.

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        1. re: bigfellow

          Hey I a Michigander ... meat sauce. We didn't do that in Michigan? :)

          1. re: kchurchill5

            It is an upstate New York (think Plattsburg) and Montreal thing.


            1. re: bigfellow

              My good friend who owns a restaurant in Michigan has bought from them. Familiar with it. Also has a few friends in Pitt and NY and Boston and Montreal

                1. re: kchurchill5

                  no problem...just trying to be consise. lol

              1. re: kchurchill5

                Not sure where you are from in MI, but in the Flint area they have meat in the chili sauce. Angelo's Coney Island was famous for them. In fact, I think they are called Flint style coneys vs. Detroit which tend to be and less meat, if any. There was a coney that opened in Grand Blanc that boasted they sold Detroit style coneys.

                1. re: grouper

                  Lived in MI 21 years, now in FL, Sarasota. Never had good dogs up there, maybe not the right place. Summer home in northern MI, but never had any good sauce, most of the dogs was just a runny sauce which was horrible when I was there. We hada local vendor in northern MI which I loved. But he is a local and still is, just his sauce, nothing fancy.

                  1. re: kchurchill5

                    I would agree that you were probably not in the right place. I grew up in Flint and coney's always had meat sauce, onions and mustard, using Koegel's hot dogs. That was a great many years and pounds ago. I now live in the Detroit burbs and the coney's here are not the same even though I'm just 50 miles down the road. We vacation down your way and I won't even eat a hot dog in FL. There used to be a place on Ft. Myers Beach that sold Flint coney's with Angelo's sauce and Koegel's hot dogs, but last I knew they were only at the Ft. Myers Flea Market. If you're ever there give them a try.

                    1. re: grouper

                      Thanks over 1 hr away, but I do get down there to visit a friend quite often. Have to remember that.

              2. re: bigfellow

                That would be a Coney Island. I grew up in Michigan, Northern Detroit suburbs and we had Coney Island diners all over the place. Usually run by Greek families. Heard they originally came from Coney Island in Cincinnati!

              3. I use Hormel Beanless Chili over polenta for a quick mock tamale fix.

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                1. re: Antilope

                  I would add some chipolte, a small shallot diced, maybe some scallions, grilled shrimp or pan sauteed with a chili powder, lime, and garlic and topped over the polenta and then the chili with some monterey jack cheese. Great side. Thats for reminding me another way to use polenta.

                2. Don't know where you live, but in the Los Angeles area grocery stores they sell this frozen product called Dolores chili brick.


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                  1. re: monku

                    It's what I's outstanding.

                    1. re: monku

                      I never heard of it. But of course I am in Indiana. My sister lives in California. American Classics is great, it has the lowest sodium in it.

                      1. re: monku

                        But they use beef hearts in their chili. XLNT brick chili is better. Use one 1lb of ground beef cook saute some chop onions first then mix in the ground beef till brown. Then mix in one brick of chili con carne with a 1/2 cut of hot water