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Aug 1, 2009 05:52 PM

Hot Dog Chili recipe?

My mom requested hot dogs for sunday dinner tomorrow. OK, happy to oblige. Easy and cheap and we haven't had them in ages.

I mentioned to my husband make I'd make some chili so we could have chili. He thought that was a grand idea but informed my chili wasn't hot dog chili. He unfortunately couldn't suggest a recipe to me that was hot chili.

So....anyone have a good recipe they'd like to share? I thought I could just make mine without beans but he claims it really is an entirely different animal?

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  1. Living in the Detroit area, I love and eat coney dogs every chance I get but I've never found a recipe for good coney (chili dog) chili. Your best bet is to go to a coney island and just buy their chili. You've never duplicate it. I know that the coney islands I go to buy their chili by the brick but I don't know from where. If you find a good recipe, please post it. There's a bunch on Google but they just don't make the grade.
    Good luck!

    1. My advice is to make your own chili that you like, prefer, etc. Then place your par-coked hot dogs in a 13x9" pan, and cover with said chili,and any other condiments you prefer, heat up in the oven, top with your fave toppings and VOILA!!!

      If your DH claims it's not the "RIGHT" way, tell him he can make his own, and take his plate!

      1. To me, this is a perfect example of a good use for a canned product. Wolf Brand chilli without beans. If you can't get that, Hormel will do. Why complicate things?

        1. SonyBob is right...I live in Idaho but bring a "brick" back from Detroit when I can. If you want a Detroit style coney recipe I have one. Not as good as the ones I get in the Motor City...but good when desperate. Let me know.

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          1. re: Tripper

            Hey Tripper, I'd like to see your recipe. I have one I like a lot (posted down below), but am always curious to try new ones.


          2. Here's one I like. The Frito's corn chips give a unique flavor and texture. This was originally based on Top Secret Weinerschnitzel Hot Dog Chili by Todd Wilbur. I didn' t like the results and tweaked the recipe a lot. His recipe had vinegar, tomato paste and sugar. It was too sweet and I didn't like the vinegar taste.

            My Homemade Hot Dog Chili

            Makes about 8 cups

            1 lb ground beef
            1 Tbs bacon grease
            6 cups cold water
            1/4 cup cornstarch
            1/2 cup all purpose flour
            8-ounce can tomato sauce
            4 Tbs mild chili powder
            1 Tbs paprika
            1 Tablespoon dried minced onion
            2 tsp cumin
            1/2 tsp granulated garlic powder
            1/4 tsp ground black pepper
            1 tsp table salt
            1 cup fritos corn chips, crushed

            1. Brown the meat with bacon grease in 4-qt dutch oven. When browned, pour off excess grease except for 2 Tablespoons.

            2. In a 2-qt mixing bowl, add water. Whisk in cornstarch until fully blended. Whisk in flour until fully blended. Whisk in tomato sauce until fully blended.

            3. Stir into the water mixture the chili powder, paprika, dried onion, cumin, garlic powder, black pepper and salt. Mix well.

            4. Add water mixture to meat in dutch oven.

            5. Stir in the crushed fritos corn chips.

            6. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer.

            7. Simmer 45-minutes. Stir well and scrape bottom of pot every 5-minutes to prevent burning. The chili will darken and thicken by the end of cooking.

            8. Serve as is or blend slightly with stick blender for a smoother chili.

            9. Serve over hot dogs, polenta, grits, etc.