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Jul 31, 2012 08:33 AM

need killer chili recipe for hot dogs, burger and fries

So no beans, unless you have me grind them up at the end.

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  1. I made a Texas Red Chili from this site:
    The results were very good.

    1. I don't get it what's wrong with the beans? I often pile chili with beans on my fries or hot-dogs! I'm not sure you can have genuine chili without the beans!! Why don't you like the beans? Unless for an obvious reason......beans, hot-dogs and a few beers and you would probably want to stay clear of me for the afternoon.

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      1. re: jrvedivici

        Don't let Texans hear you say that.... They'll tell you that you can't have genuine chili WITH the beans...

        1. re: jrvedivici

          when I eat chilli as a main meal then beans are fine. when I want it over fries, a dog or burger, I am considering it more of a sauce.

        2. It depends on what type of chili you like for a burger/dog/fry topping. I like a chunkier style chili for eating straight up, but for dogs I like a "Michigan sauce" style chili, in which the meat is very finely ground and there are no beans, chunks of vegetables or any other textural elements.

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          1. re: biondanonima

            yes, this what I am looking for. will check out the thread below.

          2. I can see your point about the beans. What I put in a bowl is different than what I put on a dog. Adding beans, for me, make a chili dog a borderline knife and fork dish instead of something I can pickup and eat with my hands.

            Tyler Florence did a good basic one for his ultimate tailgate party. It's a good starting point that is easy to swing in a lot of different directions depending on what you like in a chili.

            1. Apart from using ground beef instead of small chunks, how would a hot dog chili differ from a good competition bowl of Texas Red (i.e. one where the seasoning is ground chiles, onion, garlic, cumin and oregano)?