Chili Dog Chili
Cuisine: American
Author: Rachel Hanawalt
Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 2 hours 15 mins
Total time: 2 hours 35 mins
Chili Dog Chili is a thick, hearty chili bursting with flavor. Great for serving at a party or potluck, and freezer-friendly, too!
  • 1 lb grass-fed ground beef
  • 3 C yellow onion, diced
  • 1 C diced red peppers
  • ⅓ C chili powder
  • 2 Tbsp hot Mexican chili powder
  • 2 Tbsp cumin
  • 2 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp pink Himalayan salt
  • 1 28 oz can chopped tomatoes
  • 2 6 oz cans tomato paste
  • 2 15 oz cans kidney beans
  • 2 15 oz cans pinto beans
  • 2 4 oz cans diced green chilies
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 12 uncured organic, natural hot dogs
  • 12 organic hot dog rolls
  • ¾ C shredded cheddar cheese
  • ¾ C shredded monterey jack cheese
  1. In a large pot, over medium-high heat, cook your onions and ground beef until the onions are soft and the beef is cooked through and beginning to brown.
  2. Add chili powder, hot Mexican chili powder, cumin, garlic and salt to the pot and sauté for 1 minute, cooking until you begin to smell the aroma of the spices.
  3. Add 1 28 oz can of chopped tomatoes and 2 6 oz cans of tomato paste to the pot and stir to combine. Be sure not to drain the chopped tomatoes.
  4. Then, stir in your canned beans, canned diced green chilies, and diced red pepper. For the beans, drain, but do not rinse. Rinsing will remove much of the starch, which will act as a natural thickener.
  5. Bring the chili up to a boil and then turn the heat down to medium-low and gently simmer for two hours. While your chili is simmering, shred ¾ C each of cheddar and monterey jack cheese and mix to combine. Store the cheese in the refrigerator until you are ready to use. 15 minutes prior to serving, grill 12 hotdogs.
  6. Once the chili is done simmering, stir in 1 Tbsp of apple cider vinegar and then you're ready to serve.
  7. For chili dogs, place grilled hotdogs into a bun, top with chili, and sprinkle with shredded cheese.
  8. If you're throwing a party, place your chili in a crockpot on the "warm" setting, so that all your guests can enjoy piping-hot chili.
  9. Your guests can enjoy a chili dog topped with cheese or a hot bowlful with cheese and sour cream.
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