Carolina Hot Dog Chili for Chili Dogs

The little woman has never liked Chili Dogs. When we lived in Atlanta, every once in a while we would sneak over to “The Varsity”…a mecca that serves their famous chili dogs, very greasy but wonderful onion rings, and fantastic frosted oranges. She always had to order her dog “naked.” Never once in her life has she tried one…that is until this week!

Our neighbor, Wild Bill, brought over a dish of his “Hot Dog Chili.” When he first told us that he was going to make it, the missus thought that it was chili made with hot dogs! Imagine that! Well, she smelled Wild Bill’s chili, tasted it, and went back for seconds. Surprising the heck out of me, she said that would like try it on a hot dog! I had a bunch of quarter pound all beef dogs, and some good buns. I fixed one for each of us and suggested she add chopped onions and mustard! It was love at first bite…she is now a convert!

Here is Bill’s Carolina Hot Dog Chili Recipe

1 1/2 lbs ground beef, extra lean

1 3/4 C water

1 C onion, chopped

3 cloves garlic, minced

6 oz tomato paste

1/2 C ketchup

1/4 t chili powder

2 t Worcestershire sauce

1 t cider vinegar

1 1/2 t salt

1/4 t black pepper

1 T hot sauce (Bill used Crystal brand Louisiana hot sauce)

Place the beef and water in a 4 1/2 quart Dutch oven or soup pot over high heat. Bring the water to a boil. Add the onion. When the water boils again, reduce heat to medium and stir to begin breaking up the meat.

Add the remaining ingredients and stir well until the tomato paste had completely dissolved and the meat is broken up.

Continue to stir the chili at a slow boil, stirring about every 5 minutes or so, until the mixture is thick, about 15 minutes. As the mixture thickens, you may need to reduce the heat to low to prevent sticking.

Thanks, Bill, for this great recipe!!

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