This time of year our family would much rather dine in the great outdoors, than spend time cooped up in a dark house. (I am a miser with the electricity this time of year!). A lot of our meals are served picnic style and what is better at a picnic than a hot dog? How about a chili dog with all the fixings you can think to pour a top your dog.
I am pretty famous in these parts for my hot dog chili. What did you just say? You get your hot dog chili from a can. Never!!! There is nothing better on top of a piping hot, well grill marked dog than homemade hot dog chili. Mine is a little more Sloppy Joe than canned chili style, but my family cannot get enough. Combine that yummy sauce with a few of our favorite toppings, ketchup, mustard, mayo, cheese, and onions, and you have got a party.
I served dinner tonight under a shade tree right by our outdoor swing. Watermelon slices, deviled eggs, potato salad, and our hot dog bar were combined with a beautiful sunset and good company. I call that my definition of heaven. We ate, chit chatted, and then took a dip in the pool. What a start to the summer!
To get your summer off in the right direction I want to share my hot dog chili recipe. I needed to teach it to Taylor, too. It is Nathaniel’s favorite hot dog topping. Here it is, I hope you enjoy.
CHRISHELLE’S HOT DOG CHILI
One pound of ground beef (I use 72%)
One medium Vidalia onion, finely chopped
One half of a red bell pepper, finely chopped
One half of a green bell pepper, finely chopped
One TB olive oil
One half cup chicken broth
One 15 ounce can of diced tomatoes
One 15 ounce can of tomato sauce
2 TB tomato paste
One TB chili powder (I use hot Mexican style)
One half TB cumin
Salt and pepper to taste
In a large skillet over medium heat, add the olive oil and allow to come up to temperature. Next, add onions, red peppers, green peppers, and salt & pepper and saute for 2-3 minutes. Add ground beef to skillet. Brown ground beef and drain the excess grease and return to skillet. Add chicken broth, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, chili powder, cumin, and salt & pepper, cover with lid and place over low heat and allow to simmer for 30 minutes. Salt and pepper to taste and serve over your favorite hot dog.