Woooo hooooo! The leaves are changing, the temps are cooler, scarves are out and……it's football season! Whether you are enjoying the game at home with family and friends or engaging in full on tailgating, this hot dog chili recipe will please a crowd.
This is a Hot Dog Recipe that you can make ahead and freeze. It easily heats up in a crock pot for warming. I heated mine up in a mini dip sized crock pot. We have an outlet adapter for the car so I was able to keep it warming on the way to Clemson.
The recipe that I use has evolved over the years so much so that I do not remember the original source. Most of it came from my father who used to own a country store/lunch counter.
It is an easy recipe where you have most ingredients on hand….big plus!!
Hot Dog Chili
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- 3 pounds of ground beef
- 2-3/4 teaspoons salt
- 2 tablespoons chili powder (more if you want spicy)
- 3 cups of water
- 1-1/2 cups ketchup
- 2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce
- 1-1/2 teaspoons of white vinegar
- 1 teaspoon of dry mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- In a stock pot, place your ground beef. I cover the ground beef with water. On medium-high heat, cook the meat until it is brown and crumbly. I like to cook it this way so that it has a very crumbly consistency. It will turn a light brown color when it is finished cooking. This will take around an hour. Drain it in a colander. This is great to drain the fat.
- Return the cooked meat to the same pot.
- Add all of the ingredients except the 3 cups of water. Mix well.
- Gradually add the 3 cups of water mixing well.
- It will look quite soupy. Bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat and simmer for approximately 1 hour until it has thickened and most of the water has evaporated.
- Stir occasionally. This is so easy and can be cooking while you are preparing other tailgating goodies or playing on Pinterest!
- I make a big batch of this. It is no trouble, but it is one of those recipes that is easy to freeze so why not? Keep out what you need for your group and freeze the rest. I let it cool then freeze portions in quart sized bags. For example, I froze into 3 bags that would be enough for 3 meals for our family of 4. We had enough for leftover lunch on Sunday after Saturday's tailgate.
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During the simmering process
I make a big batch of this. It is no trouble, but it is one of those recipes that is easy to freeze so why not? Keep out what you need for your group and freeze the rest. I let it cool then freeze portions in quart sized bags. For example, I froze into 3 bags that would be enough for 3 meals for our family of 4. We had enough for leftover lunch on Sunday after Saturday's tailgate.
You can easily make this for an even larger crowd!
Notice the hubby doesn't deck out all in orange! He is a UNC Tarheel fan. I graduated from Clemson and we are a short 20 minute drive away, so we enjoy season tickets as a family. I'm crossing my fingers that the kiddos go to Clemson!