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Chili dogs are the ultimate crowd pleaser, and with this hot dog chili, they’re easier than ever. All you need is a Dutch oven, lean ground beef, and a handful of ingredients you likely already have in the kitchen. Feel free to add vegetables, such as a can of Rotel diced tomatoes or sliced jalapeños, to take things up a notch. For additional flavor, try substituting the water with beef broth. 

Recipe by Southern Living September 2004


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Makes 5 cups


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  • Cook ground beef in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat, stirring until beef crumbles and is no longer pink; drain well. Wipe Dutch oven clean with a paper towel.

  • Sauté onion in hot oil in Dutch oven 5 minutes. Add salt, chili powder, and beef, and cook 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in 2 1/4 cups water and next 5 ingredients. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to low, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 45 minutes or until most of the liquid evaporates.