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Chili to go with the burgers and dogs

To dress up hot dogs and hamburgers, here's the very chili to do it!
To dress up hot dogs and hamburgers, here's the very chili to do it!
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Yesterday, I talked about preparing for the Labor Day weekend by preparing for a cookout. I shared a recipe for "Kathy's Baked Beans", which would be a hit with the burgers and dogs you may be making. In the event you missed the recipe, this link will take you straight to it. It's a really good baked bean!

While you're preparing for the Labor Day outing you may be having, if you're indeed serving hamburgers and hot dogs, here's a good recipe to help dress them up: homemade chili! The recipe I'm sharing is for "Good Hot Dog &Hamburger Chili". This is an easy to make recipe and certainly adds to the flavor of the burgers and dogs you may be having. It can be made ahead of time and refrigerated. When serving time is near, it can be reheated easily on the range top or in the microwave quickly and easily.

To begin, you brown some ground beef. I would suggest the leanest beef you can get, since that will mean less fat to remove. If you have some fat after browning the beef, make certain to drain it. You don't want chili that contains a lot of fat! From here, you add the remaining ingredients. These consist of tomatoes, instant minced onion, chili powder, cumin, and garlic. This all is now simmered and in about 15-20 minutes, it's ready to top off your burgers and dogs!

One thing about this recipe I found to be interesting: the original recipe calls for a whole clove of garlic to be added to the chili just prior to simmering. The garlic would then be removed just before serving. While it's perfectly fine to do this, I used the minced garlic from the jar. Since I enjoy the taste of garlic in chili, as most do, I found this to be a more practical way to use it in this recipe. Of course, if you have just the whole cloves of garlic, you may either mince it if you like garlic in your chili, or remove it, if you prefer.

This chili keeps well and freezes great! Simply place it in a sturdy freezer container, label and freeze. When you're ready to use it, thaw it in the refrigerator overnight and reheat it, either in the microwave or on the range top.

Make the burgers and dogs even better with this easy-to-do homemade chili!


  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon instant minced onion
  • 1 can (14 oz.) tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 clove garlic, minced or whole as desired

Brown the ground beef in a skillet. Drain off any fat. Add the remaining ingredients. Stir well, cover and simmer on low heat for 15-20 minutes. If using a whole clove of garlic, it may be removed prior to serving, if desired. Serve over hot dogs and hamburgers. Yield: about 3-4 cups.

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