It’s that time of year again! Time for barbecues and roasted marshmallows! Time for chasing fireflies and getting dirty feet! Time for mommy to get a clue on how to get grass stain out of the seat of britches.
Sometimes cookouts can be last minute thoughts. In my family, we might decide at lunch to have a cookout for dinner. While that drives the planner in me INSANE, I am glad my family can be spontaneous – even if I am not. But, I have this little trick up my sleeve. I actually AM prepared to be spontaneous…and they don’t even know it! *Insert evil laughter here*
I like to keep hot dog chili in my freezer all the time. I make large batches of it and then freeze in smaller quantities so that I can thaw as needed. Some people refer to this as “batch cooking.” I refer to it as spontaneity. Go with it.
Having this on hand, already made, means I can contribute something to a family cookout even if I already had plans for the day. I won’t have to turn down an invite to dinner because I have “nothing to bring.” I can shrug my shoulders, grin, and say, “that’s cool – I like to be spontaneous.” I am such a liar.
And, perfectly in line with my frugal nature, this recipe is so cheap to make! You can use whatever ground meat you have. I normally use venison which is a healthy and cheap option for us. I sometimes use ground beef because my Daddy is a cattle farmer, so I get a good price on it – labor. 😉
If you can’t or won’t eat beef or venison, this also works with ground turkey or chicken. I’m always looking for a deal – so I don’t go out and buy ground veal to make hot dog chili…somehow that just seems all sorts of wrong. A cheap hot dog with gourmet meat.
Also, this recipe is both “whole foods” and “I-visit-the-drive-through-each-day” friendly. If you are a whole-foodie you can use grass fed beef and sausage, homemade ketchup, and locally grown onions. If you aren’t even sure what “whole-foodie” means, you can pick up all these things at the grocery store. Anything goes. I aim to please…which is about the only target I can hit.
So, here I am sharing my family-pleasing hot-dog chili. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do. From our family to yours.
- 3 pounds ground beef (or other meat)
- 1 pound ground sausage
- 1 large onion chopped
- 2 cups ketchup
- 3 tablespoons chili powder
- 2 cups water
- In a large skillet, brown beef and sausage with the onion. Drain if necessary.
- Place meat in large pot.
- Add remaining ingredients. Stir.
- Cover and cook over medium-low for 2-3 hours or until flavors blend well.