Kick Butt Good.. Chili Dog Chili!!!

Colleen Sowa


Our family loves chili dogs... and of course chili... being diabetic myself, I wanted to cut the carbs but still have the flavor of a chili dog... so my daughter Noel, her children and I came up with this recipe.... we have had it many times and we all enjoy it each and every time we have it!

It is a healthier chili than most... because it is loaded with veggies! Trust me... this is kick butt good!

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1 large
each: red and white or yellow onion (chopped)
1 large
green bell pepper (chopped)
8 large
tomatoes (chopped large) or use two large cans of tomatoes
1/2 c
fresh cilantro (chopped) (also include finely chopped stems)
2 large
yellow and green zucchini (chopped to desired sizes)
6 clove
garlic (chopped to desired size)
3 lb
favorite ground beef (pork or turkey works too) browned
hot dogs of choice (cut into round coins and browned)
2-3 qt
pasta sauce of your choice
1 can(s)
(12 ounces) tomato paste (added to pasta sauce)
1 tsp
each: garlic powder, ground black pepper, cayenne pepper
3 Tbsp
ground cumin powder
1-2 Tbsp
ground chili powder
1-2 can(s)
each: pinto beans, black beans and butter beans (use one or two cans of each kind according to your liking of beans) (you can also use kidney beans)


1 tsp
sea salt (or to taste for the chili)
yellow mustard (for garnish and to taste)
raw onion (for garnish and to taste)
hot dog coins (for garnish)


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1Chop the Onions. (Set aside some of this onion for garnish/serving.... optional)

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2Chop the green peppers.

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3chop the cilantro and tomatoes. Mix them together with onions and spices. Set aside until needed.

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4Chop the Zucchinis.

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5Chop the garlic.

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6Saute the zucchini and garlic in skillet.

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7Brown the ground beef in skillet.

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8Brown the hot dog coins.

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9In a large pot cook together the veggies that are not cooked yet... when they are cooked. Add the tomato sauce. Simmer about 15 minutes on medium - low stirring occassionally.

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10Mix together all of the cooked ingredients.

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11Add the canned beans.

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12Simmer together about 15 minutes stirring occassionally on medium low heat.

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13While this is simmering we sometimes make grilled cheese sandwiches.... but not really needed... I don't eat bread very often myself.

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14Scoop some chili into bowls. Garnish with a swirl of mustard, some chopped onion and a few slices of the hot dog!!! Enjoy!

About this Recipe

Main Ingredient: Beans/Legumes
Regional Style: Mexican
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids, Healthy