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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20 Min
40 Min
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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)

How to Make Kick Butt Good.. Chili Dog Chili!!!


  • 1Chop the Onions. (Set aside some of this onion for garnish/serving.... optional)
  • 2Chop the green peppers.
  • 3chop the cilantro and tomatoes. Mix them together with onions and spices. Set aside until needed.
  • 4Chop the Zucchinis.
  • 5Chop the garlic.
  • 6Saute the zucchini and garlic in skillet.
  • 7Brown the ground beef in skillet.
  • 8Brown the hot dog coins.
  • 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.
  • 10Mix together all of the cooked ingredients.
  • 11Add the canned beans.
  • 12Simmer together about 15 minutes stirring occassionally on medium low heat.
  • 13While this is simmering we sometimes make grilled cheese sandwiches.... but not really needed... I don't eat bread very often myself.
  • 14Scoop some chili into bowls. Garnish with a swirl of mustard, some chopped onion and a few slices of the hot dog!!! Enjoy!

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About Kick Butt Good.. Chili Dog Chili!!!

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

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