Kick Butt Good.. Chili Dog Chili!!!

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By Colleen Sowa
from La Crosse, WI

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!

serves 15
prep time 20 Min
cook time 40 Min
method Stove Top


  • 1 lg
    each: red and white or yellow onion (chopped)
  • 1 lg
    green bell pepper (chopped)
  • 8 lg
    tomatoes (chopped large) or use two large cans of tomatoes
  • 1/2 c
    fresh cilantro (chopped) (also include finely chopped stems)
  • 2 lg
    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
  • 8-10
    hot dogs of choice (cut into round coins and browned)
  • 2-3 qt
    pasta sauce of your choice
  • 1 can
    (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
    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

  • 1
    Chop the Onions. (Set aside some of this onion for garnish/serving.... optional)
  • 2
    Chop the green peppers.
  • 3
    chop the cilantro and tomatoes. Mix them together with onions and spices. Set aside until needed.
  • 4
    Chop the Zucchinis.
  • 5
    Chop the garlic.
  • 6
    Saute the zucchini and garlic in skillet.
  • 7
    Brown the ground beef in skillet.
  • 8
    Brown the hot dog coins.
  • 9
    In 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.
  • 10
    Mix together all of the cooked ingredients.
  • 11
    Add the canned beans.
  • 12
    Simmer together about 15 minutes stirring occassionally on medium low heat.
  • 13
    While this is simmering we sometimes make grilled cheese sandwiches.... but not really needed... I don't eat bread very often myself.
  • 14
    Scoop some chili into bowls. Garnish with a swirl of mustard, some chopped onion and a few slices of the hot dog!!! Enjoy!