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

Ingredients

  • CHILI
  • 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)
  • OPTIONAL INGREDIENTS
  • 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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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!
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