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Chili Dogs

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Ever had yourself an authentic, homemade chili dog? Well, now's your chance with this good-to-the-last-bite recipe! If you've ever thought that hot dogs by themselves were a little bland, then this chili dog recipe is sure to get your mouth watering with anticipation. By adding a few simple toppings, we've turned a simple hot dog into a sensation, perfect for summer or any time of year!

What You'll Need

  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 3/4 pound ground beef
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 pound hot dogs
  • 6 hot dog buns, split

What to Do

  1. In a large saucepan, heat 2 tablespoons of oil over medium-high heat. Add ground beef and onions and cook 5 to 7 minutes or until no pink remains in beef and onions are tender.
  2. Reduce heat to low and add remaining ingredients except hot dogs and buns. Simmer 30 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, heat remaining tablespoon of oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat and cook hot dogs to desired doneness.
  4. Place hot dogs in buns and top with ground beef mixture.
  5. Serve immediately with any remaining ground beef mixture on side.


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Mexican oregano is milder than regular oregano and it doesn't have the strong Italian taste to it. You could also use an even Wilder spice that's quite similar called epazote epazote. I use it in my refried beans I make from scratch and other Mexican soups.

Not juicy enough after draining off fat what gives this isn't like any chili dog I have ever eaten

It almost seems like some sort of tomato is missing. ( sauce, juice,catsup, etc. Is it?

A Tbsp of tomato paste probably wouldn't hurt. Would add some flavor-enhancing glutamates.

Hello! - There is no tomato sauce or related ingredient missing in this recipe. This recipe is for a regional upstate New York-style chili dog, so it's not your typical saucy chili. Enjoy!

Why is Oregano used in the recipe? Have never have seen it in Mexican dishes. Thanks sounds like a great recipe, Of course I will leave it out.

It won't taste right if you take the oregano out. You would be surprised all the herbs and spices are in different ethnic recipes that we don't know about. I skip the step by not browning the raw ground beef and simmer it real low for 2 to 3 hours and it is delish! This is what coney dog restaurants do.

Oregano is used in many Mexican dishes. I have a container of Mexican Oregano in my spice stash right now. Try not to leave it out!

I our area hot dogs with sauce are called "Texas Hots"they have a slight clove or cinnamon flavor. They are also called Greek Hots because they are sold at Greek restaurants. They are always served with onions mustard and the sauce. I wish I could get that sauce recipe.

Kashoobs, your description of the sweet spice flavor, plus the Greek connection, sounds a bit like Cincinnati chili. You might look up a recipe for that and see if it meets your needs.

I live in the Buffalo,NY area and I don't believe there is any tomato sauce in it. Maybe cloves or cinnamon, chili power and cummin. I have never been to Cincinnati but I could tell by the recipe what it would taste like. I will check for some Cincinnati recipes. In Buffalo there are many "texas hot dog" places and they are all similar in taste and all run by Greeks. The sauce is excellent.

Why is oil necessary when ground beef is browned? There's enough grease &/or oil in it to begin with. Just a question, mind you. - cllM

The oil will help to start the ground beef browning as well as adding enough oil to cook the onions. If you prefer, please feel free to omit the 2 tablespoons oil. Thank you for your question and enjoy!


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