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Mama’s Kitchen Mondays Chili Dogs (famous chili recipe & men in tights included)

Mama’s Kitchen No.4


Some days a bowl of slow cooked chili is just what the doctor ordered…


…and somedays a chili dog is the only thing that makes the world rotate on that awesomesauce axis!  Justin Bog had begged for my chili recipe for months and I finally came through with it and now he loves making it, when he can. My daughter loves it and when I asked her what she wanted to have me post this week she said chili dogs, which meant I got to repost my famous chili recipe. Yes, famous!  Just ask my kids, all those soldiers I fed at Fort Hood, Huachuca, and Wainwright. Heck, I make a mean bowl of chili.

I want it noted when I made chili for the family it had to be made in our Nesco slow cooker, all 18 quarts of it. I actually managed to talk my ex-husband into buying me the cooker so I could cook my pies in the oven and the turkey in the slow-cooker by pointing out I could make said 18 quarts of chili at one time. I have never seen him whip a credit card as fast as he did that day. Chili is not just for cold winter days, it is also for those perfect summer BBQ’s and making Frito Pie, and of course making Chili Dogs. 

Whoever actually came up with the chili dog needs to be surrounded with men in tights baring poms poms and tap shoes and cheerleaders in short shirts with jazz hands.. or wait.. is that men in tights with jazz hands and cheer leaders… crap.. Well they deserve a lot of rah-rah-rah and ziiiiiiiiiiiiing! Chili dogs are the BOMB! Ask the man in tights!

men in tights

Nothing like a grilled hot dog with lightly crisp lines from the grill, a bun brushed with butter and toasted…spooned over with slow cooked outstanding chili, mustard, shredded cheese and minced onions. Perfection!

Traditionally the chili used is chili con-carne but I want to state, for the record, chili in my house is full of meat but I adore beans in my chili and since no one can figure out the origins of chili dogs, I make KICKASS CHILI DOGS with beans in my chili.. hence they Kickass, get it? Kickass? KickASS… oh nevermind go buy some Beano© and enjoy!! (BTW if you soak your beans overnight instead of using canned beans and add the cocoa your beans will not make you ass KICKASS in the belly!! They will make you feel totally Kickass!).

Make up a some of Amanda Carol’s Slow Cooked Chili and make sure your man (or woMAN) is grilling some dawgs and buns and get ready to throw together an American classic. Here are some alternatives, some are variants from some of the rumored origins of the dogs; the Greeks down on Coney Island.

  • grilled dawg, grilled buttered bun, chili, chopped tomatoes, sour cream, chopped onions
  • grilled dawg, grilled buttered bun, chili, mustard, shredded cheese, chopped onions.
  • grilled dawg, grilled buttered bun, with chili, ketchup, grated cheddar & colby, and mustard
  • or just grill that dawg, throw it in the bun, slap some chili on it and stuff it down your chili dog hole!

Cabin Chili Dog
Wrap that puppy in #bacon, grill it and than DO YOU WORST!!!


5 from 1 reviews
Chili to Die For
This is my modified version for my 6-quart slow cooker. When Amanda was growing up I had to make this in a 18-quart Nesco slow cooker since Chili was a mandatory have in the fridge all week kind of meal for the family!
  • 1½ lb of stew meat (cut down into smaller ½ size cubes)
  • 1 lb of boneless pork chops cubed
  • 1 lb of ground sirlion
  • 1 can pinto beans (15 ounce)
  • 2 cans black beans (15 ounce)
  • 3 cans Rotel Extra Hot Diced Tomatoes & Chili Peppers (10oz)
  • 2 cans Hunt's Roasted Garlic Tomato Sauce (8 oz.)
  • 4 minced jalapenos (very very fine and remember to wear gloves and do not wipe your brow!)
  • 2 chipotle chiles
  • 2 med onions chopped
  • 6-8 cloves of garlic
  • ½ cup of Cocoa
  • 3 tbsp of chili powder
  • 2 tsp of cumin
  • 2 tsp of ground fine oregano
  • 2 tbsp masa harina (or 1 tablespoon flour and 1 tablespoon cornmeal) (if you are not slow cooking then double this, it will thicken it, but with slow cooking it tends to cook down)
  • cup of flour mixed with a tsp of garlic powder, onion powder, and chili powder
  • 3 tbsp of Olive Oil
  1. Heat olive oil in cast iron skillet
  2. Dredge the stew meat and cubed pork chops in the flour mixture and sear the meat on all sides, remove from pan but leave it going.
  3. Add onions, garlic and peppers to the oil and saute till just browning, add the meat again and cook for about 10 minutes on medium low. Add this to the crock pot and begin the dumping of cans! (all but the tomato sauce)
  4. Mix all dry ingredients together and mix into Tomato sauce till well blended.
  5. Pour into your crock pot
  6. Mix all until well blended cover and cook on on high for one hour and switch to low for at least five hours.I start prep when I wake up and we eat it when he gets home.
  7. Garnish with shredded cheese, sour cream and if you are Geoff, more hot sauce!
The trick is in the cocoa, it does add to digestion and breaks the beans down a bit so you are not as GASSY!
Mama’s Kitchen Mondays is a project and feature I am using to not only facilitate my writing of my cookbooks but also by request of my daughter Amanda Carol who was married this year and is over 4000 miles away in Rochester, NY cooking for her new family. Enjoy and remember, good cooks never truly give you their recipes, but they always give you good recipes!


What’s on your chili dog?Mama's Kitchen Mondays Chili Dogs (famous chili recipe & men in tights included)


  1. I make excellent chilli. Me. Yeah. Also nothing on my chilli dogs sausage queen wants sausage. Big, juicy sausage. Weiners are for suckers err wait

  2. Okay bacon. Bacon on everything so I’d take the roll and fill it with bacon no chilli or weiner.
    Show me some love!

  3. I frelling love you bacon … err sausage queen!
    Show me some love!

  4. Hehe. You’re the only one who gets my humour lol

  5. I will be preparing this chilli and I will wrap the dawgs in bacon. Nom!

  6. I love Kriss and her chili kicks ass . . . pepper ass . . . really great. I’ve made this in my 17-qt. slow cooker about 6 times and each batch is incredible and delicious, on dogs or not . . . Zippy and Kipling go crazy for the scent all day.

  7. I am going to put you I. Gje jacket of my cookbook Justin

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