|One of the best things to ever happen to a hot dog. Mine, sans mustard.|
Hot dogs. Almost as much an American pastime as baseball. Every city has their own way of making them their own, but they all have one option in common: chili. Every chili is as different as the city in which they are created.
But what if you can't get to Boston, Montreal, Cincinnati, New York, or Chicago? Well, some people buy it pre-made (canned.) Me? Not an option, and not just because they don't sell it here. It's too easy to make yourself!
The recipe I came up with is a mix of several good sauces, along with my own touch. It's simple, I love it, and I'm sure you will too!
1 lb, ground beef
28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
1/2 onion or 1 shallot, very finely chopped
3 tbsp. chili powder
1 1/2 tsp. cumin
2 tbsp. garlic powder
1 1/2 tbsp onion powder
2-3 tsp your favorite hot sauce (best choice I found - Tobasco or Tapatio)
2 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. chipotle powder
1 tsp cocoa powder
1 tsp kosher salt
beef stock or broth on hand (1 ltr. box)
(all above measures are subjective - feel free to adjust to your desire.)
Put a little oil in a pot and saute the onion/shallot at low - medium heat until slightly translucent, about 2-3 minutes. Add ground beef and brown, stirring to break it down as it cooks.
Once sufficiently browned, add the crushed tomatoes and dry ingredients. If it seems too thick, add some stock - it only adds to the flavor. Add your hot sauce to taste.
Let it simmer on low heat, thinning it if it gets too thick too soon. Taste as you go, add stuff if you want - I do recommend chipotle powder. A little more salt doesn't hurt, either. Once it's thick, it's ready!