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Homemade Bacon Chili Dog Recipe

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It’s springtime, and baseball season has just begun. What better way to celebrate the occasion than with another all-American classic: the hot dog.

I urge you to set the usual condiments aside, though, and try making this homemade bacon chili topper instead. Your family and friends will love it.

Just grill, boil, microwave, or oven-roast your hot dogs (your choice!), top them with one or two scoops of bacon chili, take a few bites, and then wash it all down with a cold beer.

Note: This recipe was originally posted on my blog at Parade Magazine.

Bacon Chili Dogs Recipe
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  • 5-6 hot dogs
  • 5-6 hot dog buns
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 lb bacon, cooked till crispy
  • 1 (15-oz) can tomato sauce
  • Cheddar cheese, shredded (optional)
  1. In a large pot, brown ground beef on medium to high heat. Once browned, chop up yellow onion and mix it in with the meat. Allow the onions to caramelize. Then, add in the minced garlic.
  2. Next, add in all spices (cumin, dried thyme, chili powder, salt and pepper). Then, add in honey and tomato sauce. Allow to simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Cook bacon till crispy. Chop the bacon up and add it into the chili. Mix well and allow to simmer for 20 minutes.
  4. Cook hot dogs according to package instructions, place in a bun, and top with bacon chili and shredded cheddar cheese.


Photo: Nisa Burns Cochran

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