Chili Dog the North Carolina Way

If you are used to the all-meat Texas style chili or the TexMex chili with beans, then this chili is an acquired taste. I am still acquiring the taste for this; but here in NC when they say chili with your dog, this is the chili that they are talking about. It is ground beef in a sweet ketchup sauce. You food snobs out there can stop groaning and rolling your eyes now. It is actually pretty good, like most food is, if you keep an open mind and an open mouth. My little Southern Belle just happens to love this with her hot dog so I have learned to make it just the way her Grandma Dot made it. I have tried embelishing it with additional seasonings, but she likes this original recipe, so now I make it this way all the time. It’s easier on me, actually. I usually make a very small pot as I know it is only the Clone and her dad who will be eating it.

1 lb. lean ground beef
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 cups of ketchup
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon chili powder
freshly ground black pepper

Brown the ground beef and let it render it’s own oil. The brand I buy is so lean that I sometimes add a tablespoon of oil just to get it nicely browned and have enough oil to sautee the onion. If you happen to use a fatty cut, drain the excess fat before adding the rest of the ingredients. Add the onion and let it cook until translucent then add the rest of the ingredients. Some cooks like to have a sweeter sauce but with the sweetness of the ketchup, all I could muster is another teaspoon of brown sugar just to give it that extra flavor. Molasses would work well too.

Southern Cooking

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7 comments on “Chili Dog the North Carolina Way
  1. Timothy says:

    Add diced green peppers crushed red pepper and cumin and top with diced red onions and shredded cheddar cheese oh baby take me to the ballgame

  2. charles ravndal says:

    I also like it a bit sweet but very hot!

  3. stef says:

    ooooh — it’s sloppy joe!!! i haven’t had one in ages…. back when we were newlyweds i’d keep a can or two in the pantry for “emergency meals”. of course the “from scratch” version is superior. i’ve never had it on hotdogs though. now that’s a thought!

  4. joey says:

    Yes, torture us with a close up! It sure looks good, but like you, I also like my chili real spicy 🙂 But I’m also known to love sweet in my savories so I’ll probably like this as well 🙂

    I agree, those with closed mouths…stay hungry! Hahaha!

  5. JMom says:

    you’re my girl, mae 😉 gotta keep that mouth open or you’d never get to taste life.

    Hi chas, I like mine (chili) super spicy that’s why when I make the real chili con carne, I have to separate the kid’s portion first then I add a killer amount of heat! The way most southerners fix this (at least the ones I’ve tasted) is quite sweet. Too sweet for my taste.

  6. charles ravndal says:

    Hmmm i love the look of it. I like some really spicy and at the same time quite sweet as well.

  7. mae says:

    JMom, my mouth’s wide open. lol! gimme, gimme, gimme!!

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