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Hot & Smoky Chili Dogs


First Posted: 10/27/2011 4:55 pm Updated: 08/31/2012 10:48 am

Hot & Smoky Chili Dogs

Hot & Smoky Chili Dogs
Frances Janisch
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total prep 521 calories/serving
A combination of jalapeno chiles and smoky chipotles give these dogs a feisty kick. Both are available at most grocery stores, but if you can't find one, increase the amount of the other. Beer lends flavor to the chili-and you're likely to have it on hand for a Superbowl party.

Ingredients

  • FOR CHILI:
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped green pepper
  • 2 tablespoons fresh or pickled chopped jalapeno (with seeds), or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons garlic, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons mild olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons chipotles en adobo, chopped without seeds, including some sauce
  • 4 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 pounds ground beef chuck
  • 1 (12-ounce) bottle beer
  • 1 cup water
  • FOR HOT DOGS:
  • 16 18 beef hot dogs
  • 16 18 hot dog buns

Directions

  • Make chili:
    Cook onion, green pepper, jalapeno, and garlic in oil in a large heavy skillet over medium heat, stirring, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add tomato paste, chili powder, chipotle, cumin, and salt and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Add beef and cook over medium-high heat, stirring and breaking up meat, until meat is no longer pink, 5 to 8 minutes. Add beer and water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until most of liquid is evaporated, about 20 minutes. Season with salt to taste.
  • Cook hot dogs and heat buns:
    Broiler method: Preheat the broiler with oven rack 5 to 6 inches below heat. Pierce hot dogs in a few places with a knife or fork and put on a 4-sided baking sheet. Broil, turning once, until heated through and browned, 6 to 8 minutes. Spread buns open and arrange, cut sides up, on two baking sheets. Broil, once sheet at a time, until lightly toasted, 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Grill method: Prepare a grill for grilling and lightly oil rack. Pierce hot dogs in a few places with a knife or fork and grill, turning once, until heated through and browned, 6 to 8 minutes. Spread buns open and grill, cut sides down, until lightly toasted, 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Serve hot dogs in buns topped with chili.
  • Make ahead: Chili can be made 3 days ahead. Add a little water if necessary when reheating.

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