‘Cheater’ Chili – for hot dogs and more! – 75 Days of Summer Slow Cooker Recipes

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We love a good cheater recipe around here!  Kim has a fantastically easy version of Chili for hot dogs.  You’re going to love this recipe.  Bonus: there are 3 different methods for cooking it.  Check out the notes on the recipe and choose what works for you.
Hot dog - All the way
Everyone has their own preferences when it comes to hot dog toppings. For me, I want a grilled hot dog, loaded with chili, onions, mustard, ketchup, and slaw….yummmm!  With grilling season under way, and lots of cook outs planned for July 4th, I wanted to share this super simple chili recipe I recently made. You only need THREE ingredients…a couple of pantry staples and ground beef…that’s it!
Cheater Chili EAH
I used one can of Hunt’s Seasoned Tomato Sauce for Chili and one can of Manwich Sauce (for Sloppy Joes). My original intent was to use this as a base, but I was pleasantly surprised to find I didn’t need to add anything but the ground beef! It had a great flavor, and was perfect for our hot dogs! I received lots of compliments on it too.  I also think this could easily be made in the slow cooker, but someone would need to be available to give it a stir once in a while to break up the meat.

‘Cheater’ Chili – for hot dogs and more!

Ingredients

  • 1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce seasoned for chili
  • 1 (15 oz) can Manwich Sloppy Joe sauce- original
  • 2 lbs. lean ground beef
  • cayenne pepper (optional)

Instructions

  1. Add tomato sauce and Manwich sauce in a large pot.
  2. Add 2 lbs ground beef, breaking into chunks.
  3. Heat on medium high heat until boiling.
  4. Stir and break up meat frequently.
  5. Once beef is broken down to small pieces, reduce heat and simmer for approx. 30 mins.
  6. Stir occasionally while simmering.
  7. Add cayenne pepper, to taste, if desired.

Notes

To make entirely in the slow cooker, place all ingredients in the crock. Cook on high 5-6 hours or low for 7-8 hours. Stir every hour or two to break up the meat.

Or start with ground beef that has already been cooked. Stir it together with the other ingredients and heat on low for 3-4 hours.

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If you want a little spicy kick to your chili, you could add in some cayenne pepper! I made this chili the night before my cookout, and heated it up in my crock pot the day of. This also kept the chili nice and warm without tying up my stove top.
How do you eat your hot dogs?!
KimM is a contributing writer for Eat at Home. She has three children, ages 12, 10 and 5; 2 fur babies, and blogs about her kitchen adventures at Makin’ it Mo’Betta. You can also follow on PinterestFacebook and Twitter.

Tangy Sweet Pork Chops in the Slow Cooker – 2 Ingredients Plus the Pork

tangy sweet pork chops in the crockpot

I love assembly only recipes for the slow cooker, don’t you?  Less than 5 minutes of prep and dinner is well on it’s way to being ready.

You may recognize the two ingredients that are paired up in this recipe from the popular meatball appetizers that get served at parties.  I decided to try it over pork chops instead of meatballs.  Really, I think you could use any type of meat for this.  Use what you find in your freezer or what’s on sale.

I served this with Easy Smashed Sweet Potatoes and steamed broccoli.  It tasted like I’d spent a long time cooking, but in total it probably only added up to about 15 minutes of hands on work.  And that was spread out over the day.  Perfect for a busy family!

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Wimpys aka Sloppy Joes

When I was growing up, my family always called sandwiches like this Wimpys.   I’m not sure how old I was when I figured out that everyone else calls the Sloppy Joes.

When I made these, my intention was to just use a can of Manwich.  But I couldn’t find it anywhere in the grocery.  I looked in all the logical places, but no Manwich.

So, I decided to make some homemade.  This recipe is adapted from Simply Recipes.  Her recipe has ketchup and carrots.  I used chili sauce and red peppers.  Mine also has more meat, but I liked her base of seasonings although I skipped a few of the herbs and spices.  Change this up for your tastes and pantry.

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Chili Sauce Chicken Legs

chili sauce chicken legs done

The beauty of a chicken leg is not in how it looks.  They may be ugly, but they’re a kid-pleasing food that’s easy to fix.

I cooked these in the slow cooker, but you could do them in the oven instead.  Here’s what you’ll need:

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Homemade Baked Beans in the Slow Cooker

baked beans done

Last weekend we had friends over for dinner and I made these baked beans.  They were so good and easy.  I combined ideas from several recipes books, including a church cookbook and the More with Less Cookbook.  The result is a recipe that uses canned beans and cooks in the slow cooker.  I wanted to use the slow cooker because baked beans taste best with a long cooking time, but I didn’t want to heat up the kitchen.

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