‘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.

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.

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We eat a fair amount of hot dogs, brats and smoked sausage during the summer.  They are so quick to throw on the grill and serve with watermelon, corn on the cob, sliced tomatoes or some such.

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