Spiral Chili Dogs

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Spiral Chili Dogs

I saw a video on youtube showing how to spiral cut hotdogs and I thought it was brilliant! You may be asking yourself why you’d ever want a spiral cut hotdog…but believe me, there are lots of benefits!

For example:

  • A) your toppings sit nicely in the created slots and don’t slip off
  • B) you are able to get an equal char on each side of the hotdog
  • and C) the hotdog actually gets crispy in that crispy bacon kind of way, mmmm

I think that once you give it a shot, you’ll never go back to eating a regular hotdog…who would have guessed that a wooden skewer could improve a hotdog so much.

I had never had chili dogs before I married my husband, but I will admit that they are delicious. We love to eat chili in the fall and I especially love that you are able to make a big batch of chili with very little hassle. I use ground turkey in place of ground beef and always throw in lots of veggies. I have made several batches of chili for our friends and our friends in Indianapolis used to request it all the time. I will tell you that my chili has a bit of a kick–so if you are not into spicy food, I’d recommend going a little lighter on the spices. 

The Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 2 15 oz cans kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 15 oz cans fire roasted tomatoes
  • 2 bell peppers, diced–I used a red and green bell pepper
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced
  • 1 large sweet or red onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn
  • 2-4 cloves fresh garlic, minced
  • 1 tbs chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tsp hot sauce–or less or you can omit it if you’d like 
  • Salt and fresh cracked black pepper

How to:

  • Preheat large stock pot with a small amount of olive oil
  • Add diced peppers and onions to stock pot, sautéing until slightly softened
  • Move peppers and onions to the edge of the pan and add 1 lb of ground meat to pan
  • Add spices:
    • 1 tbs chili powder
    • 1 tsp cumin
    • 1/4-1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
    • 1/2 tsp onion powder
    • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
    • 2 tsp hot sauce–or less or you can omit it if you’d like 
    • Salt and fresh cracked black pepper
  • Cook until meat is cooked through and add garlic, corn, and jalapeños
  • Once meat is cooked through and vegetables are softened, add kidney beans and canned tomatoes
  • Allow to simmer, stirring occasionally, for 30-35 minutes or longer if you have more time--this is a great time to transfer it to the crock pot too and let it simmer for a few hours!
  • Serve with your favorite garnishes or use it on top of hotdogs for a delicious fall treat:)
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