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Mama’s Hot Dogs (Recipe: Skillet Hot Dog Chili)

Somewhere along  the line, she came upon a recipe for homemade hot dog chili.  From that day forward, she never bought a package of hot dogs without buying a pound of ground beef to make the chili.  Hot dogs and chili were for ever united in our home.


  • 1 medium sweet onion diced
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt.


  • Add a small amount of cooking oil to a hot skillet. Drop in diced onions and cook for about 5 minutes or until the onions began to softened.
  • Add ground beef to skillet with onions. Cook and stir until all pink is gone from the meat. Drain if necessary.
  • Put ketchup and chili powder in beef mixture and stir well. Add water and salt. Stir well. Simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Serve hot on hot dogs.
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