Dog Chili

I’ve got to make something called chili dog for church next week. Or dog chili. Somebody mentioned something about hotdogs. So I’m guessing if I make my 7-bean stew and make it really thick, that’s going to work, right? Because people will want to place chili on the hot dogs, right? Or should I cut up some hotdogs and integrate them into the chili (which is what I’d prefer. Cutting up hotdogs and adding them to everything is a very Soviet tradition, so I’m into that.)

24 thoughts on “Dog Chili”

  1. Since I’m procrastinating on a couple of work projects, I’m just a font of wisdom today. Here goes: Chili dog is a hot dot on the bun with chili serving as a sort of condiment. “Chili” usually has flavor profile with cumin, onion, garlic, and chili pepper in some form (sweet paprika can boost the flavor without adding heat). If your 7-bean stew has a different set flavors it might not meet expectations — but if you can make it with the expected seasonings it should work.

    Supermarkets sell a spice blend called “chili seasoning” with the expected spices pre-mixed, but be careful not to get straight-up chili powder (which is just red pepper) by mistake.

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    1. How interesting. I’ve never even eaten what people call chili because I don’t eat cooked onions and there’s got to be a ton of that.

      It’s really weird that people would want to put it on top of hot dogs. Why is American food always aimed at creating the worst possible mess? Is it the “we are all just simple folks” affectation?

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        1. Also, when I’ve encountered folks in the UK making chili, they invariably serve it over rice. It makes a certain intuitive sense to do it that way, but in my experience Americans NEVER serve it like that. Never. It sometimes get served over spaghetti (as at the Steak-n-Shake restaurant chain. https://orderonline.steaknshake.com/o/restaurant/18248/group/32827/item/255686) or with macaroni in the form of chili-mac (https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/rachael-ray/chili-mac-recipe-1913016)

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          1. “Americans NEVER serve it like that.”

            I actually do chilli over rice a lot. One of my standard two day meal plans

            Day 1: My Hungarian goulash/porkolt hybrid (served over pasta) (pork, paprika, garlic, onion, red wine, carrots)

            Day 2: Goulash leftovers with beans, cumin, chili, balsamic vinegar, tomato and honey added and then served over rice.

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  2. ” I don’t eat cooked onions ”

    That rules out inviting you over for dinner (that and the separate continent thing). I hardly make anything without cooked onions, though often by the time the dish is done they’ve essentially dissolved and/or can’t be picked out of everything else.

    I had a crazy aunt who swore she was allergic to cooked (not raw, just cooked) onions….

    As for chili dogs, I’ve never tried them. I like chili and I don’t mind hot dogs but ….. together? I like lots of weird things put together but that’s never been a combination I thought worth exploring.

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    1. I’m your crazy aunt. 🙂 I’m going to barf up a storm if I’m served anything with cooked onions. Or if I just see them from a distance. Obviously, it’s psychological, but what allergy isn’t?

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      1. ” barf up a storm if I’m served anything with cooked onions”

        Did you see the Dublin Murders (based on Tana French books)? Cooked onions actually turn up as a plot point! (though overall the series was only about 2/3 of what it could have been).

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  3. If it’s for taste rather than allergy reasons, I think there’s a difference between onion used as an ingredient and onion used as a spice.

    Unlike the sickly-sweet rough-chopped stuff in kotlety, which is where I got my own onion aversion from, in chili, it’s usually chopped fine and intermingled with the rest of the spices and meat juices so well you can’t really taste it individually.

    I consider chili to be one of the best things on the savoury spectrum, there’s a good chance you’ve been missing out on something you’d love.

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    1. Lots of folks make their chili with onion powder and garlic powder rather than actual chopped vegetables — FYI.

      (I count it as a personal victory that I have persuaded my daughter’s boyfriend to cook with fresh garlic rather than the dehydrated stuff he grew up with.)

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      1. I love garlic, though. I put tons of fresh garlic into everything. It’s all on my grandpa who was a doctor and completely obsessed with the healthy qualities of garlic.

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  4. Demotrash, have you ever met a polyamorist who was not authoritarian / hierarchical, though? I can see dating more than one person, if you’re not in a committed relationship, but group dating? I have noticed that in practice this works more like having a stable, not having a democratic utropia

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    1. Exactly. Plus, this whole idea, which they repeat, like a mantra, of “not going to one person for all your needs” reminds me of the new nail salon here in town that promises to “meet all your nail needs.” Human relationships are not businesses. People are not objects of consumption. The whole approach is disgusting. You get together with people,for any sort of relationship, not because you want to use them to fulfil endless needs but because you have something to share, something to give. But obviously, if you are such a needy creature, then nothing short of a harem will suffice.

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    2. “have you ever met a polyamorist who was not authoritarian / hierarchical, though?”

      It depends, when I first became aware of polyamory (back in the 1990s) it quickly became apparent that all the…. groups described/profiled were made up of a Queen Bee (male or female) and hangers on (more male than female).
      They seemed like mini cults and I imagine the day to day dynamics are pretty cult like as the hangers on vie to make their relationship with the queen bee more ‘special’ than the others.

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      1. That’s what I’ve observed. And everyone is somehow insecure/needy, all the time, but pretending not to be. And old-fashioned open relationship is more convenient because more honest.

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