But eventually I'll redo it and get down an exact recipe that I'll use every time. This recipe... is... scattered!
Yesterday, groceries getting low, I decided to have hot dogs, but didn't have any chili. Travis hadn't taken his phone, so I couldn't call him to pick up some on the way home. So I decided to try to make some.
Never having made hot dog chili, I looked up 4 or 5 recipes online, and sort of put together what I thought would work.
- 1 lb. ground deer burger (next time I'm using beef - I like deer meat, but not so much deer burger)
- 1 med. onion, finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, mashed/chopped
- 1½ T. chili powder (that's all I had)
- ½ c. brown sugar (One recipe I was looking at called for 1 1/4 cups!!!)
- 3 tomatoes run thru the food processor (I had no canned tomatoes, and didn't measure how much this made)
- I think I put in 1 t. salt
- And today I added beans to change the recipe from what I first intended. =)
~Then added a little water, about a cup, and added in the chili powder, and sugar (leaving this out next time!). It was too sweet!!!
~Some recipes said ketchup, but I knew that would be sweet too, so I added 3 tomatoes (that's all I had. I'll used canned, diced tomatoes next time). It was still too sweet, so I read online to add a potato and let it cook for awhile, then remove it. Still too sweet, in my opinion.
~I let it simmer awhile. I wanted to thicken it a bit, so I used a whisk to mix a 1/4 c. water and a small amount of sifted flour, and added it to the hot chili. Looked like hot dog chili, but didn't exactly have the taste like what I think of hot dog chili.
It was not what I wanted.
Then Travis called from a borrowed phone before he headed home, and I asked him to get a can of chili. =)
But Travis liked what I cooked and used it instead of the canned chili!
Then I put it in the fridge w/ plans to work on it some more later.
~Today, I added beans to have chili beans instead of hot dog chili. I had a 20 oz. bag for 15-bean soup, and decided to use those. =)
Well, I let the water get too low... and the beans stuck in the pot. So I transferred them to another pot, and continued. But I ended up with less beans than I intended.
~Finally, I added the beans with liquid to yesterday's chili, and since it was past time for supper, microwaved them together for about 8 minutes to heat the chili and hopefully blend the flavors.
I added a bit more salt, and it turned out great! (according to my family)
Me? I liked it better after I added the sour cream, ha!
I think it was the deer burger and sugar...
Serve with tortilla chips and top with shredded cheese and sour cream. Yum, yum! (according to my family! =)