Trying to make sure we consume more non meat proteins, which can be a struggle when you are craving a chili cheese dog. To make it a bit healthier, I use a mixed chili. That means while the chili does contain beef, it also contains just as much (if not more), black beans. The textures and flavors come together well in this mixed chili for hot dogs because not only is it cooked together with the spices, beer, and tomatoes, but its literally pureed together into a single cohesive chili. I definitely recommend you try it out next time you feel like having a chili cheese dog.
RECIPE: Mixed Chili and Cheese Dog
Makes a 4 Dogs with lots of extra chili
Oven set to 400
Cast iron pan
Spatula or Spoon
Grill or Broiler
Homemade Chili Powder
Pepper jack Cheese
Bread or Buns
1) Begin by using the mandolin to cut up the sweet potatoes. Place the cut potato in a bowl and toss with a little bit of avocado oil and salt.
2) Lay the sweet potatoes in a single layer and slide into the oven for 30 minutes to an hour, checking occasionally to see how they are crisping up and to make sure they don’t burn.
3) Start your chili by browning some ground beef in a cast iron pan.
4) Add the black beans to the pan as well.
5) Season the bean and beef mixture with your chili spices (Garlic, Cilantro, Paprika, Cumin, Chili Powder) to your preferred pallet. I tend to shake, taste, and revise.
6) Add about a cup of tomato puree and a heavy swig or two of the beer.
7) Let the chili simmer and cook down.
8) Add the pickled jalapenos to the mixture.
9) Use the immersion blender to puree the beef and bean chili into hot dog chili consistency.
10) Chop the onions and slice the pepper jack cheese.
11) Grill the hot dogs and place them in their buns. Top with mustard, then chili, then onions, and finally cheese.
12) Serve with a side of fresh sweet potato fries with a paprika ketchup.
The hot dogs definitely look prettiest when its just the chili and onion, but adding the cheese is what makes them extra delicious. This meal is not often in my house, but it always goes quickly. If you have any leftover white wine, I definitely recommend pairing it with these mix chili and cheese dogs!