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Old Timey Southern Hot Dog Chili

Story ID:6724
Written by:Bob Gurkin (bio, contact, other stories)
Story type:Recipe
Location:Dismal Swamps USA
Year:2011
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You want to make Carolinians happy? Give them great hot dog chili. One of the most famous hot dog chilies in North Carolina was made by the late Mabel Morgan of Wilson, NC. Mabel was the one who made the chili for her familyís hot dog stand, Bruce's Hot Dog Stand. I tried to get this recipe for years and this recipe came from Mabel's daughter Millie. This is her exact recipe.

1 1/4 lb ground beef
1 large onion (About 1 cup chopped)
1 (6-oz) can tomato paste
1/2 cup ketchup
1 tbls chili powder
2 tsp worchesershire sauce
1 tsp cider or white vinegar
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper (optional)

Place the beef, onion and 2 cups of water in a Dutch oven or soup pot over very high heat. Bring the water to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and stir to begin breaking up the meat.
Add the tomato paste, ketchup, chili powder, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, salt and pepper, if using. Stir well until the tomato paste and ketchup are dissolved and the meat is mostly broken up.
Continue to cook at a simmer, stirring about every 5 minutes, about 15 minutes. As the chili thickens, you may need to reduce the heat to med-low or low so it doesn't stick. Refrigerate, covered, up to 2 days, or freeze in small freezer bags up to 6 months. Thaw or reheat in a microwave, stirring often.
Makes about 1 qt.

This Hotdog Chili works great on hotdogs and hamburgers. Here is how we prepared hotdogs in 1950s Carolina.(Still do at our home) The bun and dog of course. Then we would put mustard on either side of the dog. Then ketsup if desired. ( I donít) After the mustard place a generous amount of chili on the dog. Cover the chili with onions and then cover the entire dog with coleslaw. The coleslaw should be finely chopped. Deli coleslaw is about perfect. This is a very good hotdog and will be a hit at any gathering. Happy eating :)