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Chili Mac Dogs for Recipe Friday

Okay, so this is kind of a silly recipe (actually two recipes), but it is surprisingly tasty, and has a story to go with it.

Several years ago, I suggested to my son that we have Chili Mac and he thought the idea sounded gross. But then two weeks ago, when it was just me and him home for dinner because my husband was at a hockey game, I looked in the cupboard and there was a can of Hormel Chili. I had bought it a while back for the  purpose of making chili dogs, which has become one of my son’s favorite foods recently. (It’s Sonic the Hedgehog’s favorite food, so he decided he loved them, too.)

Anyway, I looked at the can of Hormel Chili, and knew I had Kraft Macaroni and Cheese, and made the once-rejected suggestion again. His response this time was, “Mmmmm, that sounds good!” He loved it! Since then he has said several times that we should have Chili Mac more often. It’s easy, so maybe we will.

Chili Mac


1 box Kraft Macaroni and Cheese
¼ cup milk
¼ cup butter
1 can Hormel Chili (with or without beans)


Prepare Macaroni and Cheese with milk and butter according to package directions. Heat Chili in a small pan. Stir Chili and Mac and Cheese together. Heat through on low heat to combine flavors.

And now, the rest of the story

When I told my son I had scheduled a post that mentioned Sonic the Hedgehog, and that it was for Chili Mac, he got all excited. “I know,” he said, “post a recipe for Chili Mac Dogs. That would be an original recipe.” He insisted I modifiy this post to include his original recipe.

A caveat: We have not actually tried this yet, but my son is convinced it would be delicious. It may have to be on the menu soon.

Chili Mac Dogs


Chili Mac
Hot dogs
Hot dog buns


Prepare Chili Mac according to recipe above. Cook hot dogs according to package directions (either boil or fry). Lightly toast hot dog buns under the broiler, if desired. Place one hot dog in each bun and top with Chili Mac. Enjoy!

If I make it in the next week, I’ll come back and post a picture.


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Chili with Beans for Recipe Friday

More snow storms are on the way on the east coast, and it’s not all the warm here in the Pacific Northwest, either. Winter still has a way to go before spring arrives. So here’s my chili recipe to go with it to warm you up.

I suspect there are hundreds of chili recipes. Some have beans and some don’t. Some have meat and some don’t. I’ve even heard of chili with turkey or tofu, though you’ll never find either in my house. A lot of people swear by starting with dry beans and soaking them, but I’ve never had much luck with soaking beans. As long as you rinse the canned variety well, I find they work just fine and you don’t have to plan so far ahead when you want to have chili. If you have all of the ingredients on hand, this recipe takes less than an hour from start to finish. It results in more of a soup-like chili than some I’ve had and is similar to how my mom always made it.

For many years when my son was young we didn’t have chili very often because he refused to eat beans. He was not generally a terribly picky eater, but he drew the line at beans of any kind. Then one time, about four years ago, we were eating in a bar-b-q restaurant in Keystone, South Dakota, which is near Mt. Rushmore. Every meal came with baked beans. My husband and I were teasing our son and commenting how delicious the beans were and that it was a good thing our son didn’t like them, because that meant there was more for us. So he said, “Give me those beans,” with the intention (he told us later) of trying them and proving they were awful. Instead, he discovered they were awesome! He’s been eating beans of all kinds ever since. Even in this chili!

Chili with Beans

1 lb ground beef
1 sweet onion, chopped
1 red pepper, chopped
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
2 cans ready cut tomatoes
1 can tomato sauce
1 can red kidney beans
1 can black beans
2 tsp Mexican oregano
Lots of chili powder
1 tsp chipotle chili powder
A few dashes of hot sauce
Salt and pepper to taste
Water, if needed, for desired consistency

Fry ground beef. Remove excess grease. Add onion, red pepper, and garlic and stir for about 5 minutes for the veggies to get a bit tender. Add spices. Stir in tomatoes. Simmer for 10 minutes. Add tomato sauce. Rinse beans and add both cans. Add a can or less of water to reach desired consistency. Let simmer about 10 minutes. Taste to see if you need more chili powder, salt, or pepper. Simmer another 10 minutes and serve with corn bread, biscuits, or crackers.


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