chili dogs and root beer

Posted on Apr 13, 2011 in Food

If you haven’t noticed, I’m from Indiana.

Honestly, I’m a pretty stereotypical Hoosier. That means I love exactly four things: basketball, pork tenderloins, my family and the Indianapolis 500.

I went to my first Indy 500 with my Dad when I was 11 years old. I’ve been to almost every 500 since (last year was my 15th!). Open-wheel racing isn’t just one of my favorite sports, but it is also part of my family and regional culture. People are really surprised when they find out I know so much about fast cars. There is always some middle-aged man at races that takes one look at me and assumes I am totally sports ignorant. I tend to let them ramble, and then ask a question like, “So how many different aero packages do you think we’re going to see on the 2012 chasis?” and they shut up. I get a sick satisfaction from that.

Anywho. There are a lot of traditions in my family that are related to racing. We sit in the same place. We eat the same food. My Dad even carries the same backpack every year.

Of course, there are races other than the Indianapolis 500 in the open-wheel racing season and with that, other traditions. The first race of the season almost always falls around the end of March. When I was 12 years old, my Dad and I went to Florida for Spring Break. We spent an amazing day swimming with manatees and snorkeling. We were starving afterwards, so we ran into Publix and grabbed a pack of hot dogs, a 2-liter of root beer, a can of chili dog sauce and hot dog buns. We drove back to my grandparents’ winter home, fixed the chili dogs and happened to stumble on the first open-wheel race of the season on TV.

Thus a tradition was born—chili dogs and root beer during the first race of the season. And that is what we’ve done for the past 15 years. And what we did two weekends ago, when my favorite fast cars raced around the Streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.  Of course, immediately beforehand I was running 10 miles, so you know I wasn’t slaving over a stove, and I definitely wasn’t opening a can of chili dog sauce. Slow cooker to the rescue!

Slow Cooker Chili Dog Sauce (AKA : Coney Dog Sauce)

Makes enough sauce for approximately 12 hot dogs

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1-1/2 cups ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • Salt and pepper,to taste

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients (crumble up beef with hands) in a slow cooker.
  • Cook on high for 3-4 hours or until thick and bubbly.
  • Add more water if sauce gets too thick.
  • Serve over hot dogs, top with chopped onions and shredded cheddar cheese.

Do you have any family food traditions?

 

16 Comments

  1. OMNOMNOM.

    I am soooo making this when we’re eating meat again.
    We have food traditions related to holidays, but nothing fun like this!

    • You could probably do a meatless version too with beans or soy crumbles. Or just wait until after Easter (right?) :P.

  2. I love this post! I have been on a hot dog kick for a few months now…trying all different types. I will have to post about the one we had a few weeks ago! Also a fan of the Indy Races…they are somewhat new to the area here but are growing popularity…I can’t wait to take my husband to his first race!

    • I know I’m not supposed to, but I LOVE hot dogs! They are so good. And I love IndyCar, too!

  3. Just wanted to tell you that I found your blog (through Recipage!) and your pictures are SO beautiful!! I hope mine look that nice someday! :)

    • PS I have been to the Indy 500 four times. Casey is Indianapolis born and bread – SUCH a fun event!

    • Thank you so much! I love your blog and it means a ton to hear good things from you. :D Oh, and I love Recipage so far! Seriously such a genius idea.

  4. Why have I never thought of doing this in the crockpot??!!!! Can’t wait to make this on a busy week night!

    • Super easy! Just boil up your hot dogs and dinner is ready in 5 minutes. :)

  5. My mother is from Costa Rica. She came here (NOLA) when she was 18. Every New Years Eve she, along with my grandmother and my aunt would make a massive pile of tamales. Not the little ones that some people sell but big fat delicious tamales. The ones the family didn’t eat would then be given out as a sign of well wishes for the new year. Still to this can’t think of tamales in any other way.

    • Ooooh! I’ve never had a “real” tamale. They always look AMAZING.

  6. Your blog is awesome, and your photos are incredible! I am going to learn a LOT from you, I can already tell. :) PS – I totally used the Glow blog theme for my blog before too! Although it never looked quite as good as this… I gotta figure out how to do the entire-page-flowing-banner-thing… :D Thanks for being, well, you!

    • Aww! Thank you so much. I adore your blog. Our stories/philosophies are so similar! :)

  7. Wow!!! I grew up eating too many chili dogs and haven’t had a good one in awhile, but this recipe is going to bring chili dogs back into my life!

    • Chili dogs should never leave your life. YUM!

  8. So, my husband is a little obsessed with hotdogs & I’ve been looking for the perfect coney dog sauce! Let’s just say I’m getting the ingredients all together now & my mouth is already watering!! Can’t wait to try it!

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