Grandma Jenny’s homemade hotdog chili recipe

My husband’s grandma was an excellent cook and I am fortunate that she enjoyed sharing her recipes.  This recipe is one  my sweet husband loves and even my two and four year olds will devour it. 


  • 1 lb hamburger (I usually buy  Laura’s lean beef.  Grassfed beef here is expensive and this is a good compromise choice for us.)                                                                                         
  •  1/2 cup ketchup
  • 4 tsp mustard
  • 5 tbsp brown sugar (I use sucanat which works wonderfully here.)
  • 2 tbsp Chili powder
  • Tomato sauce (if needed, this is not something that I ever need to add and it works well but if your chili is a little dry you may add a few spoonfuls.)

***Most of my ingredients are organic and this recipe is delicious with homemade ketchup. 

* Brown hamburger, drain grease
* Mix ketchup, mustard, & brown sugar separately, then add to hamburger
* Add chili powder
* Let it simmer for about 5-10 minutes or so to cook together (sometimes I will allow it to simmer longer and the flavors really mix together.)

This chili is delicious.  I try to buy nitrate/nitrite free hotdogs but we don’t eat them terribly often so they are another compromise food sometimes.  I love my hot dog loaded down with chili, onions, mustard, and homemade cole slaw (just a little shredded cabbage with mayonnaise and pepper).  This chili is so good that I can eat it straight from the bowl too! 

Do you have a favorite chili recipe?



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8 Responses to Grandma Jenny’s homemade hotdog chili recipe

  1. Theresa says:

    I am totally making this for my dad. he hates chili with beans and loves hot dogs!!

    I wish you had a photo in here so I could pin it to our pinterest board. please email me if you decide to pos a photo!

  2. bbeavers says:

    Theresa, I hope that you like the recipe when you make it. I think that I will add it to our menu plan this week so that I can take a few pictures of it and post them. I will e-mail you when I do. :)

  3. Stephanie says:

    I liked this recipe, but I would only use about half the mustard.

    • bbeavers says:

      I am glad that you liked the recipe…hopefully it will taste even better the next time you make it after altering the mustard. That is one of my favorite things about cooking from scratch…it is so easy to customize recipes. :)

  4. Barbara says:

    Just tried this and I have to say, it was really quite tasty! Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  5. tammy says:

    I just made this I’m actually having a Hotdog as i type (plate beside me)
    this is really good chilli. my whole family love it..we now have a Chilli recipe that we will continue to use. Thank you for sharing

  6. Sherry says:

    Delish!! I will use this recipe everytime. Thanks for sharing.

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