Your NFL Sunday Football Menu Needs to Include This Super Easy-to-Make Hot Dog Chili

by Thad Mitchell

The 2021 NFL season is off to a roaring start as fans are more than ready to turn the page on the 2020 season and welcome in a brand new season.

For football fans, the return of the NFL season means it’s time to tailgate. In order to have a tailgate, as most Outsiders know, the essentials are friends, ice-cold beverages, maybe a couple of cornhole boards and food — lots and lots of food. Now, there are no set rules as you what must serve up at a tailgate and the potential menu for a get-together is limitless. That being said, there are a few classics that are always a smash hit.

You’re going to want chips and something to dip them such as ranch dressing, salsa, guacamole or old fashion cheese dip. Chicken wings are also a crowd-pleaser as are sub sandwiches, spicey gumbo, hamburger, hot dogs or pretty much anything barbecued. You’re also going to want to share a dessert with your fellow NFL football fans, so cheesecake, ice cream or pudding are some of the top options.

Then there is the iconic tailgate meal — a big bowl of piping hot chili. There are also several different ways to prepare chili for your NFL tailgating party and there is really no wrong way to cook chili. Well — I suppose there is a wrong way to cook chili but we aren’t going there.

Instead, we are going to check out this recipe for a “quick and easy” chili that your fellow tailgaters will love. This winning recipe comes to us from Debi Morgan, who created the southern food blog “Quiche My Grits.”

In a blog post, Morgan says her “easy hot dog chili” recipe is perfect as a condiment topping for items like hot dogs or even french fries for your NFL tailgate Here are the ingredients you’re going to need for the chili:

  • 1 lb. ground chuck or turkey
  • 1 envelope chili seasoning
  • half a cup of water
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup minced onion
  • 2 tablespoon of sugar
  • dash of hot sauce or Worcestershire
  • Salt, pepper to taste

Next, Morgan lays out six steps to bring the quick and easy NFL tailgate chili together.

1. Brown ground chuck or turkey in a skillet. Drain grease.

2. Add chili seasoning and water. Simmer until thickened (about 5 minutes).

3. Use a fork to break up any large chunks of meat. It should be as fine as possible.

4. Add ketchup, onion and sugar. Stir well and cook for 10 minutes over medium-low heat until meat is tender.

5. Sprinkle in a dash of hot sauce or Worchestershire (your choice).

6. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Once you’ve got the chili ready, the next step is to pour it over a hot dog, crack open a cold open and enjoys a day of NFL football and friends.