The Meal Planner

When you are at the mall, do you ever get a craving for a smooth and fruity Orange Julius as you walk by it's brightly colored stand? And while ordering said Julius, do you see the hot dogs turning away on their spit, smell their sweet greasy scent and then get a craving for a hot dog smothered in chili and cheese?

I sure do. And so does my husband. We love those Chili Cheese Dogs. I just can't justify paying $3 for a small little hot dog though. So a few months ago as I meal planned I got a hankering for an Orange Julius Chili Cheese Dog and went looking for an at-home recipe. I knew my own chili recipe just wasn't right for this kind of meal...too smokey and full bodied. When I saw this one was made in only 10 minutes and was utterly quick and easy it seemed like a shoo-in.

I admit it's not the healthiest supper in the world, but just serve it with a side salad and you'll be fine...or make this a totally Orange Julius meal and whip up a fruit smoothie. You gotta satisfy those cravings every once in a while.

Recipe adapted from Tyler Florence

Serves 6

1 lb ground beef
1 cup ketchup
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1 clove garlic, minced
1 can of kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 tablespoon prepared yellow mustard
Salt and pepper
6 Hot Dogs (the big Ball Park variety work well)
6 hot dog buns
1/2 cup shredded Cheddar
1/4 onion, diced (optional)

In a frying pan over medium high heat, brown the ground beef with garlic, salt and pepper. Drain any fat that remains. Add the kidney beans, ketchup, mustard, chili powder, and cumin. Turn to medium-low and let simmer for a couple minutes while you make the hot dogs.

Cook the hot dogs in your favorite method: In the summer we like to do them on the BBQ, but in all honesty our favorite method to cook hot dogs is...your gonna laugh...the microwave. I don't know what it is, but the microwave cooks a hot dog perfectly! Depending on their size they need about 1 minute. But if you prefer them boiled, baked, broiled...whatever floats your boat, go ahead.

Serve by placing a hot dog in a bun, top with chili, shredded cheese and diced onion (if you like that sorta thing.) Go ahead and eat up, but you may at this point want to give it 20 seconds in the microwave just to get the cheese all melting and the bun nice and warm.

Click here for printable version of Chili Cheese Dogs


We love these things in our house! The chili is quite sweet because of the ketchup, but it really compliments the beefy hot dog. I'm sure this meal would satisfy 15 month old really dug it.

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5 Responses
  1. We love chili dogs over here! But the one thing I really crave are the Costco polish dogs on Kaiser buns :D
    Nothing quite comes close to the real thing though!

    An aside question, do you clip coupons as well as shop the sales?

  2. I did start clipping coupons last month. In Canada we seem to get gipped out of the same awesome deals and coupons that Americans get. I also don't even get to take advantage of rainchecks! It's so frustrating! I will meal plan around something specifically on sale that week in the flyer and I will get there, it will be sold out, and there's nothing I can do about it.

    As far as coupons go, I found an awesome Canadian website that I can click on the coupons I want and they mail them to me (and pay for the postage!) We don't have a printer so I'm not sure how I can make work for me, although I'd love to. I never think to buy a Sunday paper, but I think if I did I could get more coupons that way too.

    But yes, the coupons that I have collected I do try to double up with store sales. I never seem to have quite the amazing results as other frugal coupon clipping moms, but I'm also just getting started at it I guess.

    Oh and good call on the Costco Hot Dogs! I haven't had one of those in years...the nice thing about hem is they are HUGE and CHEAP. good.

  3. I had no idea you were in Canada! So your food prices are probably different than down here in the US?

    So, at your request, I have posted about what we ate this week. Unlike your step by step instructions and beautiful photography, mine is simply the title of the meal...period. You'll see the explanation why in my post :)

    Oh, and don't feel inadequate about the coupon clipping. It takes a while to get the hang of it. But it sure is fun once you do! I recommend you read "Shop, Save and Share" by Ellie Kay. She is funny as well as informative and tells you how to do coupon clipping well without all the hassle.

  4. Yeah I think our food prices are quite different. Sometimes when I'm reading the $5 Dinner Mom's blog and she's posting the prices of her ingredients, I just think "Even on sale I would NEVER get it for that cheap!"

    Thanks for posting your meals for the week. I plan on checking it out right now.

    I really do love coupon clipping. I think I just need to find more sources for getting ahold of coupons. I went grocery shopping today and got the BEST DEAL EVER since I started was pretty exciting. I'll probably do a post on my thrifty find.

  5. Please do post on your "steal of a deal", it is always encouraging to read what others saved :) Plus, then we can rejoice with you in your frugal find!

    Thanks for your gracious commentary on my meals. I will post the recipes later on this week.