TTF: Chili, anyone?


I have several other Tyler selections available to me right now, but this is what suits my week right now. It seems likely that I have not broken my big toe, just hurt it badly, but it still means I have been limping as I move around, not moving very fast, and experiencing pain, so simple and easy is what I need for meals.

I'm not on Twitter, but I know that Tyler Twittered about this recipe for Chili dogs very recently. And while we like chili around here, what we like tends to be a chili made with chunks of beef, not something you want to slather on on a hot dog. Still, it looked like something easy to make and that might work. If nothing else, the boys would eat the hot dogs.

I skipped cooking the hot dogs with the bay leaf and thyme and garlic, choosing instead to just grill them. I also did not put any oil on the buns before toasting them and don't find it necessary to get a good toasting. And I did not make coleslaw to put on the dogs, going instead with cheese, cause cheese is a good topping for chili and a good topping for hot dogs.

I ended up being the only one to eat this, no one else was interested. And, sorry Tyler, it wasn't my favorite of recipes. It was okay, but since the chili consisted of ground beef, ketchup, mustard and chili powder, what I tasted was ketchup with ground beef in it.

Would I make this again? Maybe, but only if I had people over to feed that I knew would enjoy a basic chili. And I'd increase the chili powder, and maybe find something else to go in there to counter the ketchup and its sweetness.

Oh well, not every recipe can be a winner to everybody. With that said, this is still my submission for this week's Tyler Florence Fridays. Last week's selection to appear on Tyler's blog was Heather, from Girlchef, with her very pretty Roasted Chicken with Wilted Butter Lettuce and Peas. Congrats heather!


11 comments:

Natashya said...

Oh, sorry you didn't care for it. I quite enjoyed it. But then again, I have never had a real chili cheese dog, I liked his condiment chili made for hotdogs.

Megan said...

You've got to try his other recipe for chili - it's much better than the version you tried.

girlichef said...

Thanks Jenny ;) I tried these awhile back and they weren't my absolute faves, but I did enjoy them...great photo!

Kim said...

Sorry to hear about your toe - OUCH!! One time I had a FROZEN 3 pound pork tenderloin drop on my little toe. It hurt like crazy and was very swollen. My husband thought it was broken, but it got better in a couple days. I couldn't wear my shoes, so I wore flip flops in the middle of the winter : ) Hope it feels better soon. I love chili cheese dogs, but I always forget about making them. They look picture perfect.

ARLENE said...

I had told my SO about this recipe when someone else posted it. I know he'd like it; not so sure if I would. I'm not really a chili eater, though, so I might like this alternative.

Debinhawaii said...

Bummer this wasn't a winner for you--it certainly looks good!

Joanne said...

I'm sorry this was not a favorite. I don't like hot dogs OR ketchup so I know it wouldn't be in my top five either.

Pam said...

I made this too. I thought the chili was sort of "manwichy" but still good for topping a hot dog.

cantbelieveweate said...

I know what you mean about this recipe. When I saw the ketchup I knew it would be rather sloppy-joe-like. I ended up adding a bit more chili powder and cumin...lots more cumin, and a few dashes of Tabasco. Amazingly, the kids (17 y/o girls) added a lot more Tabasco at the table. It worked out well for camping...but like you - NO coleslaw!
Hope your toe is better soon...

Kristin said...

Sorry you didn't love it. That has happened to me a couple times, when you already have a favorite recipe of something, it seems hard to beat it. Coming over from TFF, have a great weekend!

melissa said...

sorry you didn't like the chili dogs! i'm old fashioned and probably wouldn't go for it either. i love my hot dog with a little ketchup and pickles and that's it!