While you’re reading this post, we’ll be settling into our temporary digs in San Pedro, Belize! I’m not sure what it’s like since I’m writing this ahead of time, but hopefully we’re loving it already! I’ll try to post some photos at the end of each week that we’re there for those of you who are interested!
Meanwhile, let’s talk about this low carb Chili Dog Soup recipe! Hopefully you don’t think it sounds weird – it kind of felt like a no-brainer when I was making it! Then I tasted it and I knew it was going to be a winner!
It’s super easy (which you know I love) and the flavors are fantastic! I recommend using a good quality hot dog, preferably with a natural casing so you get that snap when you bite into them – perfection!
I spent a large part of my childhood in New Britain, CT and there is a famous hot dog joint there called Capital Lunch. Have any of you heard of it? They make the best chili dogs EVAH, and have been featured in numerous magazines and foodie television shows because of it.
When I was growing up we lived within walking distance of Capital Lunch and I remember heading over there often because you could get two amazing chili dogs, a can of soda, and a bag of chips for around $1.50 – crazy cheap and oh so satisfying!
They get their hot dogs from right around the block at Martin Rosol’s, which makes natural casing hot dogs, red hots, and some of the best kielbasa around. I used to love it when my mom would come home with that white cardboard box tied with twine because I knew what awesome deliciousness waited inside. No summer picnic was without them!
Anyway, this chili dog soup is an ode to my childhood and the Capital Lunch chili dogs – though I’m not claiming in any way that the chili flavor in this soup is as good as theirs. That would be blasphemy!
My personal favorite way to eat a chili dog is with mustard, raw onions, and good quality sauerkraut, so that’s what I topped my soup with. I also added cilantro and avocados because I had some and I like them on my chili – it definitely worked for me on this low carb chili dog soup as well.
The beauty of this soup is that it makes the perfect base for whatever your favorite chili dog toppings are! Love cheese on yours? Throw some on there! You can prep a variety of toppings for your family or friends and let them all customize their bowls.
In fact this low carb chili dog soup would be a great Superbowl party recipe – you can make a huge batch and throw it in the crockpot, then prep a bunch of toppings and let people have at it! I guarantee it will be a huge hit!
- 1.5 lbs ground beef (90/10)
- ½ cup prepared salsa (I used Pace medium)
- 3 cups water
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1 tsp chili powder
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp onion powder
- 1 Tbsp ground cumin
- ¼ tsp ground mustard powder
- 4 good quality hot dogs, sliced
- ¼ cup low sugar ketchup
- 2 Tbsp dijon mustard
- 1 tsp red wine vinegar
- Combine the ground beef, salsa, water, salt, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, ground mustard, and sliced hot dogs in a medium sized pot. Bring to a boil and simmer over medium heat for 30 minutes (or 3 hours in a crockpot on low heat). Stir in the ketchup, mustard, and red wine vinegar and cook for another 5 minutes. Serve hot garnished with your favorite chili dog toppings.
- Topping Suggestions: Chopped onions (raw or cooked), shredded cheese, sauerkraut, cilantro, avocado, or anything else you like!
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