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- Extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 1 medium jar ketchup, about 2 1/2 cups
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 2 tablespoons prepared yellow mustard
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 4 all-beef hot dogs (recommended: Ball Park)
- 4 hot dog rolls
- 1/2 cup grated Cheddar
- Put a skillet over medium heat and drizzle in a 2-count of olive oil. When the oil gets hazy, add the onion and garlic and cook, stirring, until it is soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the ground beef, breaking it up with the back of a spoon, and cook until nicely browned, about 10 more minutes. Stir in the ketchup, chili powder, and mustard and simmer for 15 minutes until thickened. Season with salt and pepper.
- While the chili is cooking, get the grill going. Place a large grill pan on 2 burners over medium-high heat or preheat an outdoor gas or charcoal barbecue and get it very hot. Take a few paper towels and fold them several times to make a thick square. Blot a small
- amount of oil on the paper towel. Then carefully and quickly wipe the hot grates of the grill to make a nonstick grilling surface.
- Bring a pot of water up to a simmer and parboil the dogs for about 5 minutes. Take them out of the water, pat them dry, and grill them just long enough to mark them. (That'll give them a grilled flavor too.) Brush the insides of the rolls with olive oil and lay them face down on the grill; cook until toasty. To serve, put a dog in each roll and top with the chili and some Cheddar.