January 23, 2012

The Ultimate Chili for your Super Bowl Chili Dogs and Frito Pies!

Thank you to Hunt’s for sponsoring this post and encouraging my culinary skills! Visit Hunts Signature Recipe Collection to find tons of delicious ideas for using Hunt’s tomatoes in your meals.



Want to score a touchdown at your Super Bowl party?
Score big with a menu featuring chili dogs and Frito Pies topped with this delicious and easy crockpot chili.

When planning a Super Bowl party I like to go for a fun food theme that is easy, can feed a crowd, and is at the ready in a crockpot throughout the big game.  That's why I created this recipe that can be thrown together in the morning and is ready to serve by game time!

Think chili dogs, chili burgers, chili cheese fries, nachos...you get the idea!

I was delighted to have the opportunity to participate in the Hunt's Reinvigorate Your Resolutions challenge through the Clever Girls Collective.  Using the Hunt's 100% Natural Petite Diced Tomatoes and 100% Natural Tomato Paste I was sent courtesy of Hunt's, I put together this winning chili that not only tastes great, but won't bench your New Year's Resolutions. The recipe contains a single Tablespoon of oil, and you can swap the ground beef for turkey or chicken for a leaner option. The heart healthy tomatoes are filled with the red antioxidant, lycopene, making them the perfect addition to the lineup.  Did you know that the body's ability to absorb lycopen is two to three times greater with canned tomatoes than with fresh ones?  Cool, huh?

Ultimate Crockpot Chili
Tops approx. 15 chili dogs or Frito pies
1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
1 Medium Onion, diced
3 Tablespoons mild chili powder
1 Tablespoon ground cumin
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 pinch cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 pound 80/20 all-natural ground beef
14.5 oz. can Hunts Petite Dice Tomatoes
6 oz. Hunts Tomato Paste
14.5 oz. can beef broth
3/4 cup water
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon brown sugar
3 Tablespoons cornmeal

Immersion/Stick Blender

Step 1:  Preheat crockpot to high.

Step 2:  In a large saucepan, heat oil.  Saute onions on medium-high heat for two minutes, till they begin to soften.

Step 3:  Add chili powder, cumin, garlic & onion powder, cayenne and salt.  Stir to form a thick paste.  Continue to cook over medium heat for 5 minutes.

Step 4:  To the crockpot, add onion mixture and remaining ingredients.  Stir to combine.  Cover and cook on high for 3 hours.

Step 5:  Remove lid from crockpot.  Pulse immersion or stick blender in the chili, just until the tomato and onion pieces are no longer visible.  You don't want to make soup, just smooth the chili out a bit.

Step 6:  Continue to cook, with lid off for another 1/2 hour.  Chili is ready to eat.

Step 7:  Replace lid and set crockpot to "warm" so that chili can be enjoyed throughout the day. 

For those not familiar with the Frito Pie phenomenon, here's how it's done:

--Use a pair of scissors to cut the sides off of your individual sized Frito bags.

--Arrange in a bowl or basket, with a fork or spoon in each.
--Guests can then serve themselves by filling their bag with chili and topping with shredded cheese.


Visit www.Hunts.com for more recipes, and check out the Hunt’s Recipe Rewards program for some great coupons!

Thank you again to Hunt’s for sponsoring my post. Find more ideas for cooking with tomatoes at Hunt’sSignatureRecipeCollection. I was selected for this opportunity by the Clever Girls Collective. All opinions expressed here are my own. #HuntsRecipe #spon


  1. and she's back! i have been waiting for your next great post :) i'm definitely going to try this recipe...i am a sucker for a chili dog.

  2. YUMMMM, We love walking tacos, and I love all your spices. Hungry, again.

  3. Hi Jenn, thanks so much for this fabulous chili recipe. I love trying different ones and can't wait to make this one. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

  4. Delicious...Totally Yummy..



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