Detroit Greekish Chili

The best chili dog in the world is the Detroit coney.  I have one every time I’m in the “D”.  They don’t make them in DC – yeah, I know there is Ben’s Chili Bowl’s half smoked, but it’s no contest.  So what do you do when you can’t get a food you love?  You recreate it the best you can.  Here is my take on the classic Detroit classic.  This is as close as I could come without me breaking in and stealing National Coney Islands.  P.S. Now I can’t find the natural casing hot dog they use so mine isn’t as good.

2 pounds 80/ 20 ground beef (I used half and half lamb and beef –  I just roll that way.)

1/2 pound beef suet (I know it’s weird. Leave it out and add some Crisco (that’s what my dad used it).  I was able to snag the fat cap from a prime rib at my local Wegmans.

5 Ritz Crackers finely ground
2 tablespoons yellow mustard
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 cup chicken stock
1 cup beef stock
3 tablespoon chili powder (more if you want it spicier)
2 tablespoon paprika
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon clove
1 teaspoon Greek oregano
2 tablespoons cumin
2 teaspoons turmeric
1/3 cup ketchup
1/2 teaspoon season salt
1 chopped up hot dog (This will add salt and smoothness)
optional: if you want to move down to Cincinnati, add 1/4 cup coco powder
In a large pot add fat (or Crisco ’cause I’m betting you didn’t used suet) with the ground beef and hotdog until everything is brown
drain off the fat into a cast iron skillet(you will need 6 tablespoons toss the rest)
grind the crackers into a meal and add a little at a time into fat stirring constantly
cook until it becomes a brown paste
add to meat
add chicken stock and beef stock
add all additional ingredients and bring to a simmer
simmer for 20 minutes
cover and cook for 2 hours, stir occasionally to make sure the bottom doesn’t burn, about every 20 minutes
after 2 hours (you tasted some a little while ago didn’t you?), take about 1/3 of the mixture and place in a blender and blend until smooth ( I have an immersion blender so I skipped this step) This will get you to the right texture
combine with rest of the mixture
Cook for an additional hour; if mixture is too thick, add some water.
I like mine on a top of a dog along with cheese,  chopped onion, and mustard.
It’s not perfect but it’s close
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