For an easy hot dog chili, gather 2 1/2 cups ketchup, 2 cloves garlic, 1 teaspoon chili powder, 2 tablespoons mustard and 1 pound ground beef. Also organize 1 medium onion, salt and pepper to taste, and a preferred olive oil. Simmer ingredients for approximately 35 minutes.
Chop the onion and the garlic cloves and set them aside. Heat a good-sized skillet over medium heat, adding a tablespoon or so of drizzled olive oil. Once the oil is hot, add the garlic and onion, and sauté for approximately five minutes until they turn soft and translucent. Next, add a lean variety of ground beef to the skillet.
With the beef in the pan, break it up with the back of a spoon so that there are no huge lumps and so the small pieces are relatively the same size. This ensures that the meat cooks thoroughly and evenly. Simmer the contents for approximately 10 minutes. Next, add the ketchup and the spices, stir, and simmer an additional 15 minutes or until the chili begins to thicken. Check the chili for proper seasoning, adjusting with salt and pepper if desired.
Serve the chili atop freshly prepared hot dogs. Grated cheddar cheese adds an extra dimension of flavor.