When I was a young lad, Roger Staubach was my hero. I was too young to really understand football, but I knew enough to realize that Roger “The Dodger” was the real deal. I had my Dallas Cowboys pajamas, and a Cowboy’s leather (ok, fake leather) jacket, and I even played football on the 5th grade Cowboy’s team (that didn’t last long, but that’s a whole other post entirely).
So, because Roger and I are so connected (!), I figured I’d better make his favorite chili-in-a-bag recipe! This isn’t one of those cook-all-day, fancy fru-fru chili recipes. But it is darned good. Seriously good. I poured it into small bags of Fritos and they disappeared in minutes! In many ways it reminds me of another of my favorites, a Walking BBQ (BBQ in a bag!),
Also try my slow cooker Lone Star State chili.
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1/2 white onion, chopped
- 1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
- 1 1/4 cups ketchup (do not substitute tomato sauce)
- 1/2 cup water. plus a little more
- 2 tablespoons mild (or hot!) chili powder
- 1 (15 ounce) can Ranch-Style Beans, un-drained
- Salt and pepper
- Hot sauce, to taste
- Cheddar cheese, shredded
- 2-3 green onions, chopped
- 4 1 ounce bags Frito chips
- Heat a medium pot over medium-high heat. Add the ground beef and brown.
- Add in the onion and bell pepper and cook for 4-5 minutes or until the onion has started to soften.
- Reduce heat to medium low.
- Add in ketchup, water, chili powder and beans.
- Add salt and pepper and hot sauce, to taste.
- Stir. Add more water, a little at a time, if the mixture is too thick.
- Reduce heat to a simmer. Cover and cook, stirring every 15 minutes, for 1 hour.
- Let cool slightly.
- Spoon into chip bags. Top with cheese and green onion and serve.