Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Chili Cheese Dog Casserole for Humans and Chili Dog Casserole for Hounds

Ping in foodie mode, requesting a treat

Everyone over here at Urban Hounds headquarters is a foodie, defined by wikipedia as an afficianado of food and drink.   Foodies are supposed to differ from gourmands in that unlike gourmands, who demand only the best and fanciest foods, foodies appreciate food in all its forms.   Mom once read something by a famous food writer, she can't remember exactly who, that said something to the tune of: "A proper American palate has an appreciation for both caviar and frito pie." That seems to  sums up our attitude for food.  We like both the snobbiest dog treats, and Mom sure likes caviar, but we wont turn down a milk bone and mom and dad are both quite fond of nachos.  

This weekend our mom made a classic low-rent, foodie treat.   For the humans Chili Cheese Dog Casserole and for the hounds Chili Dog Casserole (a healthy-ish version.)

Chili Cheese Dog Casserole  for Humans

2 15 ounce boxes of Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix from Casserole Crazy
2 eggs
2 cups milk
1 large white onion, chopped
1 minced garlic cloves
2 to 3 tbsp olive oil
1 lb ground beef
1 package all beef hot dogs
4 tbsp chili seasoning, or one packet
1 8 oz can tomato paste or sauce
1 to 2 cup water (add more or less for desired thickness)
1 15 oz can red beans
1 15 oz can black beans
1 10 oz bag Cascadian Farms frozen corn
cayenne pepper, salt and pepper to taste
2 cups chopped white onion, about 1 large
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 350

Prepare both packages of muffin mix in a large bowl according to package directions using the eggs and milk.   Pour into 9x13 buttered baking dish and bake five minutes until just set.
In the olive oil saute the onion and garlic and saute until translucent.  Add the beef and chili seasoning and cook until beef is cooked through.  Add the tomatoes and water, pour the water into the can to get any leftover tomato paste.  Use 1 cup of water for a thicker chili and 2 cups for thinner.   Mix well and add the beans stirring well, and the corn.  Add the cayenne pepper, salt and pepper.

On top of the corn  bread layer the hot dogs, raw onions, chili, cheese, and another sprinkle of onions.  Bake 40 minutes until bubbly.

The Healthier Version for Hounds

1 tbsp olive oil
1 lb lean ground beef
1 package Apple Gate Farms Organic Uncured Chicken Hot Dogs (these dogs really are just chicken and don't contain any of the nasties in other hot dogs).
1 package Cascadian farm mixed veggies
1 8 oz can organic diced tomatoes
1 heaping tbsp Tumeric (Tumeric is one of those super foods everyone is talking about so mom gives  it to us a lot she buys ours from Mountain Rose Herbs)

Preheat the oven to 350

Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium high heat and add the beef and brown.  Add the tomatoes and veggies and stir well.   Meanwhile dice up the hot dogs.  When the beef is cooked take it off the heat and stir in the hot dogs and tumeric.  Transfer to a baking dish and bake for 30 minutes.  Serve as a kibble topper to any excited hounds in the vicinity.

We smells something good!



  1. Woof! Woof! Happy Tasty Tuesday! Mmm I wonder why it is called Chilli DOG. Oh I LOVE Cheese .... Have a TASTY Tuesday. ENJOY! Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

    FYI: Got a Giveaway on today's Tasty Tuesday post ... perfect for Valentine's Day. Golden Woofs

  2. Oh Boy that does look soooo tasty, Mum said she loves cooking so will give this one a go for sure! I cant wait to get it in my belly! yum, Yum! Ping looks sooo cute! It must be lip lickin good! Love, Licks, Hugs and Tummy rubs from your friend Frank xxxxxx

  3. I'm with Ping! These both sound yummy!

  4. This post has made me very HUNGRY :)

  5. Ping demonstrated my thoughts exactly, those dishes look lip smacking good. I want them in my belly now! And you know what, instead of being called food obsessed, I'm going to make mom call me a foodie!

  6. There were a lot of excited hounds in the vicinity! I can smell it from here -delicious!

  7. Yummy! It is lunch time here and we are dreaming of the
    Chili Cheese Dog Casserole. We are thinking about making it with ground venison.
    How long did it take Norbert to recover from the gastropexy? Was he able to go up and down the steps to potty outside? Nina will have hers done in March along with her spay procedure. With the spay this should run around $900 to $1200. I am sure with Norbert's bloat you must have paid $2500 to $3000. Poor Nina, I make her take it easy, she does not get to run and tussle with the other girls because I have read that her tummy can twist by rough housing too. She is a very deep chested dog. I have also read that nervous dogs are more prone to bloat as well and Nina is a little on the nervous side. Is Norbert? Norbert was so lucky that you knew the symptoms of bloat.
    Nina, Myshka, Sasha, Betsy, Lucy, Phoebe and Lily

  8. We would be goodie extraordinaires if all that good stuff was in our kitchen.
    Benny & Lily

  9. Oh, yum! That's a lucky bunch of humans AND hounds!