Lower Fat Bison Chili Cheese Dogs


For the chili:
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup small-dice yellow onion (from about 1 medium onion)
3 medium garlic cloves, finely chopped
Freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon chili powder
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon paprika
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1/2 cup brown ale, such as Newcastle
1 pound ground bison meat or lean ground beef
1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more for seasoning
1 (14-1/2-ounce) can diced tomatoes with their juices

To assemble:
8 cooked beef or bison hot dogs
8 hot dog buns
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese (about 4 ounces)
1/2 cup small-dice yellow onion (from about 1/2 medium onion)
Coarsely chopped Pickled JalapeƱos
Coarsely chopped pepperoncini


For the chili:

Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add the onions and garlic, season with salt and pepper, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions have softened and are just starting to brown, about 7 minutes.

Add the chili powder, cumin, and paprika, stir to coat the onions, and cook until the spices are deep brown in color and fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the tomato paste and stir to coat the onions. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the tomato paste is no longer raw-tasting, about 1 to 2 minutes. Add the beer and scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Bring to a simmer and cook until the mixture has thickened and is deep red in color, about 3 to 4 minutes.

Add the bison and measured salt and stir, breaking the meat into small pieces. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the meat is no longer pink and is well coated with the spice mixture, about 6 minutes.

Add the tomatoes with their juices and stir to combine. Bring the chili to a boil, reduce the heat to low, and simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the flavors meld, about 1 hour. Taste and season with additional salt and pepper as needed.

To assemble:
Place the hot dogs in the buns and divide the chili among them. Sprinkle the cheese over the chili. Serve the onions, pickled jalapeƱos, and pepperoncini on the side.

Recipe shared from:  http://www.chow.com/recipes/30254-bison-chili-cheese-dogs