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Chili Cheese Corn Dog

Ingredients:

For the corn dogs:

1 cup yellow cornmeal
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1 egg
1/4 cup melted butter
8 hot dogs
8 wooden skewers or popsicle sticks
Vegetable oil for frying

For the chili:

1 pound ground beef
1 onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 can (15 ounces) kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 can (15 ounces) diced tomatoes
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon paprika
Salt and pepper to taste
Shredded cheddar cheese, for topping

Instructions:

Make the chili:

Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add the ground beef. Cook, breaking it up with a spoon, until browned.
Add diced onion and minced garlic to the skillet. Cook for about 3-5 minutes until onions are translucent.
Stir in the tomato paste, chili powder, cumin, paprika, salt, and pepper. Cook for another 2 minutes.
Add the diced tomatoes and kidney beans. Reduce heat to low, cover, and let it simmer for 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally. Adjust seasoning if needed. Keep warm.

Prepare the corn dog batter:

In a mixing bowl, whisk together the cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
In another bowl, whisk the egg, milk, and melted butter.
Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Don’t overmix—some lumps are fine.
Pat dry the hot dogs with paper towels and insert a wooden skewer into each one, leaving enough for a good handle.

Fry the corn dogs:

Heat vegetable oil in a deep pot or fryer to 350°F (175°C).
Dip each hot dog into the batter, swirling to coat completely.
Carefully place the battered hot dogs into the hot oil, a few at a time, and fry until golden brown, about 3-4 minutes. Use tongs to turn them for even cooking.
Remove the corn dogs and place them on a plate lined with paper towels to drain excess oil.

Assemble the chili cheese corn dogs:

Place the fried corn dogs on a serving plate or tray.
Spoon a generous amount of chili over each corn dog.
Sprinkle shredded cheddar cheese on top of the chili.
Serve immediately while still warm.

Tips:

Experiment with different types of cheese for added flavor.
You can also add toppings like diced onions, jalapeños, or sour cream for extra taste and texture.
Enjoy these indulgent Chili Cheese Corn Dogs as a fun and flavorful treat!

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