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RE: Best canned Chili is.. Tue, 08/22/06 5:35 PM (permalink)
i stand by my opinion that to make a real frito pie,
you must use wolf brand chili.

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    RE: Best canned Chili is.. Sun, 08/27/06 12:06 PM (permalink)
    That Campbells Chunky is REAL good. Kinda hard for a long time Wolf Brand eater to say but... true!

    Some new finds;

    Montana's Native Bison Chili
    distruted by Bison Market and Grill, Melstone, MT.
    It was great stuff! I savored every bite.

    Dinnison's "The Stand Up Chili, TM". Since 1915
    ConAgra Foods, Ohmah, NE.
    Real good chili!

    I got both of these at BIG Lots. Things come and go there. I will buy both of the above if I can find them again.

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      RE: Best canned Chili is.. Mon, 08/28/06 5:19 PM (permalink)
      Ok, I have maybe become a bit obsessed with this but I did some googling to see if anyone has done some blind taste tests on canned chili. All I could fing was one done by Good Housekeeping and one done by tasters Choice. Campbells won the GH and Hormell won the Tasters. Not that many brands were used in eather contest. Anyone know of other tests? Hmmm, what IS the best canned chili? I guess you would have to do taste tests all over the S to get the real answer if there is one. Maybe "what is your fovorite canned chili" would be a better question? Hmmm, maybe a new thread? Yep!

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        RE: Best canned Chili is.. Fri, 09/1/06 7:20 PM (permalink)
        None, they are all crappy!

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          RE: Best canned Chili is.. Sat, 09/2/06 10:51 AM (permalink)
          I tried the Campbells Chunky Steak Chili w/ beans. Not bad but more like a chunky soupe than a chili.

          When I had a free sample of the Campbells Chunky no beans at the State Fair of Texas last year I walked around back of the booth. The guy asked me ahat I was looking for. I said " the pot you cooked that chili in ".

          Neat that you have tried them all Baconman!

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            RE: Best canned Chili is.. Tue, 09/19/06 5:59 PM (permalink)
            Campbell's Chunky. Bush's is good too.

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              RE: Best canned Chili is.. Thu, 07/19/07 2:48 PM (permalink)
              Hot Dog Chili Sauce Linked to Botulism
              By ANDREW BRIDGES,AP
              Posted: 2007-07-19 12:00:27
              Filed Under: Health
              (July 19) -- Federal health officials warned consumers Wednesday to throw away certain cans of hot dog chili sauce after the product was linked to the first cases of botulism in commercially canned foods in decades.

              Botulism in commercially canned foods is rare because the products typically are heated long enough and to high enough temperatures to kill the germ.

              Products Affected by the Recall:

              Castleberry's Hot Dog Chili Sauce, 10 oz can (UPC 3030000101)
              Austex Hot Dog Chili Sauce, 10-ounce can (UPC 3030099533)
              Kroger Hot Dog Chili Sauce, 10-ounce can (UPC 1111083942)
              Morton House Corned Beef Hash, 15-ounce can (UPC 7526665830)
              Cattle Drive Chili With Beans, 15-ounce can (UPC 3030001515)
              Southern Home Corned Beef Hash, 15-ounce can (UPC 0788015360)
              Meijer Corned Beef Hash, 15-ounce can (UPC 4125095229)
              Castleberrys Chili With Beans, 15-ounce can (UPC 3030001015)
              Castleberrys Barbecue Pork, 10-ounce can (UPC 3030000402)
              Bunker Hill Chili No Beans, 10-ounce can (UPC 7526604112)

              Botulism Information: Facts From CDC

              Questions? Consumers may call Castlebury's Food Co. at 888-203-8446.

              Four people were hospitalized. The warning applies to 10-ounce cans of Castleberry's, Austex and Kroger brands of hot dog chili sauce with "best by" dates from April 30, 2009, through May 22, 2009, the Food and Drug Administration said. It wasn't immediately clear how widely the products were distributed.

              The contamination by the toxin is extremely rare for a commercially canned product. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention medical epidemiologist Dr. Michael Lynch said the last such U.S. case dates to the 1970s. The roughly 25 cases reported each year typically involved home-canned foods, Lynch said.

              The victims - two each in Texas and Indiana - were seriously ill but expected to survive. The Texas cases involved children who are siblings. The Indiana cases involved an adult couple. No other details were available.

              The products were made by the Castleberry's Food Co., owned by Bumble Bee Seafoods LLC, based in San Diego.

              "We are taking the recall as a precautionary measure until we fully understand the facts of these cases and determine the cause of any contamination," Dave Melbourne, Castleberry senior vice president of marketing, said in a statement.

              FDA has sent experts to the Castleberry's plant in Augusta, Ga., where the products were canned, said Robert Brackett, director of the FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. The company is voluntarily recalling all potentially contaminated product and is cooperating with state and federal officials, Brackett added.

              Botulism is a muscle-paralyzing disease caused by a toxin made by a bacterium called Clostridium botulinum, according to the CDC.

              Brackett urged consumers to discard any of the recalled cans without opening them.

              "The toxin is so potent if they get it on their hands or it sprays in their face, it could make them ill," he said.

              Typically, commercially canned foods are heated long enough and to high enough temperatures to kill the spores.

              "It's been a triumph of food safety that canning is safe. That's what makes this so unusual," Lynch said.

              Symptoms of botulism include double or blurred vision, drooping eyelids, slurred speech, difficulty swallowing, dry mouth and muscle weakness that moves down the body, according to the CDC.

              Eventually, paralysis can cause a person to stop breathing and die, unless supported by a ventilator. Most victims eventually recover after weeks to months of care.

              Consumers with questions may call the company toll-free at 888-203-8446.

              Copyright 2007 The Associated Press. The information contained in the AP news report may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or otherwise distributed without the prior written authority of The Associated Press. All active hyperlinks have been inserted by AOL.
              2007-07-19 09:54:24

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                RE: Best canned Chili is.. Thu, 07/19/07 3:05 PM (permalink)
                Originally posted by blinky193

                Try Castlebury's Chili Hot Dog Sauce, it really is great on a hot dog, and makes a great chili dog.. You can find it in local supermarkets up north, not so sure in the south though. Also not sure if you can buy it wholesale. If you cannot buy it in bulk, you may want to think about making your own chili sauce, it would probably be much cheaper than buying a bunch of little cans.

                Could you mean Castleberry's brand (made in Augusta, Georgia)? If so, better read the product recall's (on July 19, 2007) for Castleberry products (reported medical cases of botulism) ... I have posted the full news article regarding this re-call here on this forum.

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                  RE: Best canned Chili is.. Thu, 07/19/07 3:14 PM (permalink)
                  Originally posted by Rusty246

                  Originally posted by Extreme Glow

                  It's been a long time, but when I was a kid I always liked Austex. Don't know if it's the same as I remember.


                  Ditto, it's Castleberrys here, and I always have it on hand.


                  AUGUSTA, Georgia July 18, 2007 – Castleberry’s Food Company today announced that it is voluntarily recalling the following products: Castleberry’s Hot Dog Chili Sauce, 10 oz can (UPC 3030000101), Austex Hot Dog Chili Sauce, 10 oz can (UPC 3030099533), Kroger Hot Dog Chili Sauce, 10 oz can (UPC 1111083942), Morton House Corned Beef Hash, 15 oz can (UPC 7526665830), Cattle Drive Chili with Beans, 15 oz can (UPC 3030001515), Southern Home Corned Beef Hash, 15 oz can (UPC 0788015360), Meijer Corned Beef Hash, 15 oz can (UPC 4125095229), Castleberry’s Chili with Beans, 15 oz can (UPC 3030001015), Castleberry’s Barbecue Pork, 10 oz can (UPC 3030000402) and Bunker Hill Chili No Beans, 10 oz can (UPC 7526604112).

                  Castleberry’s is working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to investigate possible contamination of these products with Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium which can cause botulism, a life-threatening illness. Botulism can cause the following symptoms: general weakness, dizziness, double-vision and trouble with speaking or swallowing. Difficulty in breathing, weakness of other muscles, abdominal distension and constipation may also be common symptoms. People experiencing these problems should seek immediate medical attention

                  This recall only affects the products listed above with a “best by” date of APR30 2009 through MAY22 2009. The “best by” date can be found either on the top or bottom of the can. Consumers who have any of these products should discard them. Consumers should not use these products even if they do not look or smell spoiled. Consumers may return the label to the location where the product was purchased for a full refund.

                  Castleberry’s was notified by the FDA of four potential cases of botulism involving individuals who ate these products. “We are taking this precautionary measure to ensure the safety of our consumers,” said Steve Mavity, SVP Technical Services/Quality Assurance for Castleberry’s. “We will continue to work closely with the FDA, USDA, and CDC.”

                  Consumers with any questions or concerns about this recall should go to Castleberry’s website ( or call Castleberry’s consumer hotline at 1-888-203-8446.


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                    RE: Best canned Chili is.. Wed, 08/29/07 2:09 AM (permalink)
                    Originally posted by LarryRickenbacker


                    I've decided to open my cart with Hormel Chili. I'll use it for my 'dogs and my Nachos-a more popular item here in the "Texas" part of Louisiana. It's avaialable from my local CONCO food supplier as well as Wal-Mart (across the street from my house AND near my cart at Home Depot. Additionally, Sam's Club carries Hormel Chili in large cans.)
                    My cart arrived today, and I'm hoping we'll open next week! Stay tuned..


                    So how goes the hot dog cart business? Just curious!

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                      RE: Best canned Chili is.. Wed, 08/29/07 2:23 AM (permalink)
                      I frequently use the large can of Stagg's from Costco, but add hamburger, onion, peppers, canned tomatoes, and some spices (Chiliman chili mix in the pouch is the best) to spruce it up. The best homemade chili I've ever had is my grandmother's recipe, although it is not very spicy as she makes it - I sometimes add cayenne pepper to add some kick. Here it is:

                      2 lbs hamburger
                      1 large onion, diced
                      1 pkg Chili Man chili mix
                      1 family size can condensed tomato soup, undiluted
                      2 large cans chili fixins (S&W or Bush's)
                      tomato juice or V-8 juice depending on your preference, enough to make chili consistency you like
                      1 can red kidney beans

                      Brown hamburger, drain. Saute onions in small amt of leftover hamburger grease. Drain. Add hamburger back to pan, add all other ingredients, but add tomato juice last so you can judge how much you want to use. Simmer for 20 minutes on low.

                      Serve with cornbread casserole:

                      1/4 pound butter, melted
                      1 (15 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained
                      1 (15 ounce) can creamed corn
                      1 (8.5 ounce) package corn bread mix
                      1 ounce sour cream

                      Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
                      In a mixing bowl, combine butter, whole corn, cream corn, corn muffin mix and sour cream. Fold all ingredients together, pour into greased 2 quart casserole dish. Bake for 1 hour.


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                        RE: Best canned Chili is.. Fri, 08/31/07 4:04 PM (permalink)
                        even though it is not canned, I like Bush's in the jar the best (next to my home made of course)!

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                          RE: Best canned Chili is.. Tue, 09/25/07 10:08 PM (permalink)
                          Black Rock from Sams is much better than Staggs from Costco.

                          As a Costco man I hate to say it, but it's the truth.

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                            RE: Best canned Chili is.. Mon, 11/19/07 12:35 AM (permalink)
                            I had my first chili dog taste test today with family members. We didn't want to muddy the waters too much, so we decided to try just three kinds of chili without beans. Bush's, Campbell's Chunky, and Hormel. We liked Hormel the least. Although we didn't see gobs of orange grease when we opened the can, we could taste it. Campbell's seemed to have a slight BBQ flavor, which took a little getting used to but was still good. Bush's was closer to a more traditional (to us Upstate New Yorkers) chili taste, and we could taste the peppers better. From that taste test, we would probably pick Bush's over Campbell's but we won't consider Hormel again.

                            Our next taste test will involve chunkier stuff, which (for now) only consists of Stagg and Hormel. (The only Stagg chili without beans I've found locally contains chunks of beef.) I will check as many stores as I can to find a third contestant, but so far I expect Stagg to beat Hormel by a long shot. We agreed that this stuff is too chunky for the chili dogs were are used to, so we might use tortilla chips instead. Once we find a winner, we will try chili cheese fries as well. Mmmmm.

                            After we get done trying chili without beans, we will try various hot dog chili sauces. I have shied away from them so far, based on other people recommending chili without beans and my limited experience with cheap hot dog chili sauces that weren't very good, but I guess it's only fair to give them a chance. From my fading memory, it seems that the hot dog chili sauces weren't as watery as the chili without beans, and had a closer consistency to most of the chili dogs I've bought at local restaurants.

                            It's unfortunate that there is such a limited variety of canned chili in my area. That's pretty much the way it is with most types of food around here.

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                              RE: Best canned Chili is.. Mon, 11/19/07 3:31 AM (permalink)
                              Prediction: The Stagg you'll like. The Hormel you'll liken to dog food.

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                                RE: Best canned Chili is.. Mon, 11/26/07 1:47 AM (permalink)

                                out of carlinville in central illinois, not far from where i am

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                                  RE: Best canned Chili is.. Mon, 11/26/07 2:12 PM (permalink)
                                  Stagg Chili is the best. Will not need to be doctored up.

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                                    RE: Best canned Chili is.. Mon, 11/26/07 5:55 PM (permalink)
                                    Gehl's is what I use. We have built a solid chili dog business

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                                      RE: Best canned Chili is.. Wed, 12/12/07 12:16 AM (permalink)
                                      After reading all the chatter about canned chili, I finally got around to buying a can of Wolfe's (brand) chili (without beans for this Texan). And, to my utter surprise, I loved it!
                                      I did however, add about 3 crushed garlic cloves and, of course, I also topped it with some grated cheddar and raw onions. I have to say, it was sooooo much better than I expected.
                                      I am going to buy a few more cans and keep them in my pantry for when I, feel the urge.

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                                        RE: Best canned Chili is.. Thu, 12/13/07 10:34 PM (permalink)
                                        I like the kind made by Bush. Not too greasy or salty. The kind in the jar is the one I buy but they have it in a can...

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                                          RE: Best canned Chili is.. Mon, 12/17/07 3:34 PM (permalink)
                                          Twin, beter late than never! Glad to hear you liked Wolf Brand. I just made some open faced chili dogs using jumbo hot dogs, mustard, saurkraut, cheese, then covered w/ Wolf Brand, and toped w/ choped onions and pickled sliced jalapenos, mmmm. Oh, and some Fritos on the side. I have ben known to put some Fritos under the chili also. No picken up those dogs! You gota use a fork.

                                            RE: Best canned Chili is.. Fri, 12/21/07 6:19 PM (permalink)
                                            Every time we go back to Texas or family comes to visit...we pickup 1 or 2 cases of Wolfe Brand Chili, 5 or 6 Earl Cambell's summer sausage and 4 or 5 packs of Earl's hot links....YUM. Love to cover them dogs in some chili or just make a bag of frito pie. I'll be so glad when I can eat again...sigh...

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                                              RE: Best canned Chili is.. Tue, 12/25/07 10:05 PM (permalink)
                                              In an area (mid-Missouri) where Wolf Brand is hard to find at all (and no one carries the lean beef version, which tastes the same and has 250 fewer calories per can), I've come to like Campbell's "Firehouse" chili, which comes in a microwavable can, for the ultimate in laziness. Add some picante sauce to it and it's not bad at all.

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                                                RE: Best canned Chili is.. Thu, 12/27/07 1:18 PM (permalink)
                                                I am suprised that Wolf Brand is not sold everywhere!

                                                I have kinda taken a liking to Tru Value that.s sold at Wally World. I know, I know, but it sorta reminds me of the old Wolf Brand from the 50s, only not as much meat.

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                                                  RE: Best canned Chili is.. Thu, 12/27/07 1:21 PM (permalink)
                                                  For hot dogs, I think Hormel with No Beans is the best. For just straight up quick chili, try Stagg Steak House Reserve with Beans. For a canned chili, it's excellent.

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                                                    RE: Best canned Chili is.. Sat, 01/5/08 10:28 PM (permalink)
                                                    H O R M E L

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                                                      RE: Best canned Chili is.. Sun, 01/6/08 10:44 AM (permalink)
                                                      Anyone tried Hy-Top chili? I kinda like it. It's real greasy like I think chili should be.

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                                                        RE: Best canned Chili is.. Sun, 01/6/08 11:37 AM (permalink)
                                                        I'm really becoming addicted now to Wolfe brand chili (regualar, no beans) Per my above post, I have only recently tried it for the first time. Now, sometimes I'll come home from work and do not want to "prepare" a meal and I will just simply open a can of chile,
                                                        heat it up with a few crushed garlic cloves, top it with aged cheddar and raw onion and I'm in "chili heaven". Oh, I forgot to mention the tablespoon of hot sauce I also add. Warm and satisfying, comfort food out of a can. Who knew?

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                                                          RE: Best canned Chili is.. Sun, 01/6/08 12:13 PM (permalink)
                                                          stagg is worse than dog food

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                                                            RE: Best canned Chili is.. Sun, 01/6/08 2:53 PM (permalink)
                                                            Larry has an interesting question here. I know this was asked some time ago, and I hope he's doing well. I really don't know all the canned brands, but of course in 2007 there was a huge recall of poisonous chili and "hot dog sauce" canned goods. Many brands.
                                                            Now, here's an idea for Larry or any others looking for THE BEST prepared chili for their food service operation. I'm talking about a product that would really suck in the clients, and keep them coming back. This would be a little expensive to begin with, but hey, it's an investment that is almost guaranteed to generate repeat business, because the product is SO superior to anything in a can.
                                                            I've talked about Chili John's here in Burbank, CA. It's the oldest (1919) continuously operating place in Burbank, and for good reason. The chili is like no other, makes a joke of ground beef in a can. It's finely chopped, hot, and perfect.
                                                            Now, because it gets hot in Burbank in the summer, they take a long vacation. But! Because there's a lot of demand, they will ship pints, quarts, even gallons of the stuff out while they are closed! So... Probably year round anyone out of state can order frozen gallons of chili, you'd just have to charge appropriately for it, or use it as a loss leader to sell more profitable stuff. Check it out. Order a quart of the hot version and see what you think. Make a deal for X-# of gallons per week.
                                                            -Scott Lindgren
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