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RE: Best canned Chili is.. 2008/02/17 04:24:36 (permalink)
Just a FYI the Wal Mart store brand "Great Value" Is Hormel Chilli.

There is NOTHING at all differant then the lable.

They found years ago its cheaper to change the lable then break down the line and clean it to change the recipt.

Stag chili is not bad in my book.

I am a Hormel/Great Value guy. I like to mix One can of hot with one can of normal.

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Originally posted by LarryRickenbacker

Howdy,

Soon I'll be opening a Sno-Cone/Hot Dog stand in Bossier City, La. (NW corner adjacent to Shreveport). I'm looking for the best tasting commercially available Chile out of the can. What are YOUR favorites?
(I really need your suggestions, as Wal-Mart seems ot only carry Hormel and Wolfe brand).

LarryRickenbacker
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RE: Best canned Chili is.. 2008/02/17 04:30:03 (permalink)
I would suggest you look at the bagged chili that the chili/cheese machines use for Hot dogs and natchos.

Gehl's was the brand we used in the store. They offer 3 differant types of the chili.

It is great for frito pie and Hot dogs.

http://www.gehls.com/hotsnacks/profitmaking.html
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RE: Best canned Chili is.. 2008/02/17 16:50:28 (permalink)
Hmm Trader, the Great Value chili sold in my area is not Hormel. It is way thiner and has a completly different flavor. It is different than any other canned chili I have tried. I am not recamending it but I do get an urge for it sometimes.
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RE: Best canned Chili is.. 2008/02/17 16:58:02 (permalink)
It's just canned chili, afterall ~ how good can it be? Once a year I'll microwave a can of Hormel, no beans, with some sharp cheddar and onions added....it's a pretty good thing with a couple dogs.
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RE: Best canned Chili is.. 2008/02/17 17:45:13 (permalink)
Try fixing some Wolf Brand like that sometime Jim.
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RE: Best canned Chili is.. 2008/02/28 04:42:21 (permalink)
I tried a can of Hormel turkey chili, no beans. Amazingly tasty. I'm going back for more.
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RE: Best canned Chili is.. 2008/02/28 06:30:02 (permalink)
Not being in the Hot Dog biz, I would think that if you were allowed to, you would want your own homemade version to create something unique about your brand. RIGHT?
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RE: Best canned Chili is.. 2008/02/28 08:06:51 (permalink)


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I know that I am wrong in my opinion, but recently I recreated a burrito-dog that I used to enjoy at the High School cafeteria. I needed the cheapest chili I could find. Hormel with beans was $1.00, so I was set. The Stop & Shop house brand @ $.79 was pretty good for my second attempt. I can make my own killer chili, but that isn't the point.

So here's my conclusion, you need to find a canned chili that will appeal to everyone. You don't need a great chili and you don't want a bad and cheap brand either. Find a brand that you can consistantly purchase. The flavor should not be too challenging, not overly spicy, nor greasy and tasteless.
There are many small time restauranteurs who use stuff from the discount box stores. That means there are quite a few spots selling the exact same chili, making whatever you choose no different from the other guys.
Is there a chance that you could make a deal with a company such as Sysco or Rykoff? They have more variety in many things that they offer, including chili. I bet you could get over half a dozen brands and of differing qualities. Get the rest of your supplies from them and you're set.
It will also save you time and energy.

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RE: Best canned Chili is.. 2008/02/28 12:07:08 (permalink)
Good advice Doggy!

Great Value chili is made by Castlberry I think? I am not recamending it for a hot dog cart.
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RE: Best canned Chili is.. 2008/10/25 22:40:26 (permalink)
My old favorite canned chili was Ellis. It was outstanding on hot dogs. I was able to get it in Oklahoma, but not in Virginia. So,after I moved, I consulted the Internet looking to get some shipped in, called the company, and found out from a thoroughly disgusted employee it was still around, but they had completely changed the recipe to make it more healthy(!). The old version had a nice ring of orange grease around the top of the can, and was everything it was supposed to be. I was too distraught to even try the new recipe. But, the old Ellis was a tasty product. Now I use Wolf Brand (no beans, of course).
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RE: Best canned Chili is.. 2008/10/26 15:03:21 (permalink)
Second to Wolf Brand Chili.
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RE: Best canned Chili is.. 2008/10/26 15:46:17 (permalink)
While I am not a fan of canned chili, I have to agree that Wolf brand is the best of the bunch.

I usually "doctor" mine up with some Gephardt's chili powder, cumin, and perhaps a teaspoon of tomato paste.

This is ok on hot dogs, but I wouldn't eat chili out of a can today. However, I devoured many cans when I was in the army, and enjoyed it with saltines or fritoes (better than most MRE's!)

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RE: Best canned Chili is.. 2008/10/31 19:30:03 (permalink)
"Back in the day" I loved Campbell's "Chili Bean Soup". Cube a little cheddar and add some Sunshine Oyster crackers and there was a filling lunch!

As this post started about chili topping for dogs I would think that a #10 can of a "Cincinnati-style" chili would be best: finely ground meat, a little sweetish, and a touch of cinnanon. I'm sure that SYSCO or US Food Service can get you something of the sort.

The reason I responded to it was to share a profound disappointment. A few months ago I read in the Dallas Morning News that Frank X. Tolbert's "Texas Red" was available in selected frozen food sections. When I read that I knew that I couldn't rest until I had that on my table, damn the price and distance.

Disappointment due to over-inflated expectations aside, it was truly nasty.
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RE: Best canned Chili is.. 2008/10/31 19:37:17 (permalink)
The best chili dogs I ever had in my widely travelled life were at M&P Coney Island and the Post Office Lunch in New Castle, PA. Here's a start:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/181022
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RE: Best canned Chili is.. 2008/11/04 10:21:25 (permalink)
Steak n Shake sells their chili in cans at Walmart. I love the stuff
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RE: Best canned Chili is.. 2008/11/04 10:38:53 (permalink)
not really into chili out of a can but you might want to try Trader Joe's if there's one near you, pretty tasty for canned chili
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RE: Best canned Chili is.. 2008/11/04 15:14:28 (permalink)
Texas Pete makes a Hot Dog Chili. It comes in mild or hot. It is not bad for canned chili, My old room mate would heat up a can, chop up Hot Dogs and Onions, pour on Tostito chips, then top with shredded cheese. She called it Chili Dog Nachos... It really wasnt to bad.
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RE: Best canned Chili is.. 2008/11/04 19:26:37 (permalink)
Real time here: 18:25 CST election day.

After all the raves about Wolf's I bought some several days ago and have now put it on the stove on simmer.

Review will follow.
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RE: Best canned Chili is.. 2008/11/04 20:18:34 (permalink)
quote:
Originally posted by MetroplexJim

Real time here: 18:25 CST election day.

After all the raves about Wolf's I bought some several days ago and have now put it on the stove on simmer.

Review will follow.


19:05 CST - That was so damn good I would praise it if even it were served to me at a restaurant! I had a 19 oz. can of their "no beans" which I bought at the local Target for their regular price of $1.59. I enjoyed it with "no doctoring", only with a little pepper jack cheese and Sunshine Oyster Crackers (accept no substitute) on the side.

Aside from its high, tasty, chewy meat content I liked its spicing. Even though this was only their "regular", it possessed a satisfying heat; i.e., even though I am a "high heat" guy, I wouldn't call this bland.

Bottom line: GREAT STUFF AT A BARGAIN PRICE!!!
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RE: Best canned Chili is.. 2008/11/04 21:47:20 (permalink)
I wonder why the dislike for beans in chili?
Or is it just, when used on a hot dog?
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RE: Best canned Chili is.. 2008/11/05 14:07:04 (permalink)
Doug, for me just on hot dogs. I make chili beans.
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RE: Best canned Chili is.. 2008/11/05 14:18:50 (permalink)
The Ten Commandments of Chili
1. Their shall NEVER be beans in Chili regardless of it's end use!!
2 thru 10 -Repeat rule one nine times!!

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RE: Best canned Chili is.. 2008/11/05 14:25:39 (permalink)
I have to go with Skyline or Steak and Shake chili in the can. I know there is better out there but both of these have been around so long and they certainly have stood the test of time with many!!!
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RE: Best canned Chili is.. 2010/10/14 11:37:40 (permalink)
Enginecapt is right; that Hormel Turkey Chili is surprisingly good.  Tried it for the first time this week.  Skyline is darn good, too.  My all-time favorite canned chili is Vietti, which is made in Nashville and distributed in 4 or 5 Southern states. 
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RE: Best canned Chili is.. 2010/10/14 12:37:39 (permalink)
Mellow, I have had Vietti and I also thought it was good. I can't find it anymore. I think I got what I had at Big Lots.
 
Hormel Turkey, I like it better than regular Hormel.
 
New developments since 2008. The Great Value chili is no longer like regular Hormel. Not sure who is making it but I like it. And it would be good on a dog. It is not a real thick chili.
 
Also, Wolf has come out w/ a new "Hot" version. It is a slightly diff spice mix and I like it even better than regular Wolf. It is not that hot but does have a slight kik. It is real good on a hot dog or just by the bowl.
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RE: Best canned Chili is.. 2010/10/14 20:32:49 (permalink)
Wolfe Brand and it's on sale this week @ Kroger's for $1.00 a can
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RE: Best canned Chili is.. 2010/10/14 20:52:42 (permalink)
CK, that's a great price! WM had the ""hot" and the "mild" for a buck is how I came to try the hot. I didn't get the mild. These variations may not be available everywhere though.
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RE: Best canned Chili is.. 2010/10/15 15:55:11 (permalink)
I now have 20 cans (10 of each) my winter supplies are laid in, bring on the snow
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RE: Best canned Chili is.. 2010/10/15 16:15:28 (permalink)
CK, 10 hot and 10 regular? Sounds like your stocked up. But, I'm bettin it's all gone by day after New Years. :~)
 
Mmm, a hot steamin bow of Wolf Brand Chili an a cold snowey winters day. Life don't get much better than that!
 
Oh, what I said above reminded me of the somewhat famous Wolf Brand commercial back when Wolf had any need for commercials here in Texas;
 
Neighbor, how long has it been since you've had a big, thick, steaming bowl of Wolf Brand Chili. Well that's too long!
 
The "steaming" was pronounced "steamin" though.
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RE: Best canned Chili is.. 2010/10/16 20:24:47 (permalink)
I checked all our local supermarkets and there is not one brand of Chili that doesn't have beans.
I spice up a can of chili using those squeeze packets of chili oil from Wendy's. Not bad.
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