Wade and I don't have many family traditions of our own yet. We usually just go with those of our families and do the 'run around' on holidays. But we do have a tradition on Halloween that came about by convenience more than anything, and that is hot dogs and chili. Every Halloween for the past 8 years Wade and I have fixed a huge pot of chili and hot dogs. Actually Wade usually fixes it, but this year I took over. And I'm sharing! Here's Wade's recipe:
1 1/2 lbs hamburger meat
1 medium onion chopped
1 large can petite diced tomatoes (do not drain)
1 can tomato paste
1 tablespoon diced garlic
1 package Carroll Shelby's chili seasoning (omit the mesa flour unless you like it SUPER thick)
a little extra chili powder
a little extra cayenne pepper
a little extra salt
1 can drained and rinsed light kidney beans
1 can drained and rinsed black beans
You may need to add a little water, the tomato pastes acts as a thickener which is why you can omit the flour that comes in the seasoning package.
I like lots of beans, if you don't, you may only want to add 1 can of beans. I double the recipe by increasing everything BUT the beans and it's still plenty.