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February 4, 2014 / mintcustard

Chilli dogs for tea – making leftovers go further

Chilli dog and a side of coleslaw.

Chilli dog and a side of coleslaw.

At the weekend we had the most wonderful beef roast. After some lovely rare beef sandwiches had made their way into our lunchboxes the following day I still had a goodly chunk of beef left. I could have had more sandwiches of course but I really wanted the beef to star in another meal. I mentioned chilli to my teen and she looked half hearted. Then I mooted the chilli dog and her eyes lit up. I rootled around the salad drawer and came up with all the ingredients for home made slaw too so it was a go.

However hard  I try, the jumbo hot dog always looks rude in these photos. I’m sorry to those of a sensitive disposition!

Chilli Dogs

Chopped leftover beef

Chopped leftover beef

  • end of beef roast chopped finely
  • half an onion chopped finely
  • clove of garlic crushed
  • dregs from a carton of passata, (about 200 ml) or a big dollop of tomato puree)
  • stock or left over gravy from the roast
  • 1 green chilli finely chopped
  • big pinch dried chilli flakes
  • 1 jumbo hot dog per person
  • 1 substantial roll per person I used panini buns
  • ketchup and American mustard


  • white cabbage shredded
  • carrot grated
  • finely sliced onion
  • celery salt
  • pepper
  • mayonnaise
  • Mix the coleslaw ingredients in a bowl, add enough mayonnaise to cover and set to one side.
  • Soften the onion and garlic in a large pan.
  • Add in the beef and stir well.
  • Pour in the passata and stock or puree and stock.
  • Add in half the chopped chilli and simmer until the liquid is reduced.
  • Stir in the remaining chopped chilli and chilli flakes.
cooked down chilli beef

cooked down chilli beef

  • Cook the hot dogs as directed on the pack.
  • Open the hot dog bun. Place the hot dog into the bun.
Hot dog, mustard and ketchup.

Hot dog, mustard and ketchup.

  • Top with ketchup and mustard of you like it.
  • Pile the chilli on top of the hot dog.
Chilli topped dog.

Chilli topped dog.

  • Pop a big scoop of coleslaw on the side.
  • Watch the Superbowl highlights!

No Waste Food Challenge

I am linking this to  Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary ‘No Waste Food Challenge’ held by London Unattached this month. Why not link your leftover posts up there too.



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  1. sani panini / Feb 4 2014 7:48 pm


  2. The Food Waste Diaries / Feb 4 2014 9:07 pm

    Yummy! Great Idea.

  3. Elizabeth / Feb 19 2014 5:52 pm

    Oooh my goodness gracious me I’d tuck into one of these any day! Kinda wishing I’d used my leftover Sunday roast this way instead of what’s going to be my own #nowastefoodchallenge entry later this week! Superb! Thank you for sharing!

    • mintcustard / Feb 19 2014 6:29 pm

      There will be other leftovers on other days!

  4. London Unattached Food / Feb 24 2014 8:01 am

    I am laughing real time here, I’ve just made a sausage dish and found exactly the same – it just looked RUDE. This does however also look VERY tasty – thank you for entering the No Waste Food Challenge

    • mintcustard / Feb 24 2014 9:11 am

      I tried and tried, and then thought, stuff it, I can only photograph what is there. According to my children the problem isn’t the photo but my mind!!! A pleasure to contribute.


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