I used to eat a lot of hot dogs at home. My go to recipe was simply a regular hot dog, some Texas Pete canned chili, and some shredded cheese. It was simple, classic and I loved it.
One of the interesting things about Texas Pete Chili is that despite being called chili it was actually vegan. The meat is not actually meat, but TVP (Textured Vegetable Protein) which is found in lots of canned meat products. It’s a soy product that is made to resemble meat.
This may sound like a huge turnoff, but for me this was most recently a selling point. See, last year I stopped eating beef and pork after Brandy developed a beef and pork allergy. We recently discovered the greatness of Oscar Meyer’s Turkey Hot Dogs and I’ve been craving some chili to top my hot dog with. I could make my own turkey chili, but I’ve been looking for a simple can of Texas Pete and have been amazed that I haven’t found it at any of the local grocery stores since it was manufactured in Winston-Salem, about ninety minutes away.
Shortly thereafter, another nearby food manufacturer began canning Texas Tailgate Chili, which is their take on the classic Texas Pete Hot Dog Chili. The reviews vary saying it tastes identical to Texas Pete to it tastes nothing at all like it. I was hoping to give that a test, but then I discovered that Texas Tailgate is made with TVP but also beef tallow, thus disqualifying it from foods that we can eat. So, I guess I’m back to making my own turkey chili to go on my turkey dogs.
I’ve eaten a lot of Texas Pete Chili in my day and now it is no more. I guess, I just wanted to take a moment to memorialize the greatest canned chili I ever tasted.
Good bye Texas Pete. I’m sorry it took me five years to realize you died. You obviously weren’t that important to me.