When I asked my mother for the family's hot dog chili recipe, this is what she gave me. It sounded too generic and plain, but it really is great. Everyone who tries it says it reminds them of hot dog sales from their childhood!
1 lb ground chuck
1 small onion chopped
1 cup ketchup
1 teaspoon chili powder
Place ground chuck and onion in a medium saucepan and cover with water.
Cook over high, stirring to break up the meat. Cook until the beef is no longer pink.
Drain the meat mixture and then return to the saucepan.
Add ketchup and chili powder (more if desired) to the meat.
Cook over low heat until the chili is warmed through.