Labor Day Must-Haves, Recipes, and More!

As the end of summer rears its head and Labor Day is upon us, it’s the perfect time to fire up the grill and make your favorite summer recipes, from hotdog cookouts to BBQ classic favorites. Take in the last hazy, warm, idyllic dog days of summer with these must-try Labor Day recipes. 

Hot Dog Cookout

Celebrate the warm weather with a hot dog cookout! Create memories with the whole family, as you gill some of the best hotdogs anyone’s ever had. We’ve added one of our favorite hot dog recipes for you to try.

Recipe: Chili Dogs 

A timeless family favorite, these chili dogs will be a family favorite and will probably be requested to be added to the next cookout menu. 

Ingredients (all of which can be found at your local Caputos):

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 8 hot dogs
  • 8 hot dog buns, split
  • Add-ons of your choice: Shredded cheddar cheese and chopped onion


Make your chili on a skillet on the stove. Cook your beef thoroughly and drain. Chop beef until it’s small, fine pieces. Then add beef back into the pan and mix in the seasonings and ketchup. Bring it to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cook the hotdogs and serve your chili dogs on some of your favorite Caputio’s hotdog buns. 

Canning Week

Preserve the summer produce you’ve grown, picked, or bought by canning your favorites. Make canned jams, salsas, preserves, pickled veggies, and more! We recommend trying to canning some of the beloved go-tos like canning tomatoes, canning green beans, canning peaches, canning supplies, and salsa canning. 

Other Labor Day Cookout Favorite Dishes 

Are you looking for more of your favorite Labor Day cookout menu ideas? Try some popular, easy Labor Day dishes for your next outdoor summer celebration. Beyond the tried-and-true hotdog and burgers, try some other classic BBQ favorites like BBQ chicken, short ribs, or wings. Pair your main dish with popular dishes, sides, and desserts to complete your Labor Day picnic. Some recommended dishes include potato side, green beans, watermelon, corn, and more. Shop Caputo’s for all your Labor Day cookout menu ingredients, and take advantage of Caputo’s Labor Day deals now.

Back To School Check-List for the Adults

Snacks On Snacks

As the kids prepare to return to school, get ahead of schedule with some early preparations. You can’t go wrong with school snacks like easy grab-and-go pre-packed single-serving items like chips and fruit snacks. Find healthy school snack options, like the kid’s favorite vegetables and fruits, with yummy dips like yogurt, chocolate, peanut butter, and more. 

Don’t Forget the Coffee

But most importantly, don’t forget the coffee! While shopping for the kids, stock up on what you need, especially your favorite cold brew and coffee creamer. Avoid crashing and drink caffeine early in the day to prepare for school drop-off. Keep within the recommended 400 milligrams (about 4 cups of brewed coffee) of caffeine daily to avoid jitters and crashes. Shop Caputo’s specialty coffee beans here. 

Shop Caputo’s back-to-school specials, including snacks, coffee, and more, so you are ready to make lunches for the upcoming weeks quickly and easily. Or save time by having your groceries delivered or picked up to focus on other back-to-school to-do necessities.

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