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Chili Cheese Dog

Upgrade your hot dog and make this chili cheese dog recipe! They’re made with a simple chili and cheddar cheese!

Prep: 15 minutesCook: 20 minutesTotal: 35 minutes
Fat 33 Carbs 56 Protein 34
Yield 6 1x


For the Chili 

  • ½ pound ground beef (we used 80/20)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil 
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced (about 1 cup) 
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced 
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • ½ cup tomato sauce 
  • 2 cup water 
  • 1 15-oz. can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder 
  • ¼ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 
  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano, optional 

For the Hot Dogs 

  • 6 all-beef hot dogs (I used Nathan’s Brand)
  • 6 hot dog buns 
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded 
  • Chili, above 


For the Chili 

  1. Heat a large saucepan or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the ground beef and cook for 5-8 minutes, stirring occasionally. When the beef is browned, remove it from the pan. 
  2. Add the olive oil and diced onion. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes or until the onion is tender. 
  3. Next, add the garlic and tomato paste and cook for one minute. 
  4. Add the ground beef back to the pan along with the tomato sauce, water, beans, chili powder, Worcestershire sauce, and oregano. 
  5. Bring the mixture to a boil and then reduce it to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. 
  6. Remove the chili from the heat and set it aside while you prepare the hot dogs. 

For the Hot Dogs 

  1. Preheat your oven to 400F. 
  2. Grill or saute the hot dogs until they are warmed through– about 5-8 minutes over medium-high heat. 
  3. Open the hot dog buns slightly (make sure not to rip them completely in half) and place them cut-side up on a baking sheet. 
  4. Bake for 8 minutes, or just until theyre lightly toasted on top. 
  5. Add one hot dog to each bun and top each hot dog with 2-3 tablespoons of chili, depending on how much you like! 
  6. Top the chili with 2-3 tablespoons of cheddar cheese and place the hot dogs in the oven for 8-10 minutes, or until the cheese is melted. 
  7. Serve immediately. I dont recommend storing the assembled hot dogs as the chili can make the buns soggy. Store any leftover chili in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days. 

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/6 Calories: 658 Sugar: 7 Fat: 33 Carbohydrates: 56 Fiber: 12 Protein: 34
Author: Lee FunkeCategory: Main MealMethod: OvenCuisine: American

Keywords: chili cheese dog