Reminiscent of chili dogs from my childhood Dairy Queen visits! Buried in chili and covered with cheese and onions, Chili Cheese Dogs are easy to make delicious dinner treat for your family!Chili Cheese Dogs
 I also remember eating Chili Cheese Dogs at A&W when I used to live right smack behind one! This has always been one of my favorite foods to eat when going out so I decided that it was about time to make one to eat at home. I love cooking the hotdogs on the grill, but if you aren’t able to do so, use a grill pan on the stove top. Works just as well and you still get the grill marks!
Chili Cheese Dogs
 I went with a spaghetti sauce in the chili recipe. It is something I learned from Kristna (Justin’s former spouse). I love the flavor the spaghetti sauce gives the chili. I suggest using a thicker spaghetti sauce (I choose Prego). If you find the spaghetti sauce you use is a thinner sauce, I would add a bit more tomato paste to thicken it up some.
 Chili Cheese Dogs
Looking for a good side dish to go with your chili cheese dogs? Try my recipe for Red, White & Blue Potato Salad or this full of flavor Pasta Salad with Creamy Parmesan Dressing. Serve up Loaded Peanut Butter Brownies for dessert!

Chili Cheese Dogs

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 53 minutes

Serving Size: 1 hotdog with 1/4 cup chili topping

Chili Cheese Dogs


  • Chili:
  • 1.25 lbs ground beef
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1/2 red pepper, diced
  • 1 can Bush's Beans in Chili Sauce
  • 1 can Rotel Diced Tomatoes with Peppers
  • 2 cups Spaghetti Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder (more if you like it spicy)
  • Your favorite hot dog
  • Hot dog rolls
  • shredded cheddar cheese
  • diced onion


  1. Brown the hamburger with some onion and red pepper.  Drain any excess fat.  Stir in remaining ingredients and simmer uncovered 15-20 minutes .  Use as topping for hot dogs or enjoy on its own!  I took some to work today, topped with cheddar cheese, warmed up it was nice and gooey on top and delicious!
  2. Assemble the dog as such:
  3. Bun, dog, chili, cheese, onions.  Or mix it up your own way :o)  Grumpy put so much topping on, he had to eat his with a fork.  I ate mine with my hands - I like things dainty and neat - exactly what my chili dog was!
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  1. Mags June 23, 2010 at 1:54 am - Reply

    Great summer food. I've never met a chili dog I didn't love.

  2. Rachelle @ "Mommy? I'm Hungry!" June 23, 2010 at 2:49 am - Reply

    LOL! You goober! Well I'm not blogging about our chili dogs, was nothing as fancy, just chili and cheese no onions. Mr. at about 3 of them! Yours look fab! Thanks for the mention too. =)

  3. Food Lover June 23, 2010 at 9:09 am - Reply

    Looks yummy 🙂

  4. Grumpy and HoneyB June 23, 2010 at 10:16 am - Reply

    LOL Rachelle. You can call me a goober because I love you! ha ha. Oh, not to mention I know WHY you called me a goober! :-p

  5. Cristine June 23, 2010 at 12:19 pm - Reply

    Your chili dogs look delicious!

  6. Tupper Cooks! June 23, 2010 at 12:31 pm - Reply

    Chili Cheese Dogs = Summer Staple! I love Hoffman's dogs. At 3 lbs. for $10.99 they're a great value-

    Another superb wiener is/are Zweigels ( out of Rochester). If Grumpy likes Hoff Dogs he'll love these. You can find them at the IGA in Cape Vincent and occasionally at the Big M in Clayton.

    I'll be cooking up a bunch of Hoffdogs Friday night for the daughters pr-wedding BBQ

    Great pics! You've got me drooling again!

  7. Jessie June 23, 2010 at 2:14 pm - Reply

    just in time for the independence day cook out! Chili dogs are the ultimate cook out food. These look great 🙂

  8. vanillasugar June 23, 2010 at 2:27 pm - Reply

    you know i would love these. a couple at least. we eat a lot of those all natural, no nitrates hot dogs from whole foods and i LOVE using baked beans or chili on mine.

  9. Kristen June 23, 2010 at 3:43 pm - Reply

    My two younger boys discovered chili dogs last week when they went camping with their scout troop. I had been trying for years to get all of my kids to eat them, but to no avail. They go camping once and are hooked. Yours look great!

  10. Cheryl June 23, 2010 at 5:40 pm - Reply

    One of my very favorite things in the world to eat, year round!

  11. Just Food Snobs June 23, 2010 at 6:04 pm - Reply

    My husband loves hotdogs with chili, this is a great chili recipe! He loves everything on the spicy side so I will probably add more! Thanks.

  12. Anna June 23, 2010 at 8:33 pm - Reply

    This hot dog makes me very homesick, in Brazil that's how we make hotdogs all the time. Yours looks delicious.

  13. Tanantha @ I Just Love My Apron June 23, 2010 at 8:46 pm - Reply

    YUM! The hot dog looks so goodddd! You made a great choice making this for dinner and this dish is perfect for summmer!

  14. pegasuslegend June 23, 2010 at 11:34 pm - Reply

    thats one hell of a dog!

  15. Diana's Cocina June 24, 2010 at 1:00 am - Reply

    My husband and son would love this. I have it bookmarked. LOL!

  16. Gera @ Sweets Foods Blog June 24, 2010 at 5:02 am - Reply

    Scrumptious hot dogs and with lot of onion – ideal for me :)) I can eat for dozen!



  17. Marthe June 24, 2010 at 7:41 am - Reply

    Here I am eating some low-fat Strawberry Yoghurt for breakfast and you go tempt me with this Hot Dog: it looks soooo scrumptious!

  18. Jamie June 29, 2010 at 2:16 am - Reply

    That chili dog looks yummmmmy!

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