All the flavor without the carbs, this Low Carb Chili Dog Casserole is quick dish to put together, has great flavor and perfect for those summertime gatherings. Take this Chili Dog Casserole to a family reunion with a side of rolls for those who must have them!

This recipe is so easy to make and please both low carb dieters and non dieters alike! If you don’t want to make your own chili, you can buy premade chili and use that to top the hotdogs before baking. Just be sure to read the labels first to make sure its low carb if your concerned about that!

Single serving of Low Carb Chili Dog Casserole on plate with green napkin to the back

Why a low carb Chili Dog Casserole?

I love chili dogs, and let’s face it, I love the bun that goes with them just as much. But, one of the things you have to do to keep yourself in check sometimes, is to limit those things you love.

For me, carbs are one of the most addicting foods to put in my face. I’m one for the starchy carbs. You know, things like homemade bread, flour tortillas, pasta. I could go on and on. I love things like cookies, brownies (especially brownies!), and cupcakes too. But they aren’t as tempting to me as a savory carb is.

Single serving of Low Carb Chili Dog Casserole on plate with green napkin to the back

Chili Dog Casserole FAQ’s

Are hot dogs ok for low carb keto way of eating?

Hot dogs are a processed food, which really makes them something you should not eat much of on the keto diet. They are also not zero carb as they do have some fillers in them. Read your packages and pick what is best and acceptable for your diet. People who eat “dirty” keto will consume hotdogs without concern. I would definitely go with an all beef hotdog if I were trying to stick close to the keto diet.

Can I leave the beans out of this recipe and make it keto friendly?

Leaving the kidney beans out of this recipe will not affect the deliciousness this casserole has to offer. You can easily just omit the beans and have a fewer carbs in the casserole!

All of that said, I wasn’t so sure I would enjoy this casserole without the bun. I also wasn’t sure Grumpy would want to eat it without a bun. However, I had no buns in the house. So he had no choice! He ate it and he enjoyed the flavor, but stated it would have been better for him with a biscuit topping! He was definitely in a casserole state of mind when making that comment! I had to remind him that would have added carbs to my low carb casserole!

How to assemble Chili Dog Casserole

It all starts with using the #BestBeef you can find. For us, that is Certified Angus Beef® brand. I went 90% lean ground beef sirloin and a low fat turkey hot dog to keep the fat in check.

Certified Angus Beef Ground Beef in packaging

Start with the base layer. Cut hot dogs in half and placing them in an 8 x 12 inch casserole dish.

hotdogs cut in half and layered in bottom of casserole dish

Next, you bury your hot dogs with your chili mixture.

Chili layer over top of hot dogs in casserole dish

Cover the chili layer with reduced fat cheddar cheese and chopped onion. Then bake for 20-30 minutes.

fuly assembled casserole before baking

Once it has baked so it is hot through and cheese is melted, remove from oven and serve!

fully baked chili dog casserole in baking dish before serving

What to serve with Chili Dog Casserole

This would be a different type of casserole to take to a family reunion, memorial day or july 4th picnic. Quick, easy, and your friends can serve themselves on a plate or in a bun!

Other great crowd friendly low carb recipes that I like to make and would fit great on a reunion table are Broccoli Salad – Keto Recipe, and BLT Bites. I also love this Low Carb Cauliflower Picnic Salad from Carrie’s Experimental Kitchen!

Single serving of Low Carb Chili Dog Casserole on plate with green napkin to the back

Low Carb Chili Dog Casserole

All the flavor without the carbs, this Low Carb Chili Dog Casserole is quick to put together, has great flavor and perfect for those summertime gatherings.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Americain
Keyword: Casserole, Chili, Chili Dog Casserole, low carb, Low Carb Chili Dog Casserole
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 301kcal
Author: Shelby Law Ruttan

Ingredients

  • 1 package 8 hot dogs low fat turkey hot dogs
  • 1 lb 90% lean Certified Angus Beef ground sirloin
  • 1 cup diced onion divided
  • 2 large cloves garlic diced
  • 1 large jalapeno diced (see notes)
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar substitute or 2 tablespoons regular brown sugar
  • 1 cup tomato or pasta sauce see notes
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 can 15 oz chili beans in chili sauce
  • 3/4 cup reduced fat cheddar cheese shredded
  • Cilantro chopped for topping (optional)
  • Diced onion for topping optional

Instructions

  • Brown the ground beef, garlic, 1/2 cup of the onion and the jalapeno pepper in large frying pan over medium high heat until very soft and tender. Drain off any fat from the pan.
  • Add the chili powder, cumin, brown sugar, salt, Worcestershire, tomato sauce and beans. Bring to a boil, lower heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Arrange hot dogs on the bottom of a baking dish. Cover with chili, scatter with cheese and top with remaining diced onion.
  • Bake at 400 F until hot and bubbling, 15 to 20 minutes. 
  • Serve with chopped onion and cilantro if desired.

Notes

f jalapeno peppers are too hot for you, substitute a 1/2 cup diced green bell pepper.
Feel free to use plain tomato sauce or pasta sauce. I used Prego's Marketplace Roasted Garlic pasta sauce in my recipe.
Nutrition information calculated using myfitnesspal is provided as a courtesy, but will vary depending on the specific brands of ingredients you use. Please consult with your doctor regarding specific health needs.

Nutrition

Serving: 1/8th of recipe | Calories: 301kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 1071mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 4g

About the Author: Shelby Law Ruttan

Shelby is the author/owner of Grumpy's Honeybunch. Established in 2007, she shares and preserves family recipes as well as recipes for cooking light and keto. She is an experienced, self-taught home cook who loves to share recipes with others. You can see her work on websites such as Veal Made Easy, Parade, Community Table, SoFab Food, Yummly, and FoodGawker.

8 Comments

  1. Pam Bailey July 21, 2018 at 7:11 pm - Reply

    hi,

    why don’t you post nutritional info?? This recipe s no good for me without it and it looks great!!!???

    • Shelby July 28, 2018 at 9:05 am - Reply

      Hi Pam, I am working on adding nutritional info to posts. I use myfitnesspal to calculate. This recipe is on my list to update because it’s a low carb recipe. It will probably be updated in the very near future. Thanks for stopping by! I will contact you when this is updated in case your still interested.

  2. Pam Bailey July 30, 2018 at 9:27 pm - Reply

    Thanks so much for your reply Shelby. Yes, I am still interested in nutrition info.

    • Shelby August 4, 2018 at 8:44 am - Reply

      Hi Pam, I have updated this information. Thank you for your patience! I hope you enjoy the recipe 🙂

  3. Pam Bailey August 10, 2018 at 10:38 pm - Reply

    Thank you Shelbu. I don’t see the carb counts; am I looking in the wrong place?

  4. Pam Bailey August 12, 2018 at 5:08 pm - Reply

    Hello Shelby,

    I found the carb counts. I must have been brain dead when I first looked. Sorry for the previous post. I will enjoy this; it looks so good.

    Thank you again!
    Pam

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