Ultimate Chili Cheese Dog Recipe

Disclosure AffiliateThis Ultimate Chili Cheese Dog Recipe starts with homemade chili that is quick and easy to make, but OH SO delicious!

When it comes to All-American foods, I’m thinking that the chili cheese dog has to be at the top of the list! You start with a hot dog, as in “Baseball, Hot Dogs, Apple Pie and Chevrolet” and then take it further by adding a classic Tex-Mex chili too it and, of course, some good old midwestern dairy cheese. The end result is a super delicious creation perfect for lunch, game day, or an easy family dinner. With this Ultimate Cheese Dog Recipe, the flavor packs a punch by starting with a homemade chili. BUT, the good thing is that the chili is actually super easy to make.

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When you’re making the chili portion, you may want to double (or maybe even triple) the recipe and save the extra frozen in small portions in the freezer. That way whenever you want to make chili cheese dogs you just have to defrost a container of your homemade chili to top your dogs. I recently bought a set of these freezer containers an they are SO convenient. I love how well the containers and lids stack in the cabinet, taking up hardly any room. And once they are filled they stack great in the freezer too.


Ultimate Chili Cheese Dog Recipe


1 lb Ground Beef
1 tbsp Chili Powder
1 tsp Garlic Powder
1 tsp Onion Powder
2 tbsp Tomato Paste
1 tbsp Ketchup
1 tbsp Salsa
8 Hot Dogs
8 Hot Dog Buns
8 oz Cheddar Cheese
Diced Onions (optional)
Mustard (optional)

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Brown ground beef. Drain.
Stir in chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, tomato paste, ketchup, salsa and 1/2 cup water.
Simmer 20 minutes.
Heat hot dogs in a frying pan with 2 Tbsp water, cook on the grill or submerge in boiling water.
Toast buns in 300 degree oven until they begin to brown.
Squirt mustard on bun and add hot dog.
Top hot dog with chili, diced onions and cheese.
Serve immediately.

Pineapple Pistachio Lettuce Salad Recipe with Barber Foods


  • 1/2 cup chopped pineapple
  • 3 Tbsp chopped pistachios
  • 1 green onion, sliced
  • 2 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 5 ounces spring mix lettuce
  • 2 Tbsp pineapple juice
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Place pineapple juice, vinegar, oil, salt and pepper in a small bowl and whisk well. Combine all other ingredients in salad bowl. Pour dressing over lettuce mixture, toss well, and serve.
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  1. cshell090869@aol.com' shelly peterson says:

    This looks like a great recipe. My son would love i.

  2. jewelwood55@gmail.com' Julie Wood says:

    I have some hot dogs and I want to make the Ultimate Chili Cheese Dog Recipe! It looks so easy and delicious! Thanks for the recipe.

  3. Oh wow, I can’t help but smack my lips looking at these cheese dogs, and the salad, too. Oh, I must to do this! Soon!

  4. slehan@juno.com' Sarah L says:

    That looks like heartburn city to me. My brother wants one right now.

  5. kathypease@gmail.com' Kathy Pease says:

    Oh my these look so delicious..I have not had a chili dog in years and my family would love this 🙂

  6. versatileer@gmail.com' Jerry Marquardt says:

    I would definitely would love to try the Ultimate Chili Cheese Dog Recipe. I think it is a great barbecue item, of which it’s on my menu later in the week.

  7. janet3rdgrade@yahoo.com' Janet W. says:

    What a delicious hot dog recipe! My family would love to try this!!

  8. pinktaz60@hotmail.com' Betsy Barnes says:

    Such a great recipe! My family is really going to love this dish!

  9. These look so good! Perfect for summertime!

  10. carawling@hotmail.com' Cynthia R says:

    I’ve been looking like for a hot dog chili recipe. THe last one was storebought and it was awful

  11. tamilynn59@yahoo.com' Tami Vollenweider says:

    These look very yummy! The only thing I wouldn’t put on is he onions,I don’t like raw onions on anything!

  12. This looks great. I love chili cheese dogs.

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