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Chili Cheese Dogs

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When I posted my Guinness Chili last year, I promised that I would post the recipe for the Chili Cheese Dogs “soon”. Well better late than never, right? Summer is the season for hot dogs on the grill. January is the season for hot dogs covered in delicious chili and cheese…and beer…and football! Here is my version of a Chili Cheese Dog…..

a hot dog smothered in chili and melted cheese, topped with sour cream and sliced green onions sitting on a white plate with a bottle of Guinness in the background

Yes, I do realize that making hot dogs is not rocket science, but there are some subtle things that can make all the difference in the finished product!

Tips and Tricks for making awesome Chili Cheese Dogs:

First thing to take into consideration, is the Hot Dog Buns…..

hot dog buns sitting on a wire rack

These homemade hot dog buns are sturdier than the “fluffy” buns that you find in your local grocery store bakery. These babies are up to the challenge of supporting all of that delicious chili!

Speaking of chili, I have a few of different options for you based on your taste preferences:

Chili Sauce for Hot Dogs – no beans

Guinness Chili with beans

Jack Daniels Chili with beans.

I used Guinness Chili for the images that you see in this post, it is one of my favorites!

a chili and melted cheese covered hot dog in a homemade hot dog bun sitting on a white plate with a bottle of Guinness in the background

Another one of my personal preferences, Applegate Natural All Beef Hot Dogs. They are nitrate free, antibiotic free, and taste delicious!!

How to make Chili Cheese Dogs:

If you are using homemade hot dog buns, cut a large circle in the top of the bun and remove the excess bun to create a bowl effect…..

Chili Cheese Dogs bun cookingwithcurls.com

Now spoon some heated chili into the cavity…..

Chili Cheese Dogs chili cookingwithcurls.com

Place your heated hot dog on top of the chili and top with additional chili and cheese…..

Chili Cheese Dogs cheese cookingwithcurls.com

Place in the microwave and heat until cheese is melted, about 30 seconds or so. Or place in a preheated oven until the cheese is melted.

Garnish with sour cream/Greek yogurt and serve…..

close up image of a chili and melted cheese covered hot dog with sour cream and sliced green onions on top sitting on a white plate

If you want to be a rebel and slice your hot dog bun in half, it will still work, it will just be extra messy! You will definitely need a knife and fork!

More delicious chili topped recipes:

Enjoy!!

a hot dog smothered in chili and melted cheese, topped with sour cream and sliced green onions sitting on a white plate with a bottle of Guinness in the background

Chili Cheese Dogs

The whole family will LOVE these Chili Cheese Dogs, I dare you to just eat one!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: hot dog, beef, buns, chili, cheese, recipe, game, party
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8 Servings
Calories: 378kcal
Author: Lisa Johnson

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of your choice of chili
  • 8 uncured, sulfite free hot dogs (I used Applegate)
  • 8 hot dog buns
  • 1 cup shredded cheese I used colby/jack
  • sour cream or Greek yogurt to garnish

Instructions

  • If you have made your chili ahead of time, or using leftovers, heat chili and set aside.
  • Heat hot dogs. I usually microwave mine for 25 seconds each.
  • If using homemade hot dog buns, cut a large circle in the top of the bun. Carefully remove to create a bowl effect.
  • Spoon some chili into the bottom of the hot dog bun. Top with hot dog, then additional chili.
  • Sprinkle cheese over the top and microwave to melt the cheese.
  • Garnish with a dollop of sour cream/Greek yogurt if desired and serve.

Notes

Nutrition

Calories: 378kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 1095mg | Potassium: 356mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 310IU | Vitamin C: 1.7mg | Calcium: 179mg | Iron: 4.3mg

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6 Comments

  1. Yes, I remember you Guinness chili…I made it and loved it! So I know I would love this hot dog. There isn’t a much better Game Day food than this! 🙂

  2. Oh those look great! I make them all the time but now think I need to try your buns and see if they contain the goodies better than my current method! Thanks for sharing over at Treasure Tuesday!

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