A Father’s Day Special: Homemade Chili Cheese Dogs

For Father’s Day this year, to show my appreciation for Dustin, I asked him if there was something special he would like me to make.   Anything was on the table: rack of lamb, lobster, steak… Nothing’s too good or expensive for the wonderful father of our baby girl.

Father's Day Special Homemade Chili Cheese Dogs recipe and image by Lacey Stevens-Baier, personal chef of Sweet Pea Chef

Well, his eyes lit up, he grinned and he immediately requested my homemade chili cheese dogs.  My heart smiled a little when he did, as I knew he would request this meal. It’s at the top of his “last meal” list, next to a Texas brisket sandwich with a side of barbecued ham and fried okra, a cold Dr. Pepper and a breakfast burrito from this hole-in-the-wall liquor store in Carpinteria, CA (know the place?).

My “last meal” would have to be a good BLT with perfectly toasted sourdough bread, crisp lettuce, crunchy, yet chewy bacon, heavy on the mayo and perfectly ripe tomatoes.  Oh, and an iced sweet tea.  And maybe a thick slice of New York cheesecake with fresh strawberries.  And…

Father's Day Special Homemade Chili Cheese Dogs recipe and image by Lacey Stevens-Baier, personal chef of Sweet Pea Chef
Father's Day Special Homemade Chili Cheese Dogs recipe and image by Lacey Stevens-Baier, personal chef of Sweet Pea Chef
Father's Day Special Homemade Chili Cheese Dogs recipe and image by Lacey Stevens-Baier, personal chef of Sweet Pea Chef
Father's Day Special Homemade Chili Cheese Dogs recipe and image by Lacey Stevens-Baier, personal chef of Sweet Pea Chef

But I digress as usual.  This chili recipe is quite flavorful.  It’s sweet, tangy and bold with a little kick to it.  Plain and simple.  Not pretty.  Not fancy.   Just chili.  And Dustin loves it.

Father's Day Special Homemade Chili Cheese Dogs recipe and image by Lacey Stevens-Baier, personal chef of Sweet Pea Chef

Happy Father’s Day, everyone!

A Father's Day Special: Homemade Chili Cheese Dogs
 
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Serves: 6-8
Ingredients
  • FOR THE CHILI:
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 2 cups onion, chopped (about ¾ medium onion)
  • 6 oz. tomato paste
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • 2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp. apple cider vinegar
  • ½ tsp. kosher salt
  • ½ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • ½ tsp. ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper

  • FOR THE DOGS
  • hot dog buns
  • hot dog franks, preferably grilled (I use Ball Park all-beef franks)
  • shredded cheddar cheese
Instructions
  1. Heat olive oil over medium-high heat in deep pot. Add the onion and cook until tender, about 6-8 minutes.
  2. Add tomato paste, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, and the spices and stir together, making sure all the meat is broken up into small pieces.
  3. Stirring occasionally, simmer over low heat until chili is very thick, about 15-20 minutes.
  4. Serve over grilled hot dogs and garnish with shredded cheese.

 

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About the author: My name is Lacey and I’m so glad you’re here. I am a foodie, a photographer, a chef, and a project manager at a local tech start-up in Austin. But, most importantly, I am the mother of three adorable little kiddos (Jordan, Savannah and Hunter) and am madly in love with and married to my high school sweetheart, Dustin.

23 comments… add one

  1. Emi June 21, 2010, 8:57 am

    Gotta love a good chili dog! I marked your chili recipe, so I can make it when I get settled and the weather turns chili-er (sorry, I had to!)

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    1. Sweet Pea Chef June 27, 2010, 2:59 pm

      Hi Emi! I hope you enjoy the chili. Anytime is good chili time for my husband :)

      Reply
  2. Raquel de Meneses July 6, 2010, 2:35 pm

    Incredible. I just drooled all over my keyboard. I’ll provide that ingredient’s list on the next trip to the market and make this chilli dog as soon as possible.

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    1. Sweet Pea Chef July 6, 2010, 3:15 pm

      Hey Raquel! Yay, I’m so glad you’re gonna make this! It’s so tasty. Thanks for stopping by!

      Reply
  3. Thomas January 22, 2011, 7:27 pm

    I made this recipe for my friends, and it was a hit.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Reply
  4. Dave sides from England March 7, 2011, 6:11 am

    I have been looking for a good chilli dog recipie and yours looks great. Im going to cook these tonight, cant wait!!

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      1. Dave Sides from England March 8, 2011, 3:27 pm

        WOW they were fantastic,just how I always wanted them to taste!! Thanks for the recipie!!

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  5. Sidney July 23, 2011, 2:57 pm

    Hi Lacey,

    Found your recipe several weeks ago for the chili cheese dogs, and wanted to try it, so today I did.

    I must say it is great, and all who had them said the same, BUT: I must say that I, (i alone) like a more tart than sweet taste, and was wondering what I could add to make it a little more tart for me, can not think of what to add.

    Great recipe My Friend,

    Yours,
    Sidney

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    1. lacey - a sweet pea chef July 26, 2011, 4:13 pm

      Hi Sidney! I totally understand — I used to prefer my sauce on the tarter side as well. Just add a little more vinegar — maybe even some lemon juice — to reach your desired level of tartness. Good luck!

      Reply
  6. Dawn August 20, 2011, 9:32 am

    OMGoodness!!! We are having a family get together this weekend and I so wanted a good chili dog…my family is from Rhode Island and they have “hot weiners” so I knew that the chili would have to be more than the bland stuff from the stores…YIPPEE I think I found it :O) Thank you so much…and I am smitten with your site – I bookmarked it! Have a blessed day

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  7. Liz August 29, 2011, 5:20 am

    Hi

    Just stumbled across your website whilst looking for an authentic chilli dog recipie here in the London England. Such a grea recipie-big success with my hubby and little 1 yr old girl too!

    Thanks!

    Liz

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  8. Cyndie December 29, 2011, 12:44 pm

    My son wants chili cheese dogs tonight. Your recipe looks good. So you really just put meat in water? No browning of meat? Just asking before I give it a whirl. Thanks cyndie

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    1. lacey - a sweet pea chef December 29, 2011, 12:50 pm

      I know, Cyndie, it looks a little unorthodox — especially since I usually say the secret to great food is browning the meat well. But this recipe is just so good — try it out and see what you think. ;)

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      1. Cyndie February 8, 2012, 1:15 pm

        Sorry it took so long to give you feedback, but FYI it was a huge success! Oh and I just saw your X-roads, good luck but keep on cookin’. Be happy. Cyndie

        Reply
  9. Katie February 13, 2013, 12:57 pm

    Hello! I know this post is old, but I’ve just stumbled across it and was wondering if you could tell me how many servings this makes? I want to make it for quite a few people and want to make sure I have enough for everyone. It looks delicious, I can’t wait to try it!

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  10. Annelise October 22, 2013, 6:57 pm

    Great chili dog recipe! I kind of tweaked it here and there, doubled the cumin, added some chili powder, used beef broth vs water. I just wish I had some chili beans on hand. But it tastes great, not salty, and it’s a lot better than the stuff at restaurants.
    I’m looking forward to trying your other recipes as well.

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  11. Dave December 2, 2013, 9:03 pm

    Kids loved these at our sons birthday party ! :) Thanks for sharing

    Reply

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