Homemade Chili Cheese Dog Recipe

This post was last updated on March 28, 2015 to include new images and a recipe video.

  Homemade Chili Cheese Dog Recipe

For Father’s Day every year, to show my appreciation for Dustin and how awesome of a dad he is, I asked him if there was something special he would like me to make for dinner.   Anything’s on the table: rack of lamb, lobster, steak… Nothing’s too good or expensive for the wonderful father of our kiddos.

And, every year, without even blinking, his eyes light up, he grins, and he immediately requests my homemade chili cheese dog recipe.

Homemade Chili Cheese Dog Recipe

And, every year, my heart smiles a little when he does.  Because I know it’s what he’s going to request.

This homemade chili cheese dog recipe is easily at the top of Dustin’s “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 we used to go to all the time.

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…

But I digress as usual.

Homemade Chili Cheese Dog Recipe

These chili cheese dogs are quite flavorful.  The chili is sweet, tangy, and bold with a little kick to it.

Plain and simple.  Not pretty.  Not fancy.   Just some good ol’ chili.

And Dustin loves it.  Every year 🙂

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5 from 5 votes
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Homemade Chili Cheese Dog Recipe
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
35 mins
This is the best homemade chili cheese dog recipe ever. We love it and hope you will, too.
Categories: Easy Dinner
Difficulty: Easy
Keyword: chili cheese dog, chili cheese dogs, chili dog recipe
Servings: 6
Calories: 572 kcal
Author: Lacey Baier of A Sweet Pea Chef
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 6 oz tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 6 hot dog buns
  • 6 hot dog franks I use Ball Park all-beef franks, preferably grilled
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese shredded
  1. Heat olive oil over medium-high heat in deep pot.
  2. Add the onion and cook until sweating, about 3-4 minutes.
  3. Add the ground beef and cook over medium-high heat until well-browned, about 8-10 minutes.
  4. Add tomato paste, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, salt, pepper, paprika, cumin, ginger, and cayenne, and stir together, making sure all the meat is broken up into small pieces.
  5. Add the chicken stock and bring to a simmer.
  6. Stirring occasionally, simmer over low heat until chili thickens, about 10-12 minutes.
  7. Serve over grilled hot dogs and garnish with shredded cheese.

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Nutrition Facts
Homemade Chili Cheese Dog Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 572 Calories from Fat 284
% Daily Value*
Fat 31.5g48%
Saturated Fat 12.5g63%
Cholesterol 93.2mg31%
Sodium 1326.8mg55%
Carbohydrates 39.3g13%
Fiber 2.7g11%
Sugar 13.2g15%
Protein 32.8g66%
Vitamin A 550IU11%
Vitamin C 14mg17%
Calcium 250mg25%
Iron 5.4mg30%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Lacey Baier

Hey there! I’m Lacey Baier and I’d like to welcome you! I’m a healthy lifestyle influencer and the creator of this clean-eating blog and YouTube channel, as well as cleanish, my clean-eating supplement brand. My recipes have been published on Food Network, Good Morning America, FoxNews, Tastemade, Fitness Magazine, and much more. I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and four kiddos. Let’s get started!

32 thoughts on “Homemade Chili Cheese Dog Recipe

  1. Chili powder is one of the traditional spices that you will use when you are cooking a dog. Most people enjoy this type of chili because of the taste, but it should never be cooked in large amounts. This is because too much of the chili powder can make a hot dog taste bitter and it can cause a dog to have a burning sensation when it is cooked.

  2. I worked at the Dairy Queen for several summers in my youth. This chili taste exactly like the chili we would use to make our chili dogs. Absolutely fantastic!

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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

    1. 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. 😉

      1. 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

  6. 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!



  7. 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

  8. 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,


    1. 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!

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

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

  10. 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.

  11. 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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