Easy Hot Dog Chili

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If you love hot dogs, you have to try my Easy Hot Dog Chili which comes together in a flash. It's great on hotdogs, nachos, loaded fries, and even hamburgers!

two hot dogs with creamy coleslaw and chili on top

Why This Recipe is Special

As far back as I can remember, folks have been asking for my hot dog chili recipe. The first person who ever asked for it was my mother-in-law. She loved my chili more than anything and begged me to bring it to every family picnic.

When July the 4th or Labor Day rolls around, I whip up Easy Hot Dog Chili in less than 20 minutes and have it waiting on the dogs to grill. I always think of Mareta and wish she was here to take a big bite!

hot dog chili in a cast iron skillet

Does Hot Dog Chili Have Beans In It?

No way! In true southern tradition, this recipe is made without beans of any shape or kind. It's a condiment (or sauce) more than it is a meal.

This recipe is sweeter than the type you eat in a bowl like Campfire Chili. Folks around here are so crazy about chili, they even eat it on a Carolina Burger with mustard, slaw, and onions. Man, is that ever good!

Ingredients You'll Need

  • ground chuck or turkey
  • chili seasoning mix
  • water
  • ketchup
  • onion
  • sugar
  • hot sauce or worchestershire
  • salt & pepper
ingredients for hot dog chili including hamburger, ketchup, onion and chili seasoning

How to Make Hot Dog Chili

Brown ground beef or turkey in a skillet. Drain grease. Add chili seasoning and water. Stir and simmer until thickened (about 5 minutes). Use a large fork to break up any big chunks of meat. It should be as fine as possible.

Fold in ketchup, onion and sugar. Stir well and cook for 10 minutes over medium low heat until meat is tender.

Sprinkle in a dash of hot sauce or worchestershire (your choice). Stir well, then add salt and pepper to taste.

hot dog chili in a red bowl

What Goes Well with Hot Dog Chili?

The best part about this chili is it's so versatile. Besides hot dogs, it tastes great on nachos and loaded french fries. I've also served it on top of baked potatoes topped with cheddar cheese and sour cream. Mmm.

It's the perfect side to bring to a tailgate party, backyard cookout, or football game. Serve it alongside my Creamy Southern Coleslaw for a special treat.

Why not dream up a gourmet hot dog bar and provide lots of toppings for guests to make their own chili dogs? Try these great hot dog bar ideas from my friend, Anecia, at Smarty Pants Kitchen.

hot dogs side by side with chili and coleslaw on top

More Picnic Sides to Love

Try these delicious sides that go perfectly with hot dogs at your next cookout or picnic!

two hot dogs with creamy coleslaw and chili on top

Easy Hot Dog Chili

If you love hot dogs, you have to try this Easy Hot Dog chili which comes together in a flash. It's great on hotdogs, nachos, loaded fries, and even hamburgers!
5 from 7 votes
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Course: Sauces, Sides
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 130kcal

*See notes in blog post for detailed tips, photos and instructions.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. ground chuck or turkey
  • 1 envelope chili seasoning
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup minced onion
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • dash of hot sauce or worchestershire
  • salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Brown ground chuck or turkey in a skillet. Drain grease.
  • Add chili seasoning and water. Simmer until thickened (about 5 minutes).
  • Use a fork to break up any large chunks of meat. It should be as fine as possible.
  • Add ketchup, onion and sugar. Stir well and cook for 10 minutes over medium low heat until meat is tender.
  • Sprinkle in a dash of hot sauce or worchestershire (your choice).
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.

Notes

  • Store leftover chili in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • Freeze hot dog chili for up to 6 months.
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Nutrition

Calories: 130kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 207mg | Potassium: 172mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition info is an auto generated estimate.

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20 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I love this recipe. It's so delicious, this is the second time I've made and my family loves it.

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