This homemade hot dog chili is the perfect topping for hot dogs! Do you love a good chili dog? If so, you have to try this hot dog chili recipe. It is so easy to make and tastes way better than what you buy in a can.
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A good hot dog chili recipe is the secret to a great chili dog!
Sweet, tangy and meaty, this hot dog chili is the very best that I’ve made, after spending many football weekends and backyard cookouts perfecting the recipe.
You’ll definitely want to try this from scratch hot dog chili recipe the next time your grilling hot dogs or hosting a backyard cookout. Make the very best chili cheese dogs the next time you’re tailgating!
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Why You’ll Love this Recipe
Made with basic ingredients like ground beef, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, tomato paste and basic seasonings, this hot dog chili recipe is incredibly flavorful and so easy to make. You probably already have everything you need to make it! There is really no comparison between homemade chili and what you buy in a can.
Chili Dogs are an easy go-to for summer grilling, quick dinners, tailgating and get-togethers. Hot dogs are an affordable, budget-friendly way to entertain friends and family. Simply making some homemade hot dog chili is an easy way to make your grilled hot dogs something extra yummy.
Hot dogs are also an easy way to get dinner on the table without any complaints from the kids. Why not make it spectacular with some homemade chili?
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What is the difference between hot dog chili and regular chili?
The first thing you’ll notice is that hot dog chili traditionally is made without beans. Additionally, hot dog chili has a sweeter taste and is made with ketchup instead of diced or stewed tomatoes. Traditional chili tends to have a spicier flavor and chunkier texture.
What toppings do you add to chili dogs?
A shredded Cheddar cheese and diced onion for a classic chili cheese dog. Mustard, ketchup and mayonnaise are condiments that compliment chili dogs. Sometimes, I like to simply add a little mayochup sauce to mine.
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I love effortless entertaining and chili dogs are always a crowd pleaser.
What is hot dog chili made of?
- ground beef
- tomato paste
- Worcestershire sauce
- yellow mustard
- brown sugar
- chili powder
- garlic powder
- onion powder
How to Make Homemade Hot Dog Chili
Brown ground beef in a large saucepan over medium heat until fully cooked. Drain thoroughly.
Stir in tomato paste, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, and yellow mustard. Add brown sugar, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine.
Add ½ cup water and simmer for about 20 minutes. Add additional water if needed to reach the right consistency.
Homemade Hot Dog Chili
- 1 pound ground beef
- ¼ cup tomato paste
- ½ cup ketchup
- 2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
- 1 Tbsp. yellow mustard
- 2 tsp. brown sugar
- 2 tsp. chili powder
- 1 tsp. garlic powder
- 1 tsp. onion powder
- ½ tsp. salt
- ¼ tsp. pepper
- ½ cup water
- Brown ground beef in a large saucepan over medium heat until fully cooked. Drain thoroughly.
- Stir in tomato paste, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, and yellow mustard.
- Add brown sugar, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine.
- Add ½ cup water and simmer for about 20 minutes.
This recipe has been updated with new images and additional tips.