These Chili Dogs are loaded with double cheese, homemade chili and baked in the oven for extra deliciousness!
Homemade Chili Cheese Dogs
Unfortunately here in the UK getting your hands on a decent chili dog is depressingly difficult. At a BBQ you’ll get a hot dog, a bun, some ketchup/mustard and that’s your lot. After a few trips to the US, and a lot of chili cheese dogs down, I’ve taken it upon myself to create the ultimate homemade chili cheese dog.
Like all things on this blog, this recipe is utterly OTT, but mouthwatering never-the-less. Think classic chili dog, just bigger, bolder, more calories and (dare I say) more delicious 😋
At it’s absolute basic all you need is hot dogs, hot dog buns, chili and cheese. Here I offer a little something extra. Follow me…
I highly recommend whipping up a batch of homemade chili. Makes all the difference. PLUS it’s too easy not to.
This chili is very similar to my homemade chilli con carne, just slightly adapted for convenience, for example no red wine. I draw the line at making chili dogs so gourmet they need red wine 😂 Here’s a couple of tips for the chili:
- Stock – I recommend doubling up on the stock cubes, just for a deeper flavour. If you’re using ready made stock consider adding a Bouillon cube.
- Beef – Go for beef around 10-12% fat. That way you’ve got a bit of the fatty flavour, but not so much it makes the chili oily.
- Time – Allow the chili to simmer for at least 45mins to tenderise the beef and develop flavours. You can simmer even longer, which will make a difference, just pop the lid of so it doesn’t reduce too much.
Can I make this ahead of time?
Yup! Perfect to make in advance. Just cool, cover and store in the fridge until needed or FREEZE and thaw in the fridge when needed.
How to make Chili for Cheese Dogs (quick summary)
- Fry red pepper, onion & garlic.
- Add in beef and brown.
- Stir in tomato puree.
- Add beef stock, chopped tomatoes, Worcestershire sauce and beans.
- Add spices & seasoning.
- Simmer until thickened.
Baked Chili Cheese Dogs
I mean realistically yes, you could just plonk the chili on top and be done with it, but who can resist the ooey gooey cheese once they’re baked in the oven?!
I highly recommend toasting the buns before you start stacking them up. This will help keep them from going too soggy and collapsing in the oven. You can do this either on a scorching hot (dry) griddle pan, under the grill or on the BBQ.
Sure, cheese on top is great, but a pinch of cheese underneath the hot dog also works wonders 😏I usually go for cheddar but you can use any cheese your heart desires. Monterey Jack and Mexican Cheese Blend both work great.
Top Tip – Load the cheese and chili on the hot dog once they’re in the oven tray, just to reduce mess. You can go a little more haywire once they’re in there as well!
Serving Chili Cheese Dogs
Look, chili cheese dogs aren’t the most glamorous things to eat at the best of times, but these are particularly intense 🤣
Chili Cheese Dog Toppings
My favourites, which absolutely take these chili dogs to the next level, are fresh jalapeño slices, crispy bacon and crispy fried onion. A lot of other recipes add things such as ketchup, mustard and/or relish, usually underneath the hot dog. But I find this distracting and unnecessary. Each to their own though!
What goes with chili cheese dogs?
Honestly? These are pretty hearty by themselves. But if you fancy a little something to go along side consider any of these:
And there we have it! The most delicious chili dogs imaginable (I mean, if I do say so myself 😁)
If you’re looking for similar crazy comfort food/American style recipes then give these a ganders too!
Alrighty, let’s tuck into the full recipe for these chili cheese dogs shall we?!
How to make Chili Cheese Dogs (Full Recipe & Video)
Large Pan & Wooden Spoon
11″ x 14″ Deep Baking Tray (or similar size)
Sharp Knife & Chopping Board
Jug (for stock)
Colander/Sieve (for draining beans)
Griddle Pan (for toasting buns – optional)
- 1lb / 500g Ground Beef (preferably 10-12% fat)
- 1 cup / 250ml Beef Stock (see notes)
- 1x 14oz/400g can of Kidney Beans, drained
- 1x 14oz/400g can of Chopped Tomatoes
- 1 medium Red Pepper, finely diced
- 1 medium White Onion, finely diced
- 2 cloves of Garlic, minced/finely diced
- 1.5 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
- 1 heaped tbsp Tomato Puree (Tomato Paste in US)
- 1 tbsp EACH: Paprika, Cumin, Chili Powder (or to spice preference)
- 1 tsp Sugar, or to taste
- 1/2 tsp EACH: Oregano, Ground Coriander, Salt
- 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
- Olive Oil, as needed
- 6 Hot Dogs
- 6 Hot Dog Buns
- 2.5 – 3 cups / 250g – 300g Cheese, grated (here I use Cheddar, Monterey Jack & Mexican Cheese Blend also work great)
- Fresh Jalapeño, finely sliced (deseeded if preferred)
- Crispy Bacon
- Crispy Fried Onion (can sub finely diced Red Onion)
In a large pan heat up a drizzle of olive oil over medium heat and add your red pepper and onion. Begin to fry until they begin to soft/brown, then add garlic and fry for 1-2mins longer.
Add in beef, break up with a wooden spoon and fry until it’s almost fully brown. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper, then continue frying until fully brown. Stir in 1 heaped tbsp tomato puree, then pour in 1cup/250ml beef stock, 1.5 tbsp Worcestershire sauce, chopped tomatoes and drained kidney beans.
Add 1 tbsp paprika, cumin and chili powder (or to spice preference), 1 tsp sugar (or to taste), 1/2 tsp ground coriander, oregano & salt and 1/4 tsp black pepper. Give it all a good stir then simmer on low for 45mins, or until nicely thickened, stirring occasionally.
Meanwhile, slice open your hot dog buns and toast either on a smoking hot (dry) griddle pan, under the grill or on the BBQ until lightly charred. Add in a pinch of cheese, then place the hot dog on top.
Place into a large deep baking dish and divide chili among hot dogs. Sprinkle over the remainder of your cheese then place in the oven at 390F/200C for 15-20mins, or until the cheese crispy/gooey on top.
Serve with jalapeños slices, crispy bacon and crispy onion (or diced red onion). Enjoy!
Chili Cheese Dogs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 624 Calories from Fat 363
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 17.032g85%
Trans Fat 0.901g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3.201g
Monounsaturated Fat 15.937g
Vitamin A 2152IU43%
Vitamin C 32mg39%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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