Carolina-Style Slaw Dogs

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Carolina-Style Slaw Dogs are topped with mustard, homemade chili, and a cool and creamy coleslaw. This is probably the most popular way to top hot dogs in the Carolinas and it happens to be my favorite.

Southern-Style Slaw Dogs with mustard and homemade chili.


I love the sweetness and crunch of the coleslaw in contrast to the slight spiciness of the chili and mustard

Carolina-Style Slaw Dogs with mustard and homemade chili.

These Southern Slaw Dogs are totally suitable for summer cookouts and they are always popular for the 4th of July. The chili can be made ahead of time, as can the coleslaw. Just a few minutes on the grill for the hot dogs and you have a filling meal that can feed a crowd!

Carolina-Style Slaw Dogs with mustard and homemade chili.

The ground beef for chili slaw dogs is usually very finely ground. I can never get it that way by breaking it up with a wooden spoon as it cooks or by taking a potato masher to it. One day it dawned on me to just put the chili in a food processor and pulse it a few times. Works like a charm.

Only then you have to clean the food processor. ย ๐Ÿ™

Carolina-Style Slaw Dogs with mustard and homemade chili.

You can use shredded coleslaw mix, but my store has a chopped coleslaw mix that I like to use. The cabbage is finely chopped and it works really well on a hot dog. Of course you could also use fresh cabbage instead of packaged.

Carolina-Style Slaw Dogs with mustard and homemade chili.

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Southern-Style Slaw Dogs with mustard and homemade chili.

Chili Slaw Dogs

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Southern
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 515kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Carolina-Style Slaw Dogs are topped with mustard, homemade chili, and a cool and creamy coleslaw. This is probably the most popular way to top hot dogs in the Carolinas and it happens to be my favorite.
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  • 1 (16-ounce) package coleslaw mix
  • 2/3 cup mayo
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Hot Dogs

  • 1 package hot dogs
  • 1 package hot dog buns
  • mustard


  • In a medium bowl, combine coleslaw mix, mayonnaise, sugar, and apple cider vinegar. Refrigerate until needed.
  • In a large nonstick pan cook the ground beef and onion until ground beef is no longer pink. Crumble the meat with a wooden spoon as it cooks. Spoon off any excess fat/liquid.
  • Add remaining chili ingredients and cook for about 20 minutes. If chili gets too thick, you can add more water. Let cool slightly and place in a food processor. Pulse 4 to 5 times to finely ground the beef. (Note: This is optional.)
  • Heat grill and grill hot dogs until grill marks form on all sides.
  • To serve, place hot dogs in buns. Top with mustard, chili, and slaw.


Calories: 515kcal

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29 thoughts on “Carolina-Style Slaw Dogs

  1. My husband and I are from Georgia and this is pretty much the same way we make our hot dogs. The only difference is we open the steamed bun, chop up two hot dogs and place over the bun, top with mustard, chili, chopped onions, small oyster crackers, coleslaw (in that order) and eat it with a fork … we call it a “Scramble Dog!” I especially love your coleslaw recipe, it’s simple and tastes so good. We just cut down a bit on the sugar! Love all of your recipes, thank you so much for sharing.

    1. Growing up in Georgia scrambled dogs were the best. We did put all the ingredients in and then pour chili over it. What a great idea to put the chile in the blender โ€œGenius โ€œ.

  2. If I want a really fine grind on ground beef I put it raw in a bowl with water and just mash with my fingers. Itโ€™s perfect.

    For coleslaw I use a box grater on the larger side. Perfect consistency.

    I share this as part of my trial and error and being 100% satisfied with the results. I hope you can try it!

  3. Cant beat hot dogs front NC. especially from my home town of lexington. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

  4. Nixon’s Cole slaw, Patterson Chili, both NC products work great for off the shelf Carolina hot dogs. Add mustard, Texas Pete for desired heat, good to go.

  5. A delicious hotdog. We loved the chili!! It will be my go to recipe from now on. A batch is cooking on the stove now for our camping trip this weekend. I’ll freeze leftovers for next time. Everything blends together for a delicious bite. Thanks so much for sharing!!

  6. Thank you for taking me back home. I am from Cumberland County, NC and these dogs are famous there. The only thing I would suggest is some added chopped onion (alway served under the chili and slaw) and the hot dogs are boiled and the buns steamed. Then the whole thing in wrapped in a paper or foil square so it continues steaming. Nothing better unless it’s a barbeque sandwich with slaw from the same area.

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    1. Omggggggg!!! I just tried this recipe and loveeeee it. I saw someone post a picture of it on Facebook and I just said that I HAVE to try it. I ran out of ketchup and had to make my own. I thought it would ruin the chili but it didnโ€™t. My boyfriend is here eating everything else but the hot dog itself smh lol. Overall everything was great.

  8. Christin, to get my chili in small enough bits, I add about a cup of water to the mixture, then use a potato masher to mix it all up. You want it soupy enough to get small bits of hamburger, then let it cook down the liquid, which also melds the flavors really well. Just another way to do it without messing up too many appliances, plus it tastes great.

    Denver, NC

  9. I am in the process of moving to North Carolina (from Florida), so when I saw your Carolina dogs, naturally my eye balls got a little bigger! ๐Ÿ˜€ I’ve had a Carolina dog before, but the one I had was not half as delectable as yours right here! These look scrumptious and I’m thinking I just might HAVE to make these at our house warming BBQ shindig! Thanks for the great idea and for sharing the yum!!! โ™ก Cheers!

  10. These hotdogs look so fun! I’m usually not one for hotdogs unless they are all dolled up like this one. Camden Yards sells a Crab Mac and Cheese hot dog which is my favorite. I think this would give it a run for it’s money though!

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