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Hot Dog Chili

Hot Dog Chili is the perfect topping for your grilled hot dogs at your next cookout. Also goes great on burgers!

Two hot dogs topped with chili and onion.

This chili is easy to make and tastes so much better than canned chili.

How To Serve Hot Dog Chili

I love a Chili Slaw Dog so I add a scoop of Buttermilk Coleslaw to my chili dogs. I also like to add a little ketchup and mustard and some finely diced onion. Some people like to add shredded cheddar cheese instead of coleslaw. For some heat, top with pickled jalapeno slices.

Hot Dog Chili in a pot.

How To Get Ground Beef Finely Broken Up

An easy trick to getting the beef in really small pieces is to boil it in water. Warning– It will smell very unpleasant but really does the trick.

Fine Texture

This chili is plenty meaty with no beans. The ground beef is broken into very small pieces in Hot Dog Chili, making it easy to eat on a hot dog.

Bowl full of chili for hot dogs.


Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 4 to 5 days or freeze for up to 2 months. You can easily double or triple the recipe to make a big batch.

Touch Of Sweetness

My Hot Dog Chili has a touch of sweetness from brown sugar. You can leave the sugar out if you wish but typically chili for hot dogs has some sweetenss to it.

Make It Spicy

I typically don’t add any heat to the chili I put on hot dogs. This chili is flavored with chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, and a little oregano. You can add a pinch or two of cayenne pepper if you want it spicy.

Great Sides For Hot Dogs

Hot Dogs topped with Hot Dog Chili.

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Hot Dog Chili

Hot Dog Chili is the perfect topping for your grilled hot dogs at your next cookout. Also goes great on burgers!
PREP: 15 minutes
COOK: 42 minutes


  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup beef broth


  • Place a lightly greased Dutch oven over medium heat. Add ground beef and cover with about 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil, breaking it up with a wooden spoon.
    Boil for about 20 minutes. Drain off any grease/ water.
  • Place back over medium heat and add onion, chili powder, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, salt and oregano.
  • Cook for 2 minutes. Add ketchup, tomato paste and beef broth. Simmer for 20 minutes. Add some water if it gets too thick.


This chili has some sweetness to it. Cut the sugar in half for less sweetness.
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: ground beef

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1 thought on “Hot Dog Chili”

  1. very tasty, great with or without the sweetness, on hotdogs, standalone spicy chili. we loved this versatile chili and is now a keeper.

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