Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Chili Cheese Dogs

chili cheese dog recipe

There are a few more recipes to share from the Foodbuzz 24x24: Playoff Hockey Party.  At this rate, the playoffs may be over by the time I get them all to you!  Are you watching the NHL playoffs at all? Or maybe the NBA playoffs? Or could you care less about sports?  Well, whether you are a sports fan or not, I think we can all appreciate a good chili cheese dog (okay maybe not the vegetarians).  These chili cheese dogs are quite delicious.  And can you believe that they were the first chili dogs that I had ever had??  I think I'm hooked.  The chili was awesome; it was just meat, no beans, and slightly sweet from the honey.  I only wish that I had a BBQ to grill the dogs!  Thanks to my hand model!  Soon I will bring you homemade ketchup and relish recipes, in case you don't love chili dogs.

Chili Cheese Dogs

1/2 pound bacon, cut into small pieces
1 large onion, chopped
2 pounds ground beef
4 chopped garlic cloves
16 ounce can of tomato sauce
1 cup beef broth
2 tablespoons molasses or honey
2 tablespoons sweet paprika
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cayenne
As many hot dogs as you have people to serve
Buns for the hot dogs
Chopped red onion, for garnish (we didn't use red onions)
Shredded cheddar (or jack) cheese, for garnish

Make the chili first. Fry the bacon over medium heat until it begins to get crispy, then add the chopped onions and fry over high heat, stirring often, until they begin to brown. Add in the ground beef and stir in well. Cook this, still over high heat and stirring occasionally, until the beef is browned. This will take a few minutes. When the beef is about halfway browned, toss in the chopped garlic and mix well.

Once the beef is well browned, add the tomato sauce, molasses and beef broth. Add all the spices except the cayenne and stir well. Bring to a simmer and taste. Add salt or the cayenne if it needs it. You can of course add much more cayenne or chili powder if you like things really spicy, but it’s best to taste first and then add more.

Let the chili cook on a gentle simmer for at least 30 minutes before you start grilling the hot dogs. You can cook it several hours if you want to, adding a little more beef broth here and there if the chili gets to dry.

Cook your hot dogs.  The recipe suggests that you grill your hot dogs over medium heat until they get a light char.  I boiled our hot dogs, which is kind of boring, but it's what happens without a grill and when you've never cooked a hot dog before!

Dog goes in bun, chili goes on top, sprinkle on chopped red onion and shredded cheese, and have at it!


  1. Holy crap. Sorry but seriously, holy crap. My guys jaws would drop if I made this.

  2. Ok... I have never had a chili cheese dog.... and I am seriously regretting it at this moment. That looks ridiculously AMAZING.

    1. Ah, I know! That was my first one and I was a little sad I had waited all those years before trying them!


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