Hot dog chili is the quintessential topping for the classic chili dog, and it is quick and easy to prepare in your own kitchen!
Apple pie, baseball, Chevrolet, and chili dogs. It doesn’t get much more Americana than this recipe. We’ve all enjoyed a deliciously messy chili dog growing up, but re-living the classic taste in your own kitchen is likely easier than you imagined.
Hot Dog Chili
Used to craft the classic chili dog, hot dog chili is a cross between the flavors found in a traditional homemade chili and the texture of sloppy joes. This meaty chili is loaded with ground beef and seasonings, sans any chunky vegetables, and can be enjoyed on its own or to crown chili dogs.
How to Make Hot Dog Chili
Hot dog chili is much quicker and easier to make than traditional chili recipes. There aren’t any vegetables to prep, which is a big time saver, and it doesn’t need to simmer long. You only need to simmer it to thicken it slightly to your desired consistency.
Make this chili by browning lean hamburger in a medium pot (affiliate link), breaking it apart as it cooks. I prefer to use 90/10 beef so the chili isn’t greasy. Once browned, garlic and seasonings can be added, followed by all the remaining ingredients for the sauce. Let it simmer for 15 minutes to thicken slightly then serve.
How to Store Hot Dog Chili
Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week or can be frozen instead. The chili thickens as it sits, so if you want to return it to its saucey state when re-served just stir a very small amount of water into it to thin it out slightly.
Toppings for Chili Dogs
Hot dog chili is a nonnegotiable topping when crafting chili dogs, but there are additional toppings you can include as well. Pick and choose any of the following toppings to fit your tastes. You are only limited by your creativity:
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Hot Dog Chili
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 tablespoon chili seasoning
- 1/2 cup beef broth
- 1/2 cup tomato sauce
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon brown sugar
- Add ground beef to a medium pot or large saucepan and brown over medium heat. Once browned, add garlic and cook an additional 2 minutes. Sprinkle in chili seasoning and stir to distribute evenly.
- Add all remaining ingredients to the pot and stir to combine. Bring to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes, or until thickened to your liking.
- Serve immediately.
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