Hot Dog Chili

Hot Dog Chili

Indulge in the classic American favorite with this Hot Dog Chili recipe. Perfect for topping your grilled hot dogs, this savory and slightly spicy chili adds a burst of flavor that will take your hot dog game to the next level.

Why Make This Recipe

Making your own hot dog chili allows you to control the ingredients and customize the taste to suit your preferences. Plus, it’s quick and easy to prepare, making it a convenient option for weeknight dinners or outdoor barbecues.

How to Make Hot Dog Chili


  • 1 pound lean ground beef

  • ½ cup beef broth

  • 8 ounces tomato sauce

  • ½ cup ketchup

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon cumin


  1. Add the beef and beef broth to a deep skillet over medium heat. Use a fork to break the meat into small pieces, smashing it with the fork to create a finer texture.

  2. Add the remaining ingredients to the skillet with the beef and bring to a boil.

  3. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes or until the chili has thickened to your liking.

  4. Serve the hot dog chili over grilled hot dogs.

How to Serve Hot Dog Chili

Serve this flavorful hot dog chili generously over your cooked hot dogs. Top with your favorite hot dog condiments like mustard, onions, or shredded cheese for a delicious meal.

How to Store Hot Dog Chili

Allow any leftover chili to cool completely before transferring it to an airtight container. Store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Simply reheat on the stovetop or in the microwave before serving.

Tips to Make Hot Dog Chili

  • For a spicier kick, add more chili powder or a dash of cayenne pepper.

  • Adjust the consistency of the chili by adding more beef broth if you prefer a thinner sauce.

  • To enhance the flavor, let the chili simmer for a longer time, allowing the spices to meld together.


For a turkey alternative, substitute ground turkey for the ground beef in this recipe. The chili will have a lighter taste but still pack a flavorful punch.


  1. Can I use ground chicken instead of beef? Yes, ground chicken can be used as a leaner alternative.

  2. Is it necessary to use beef broth? Beef broth adds richness, but you can use vegetable broth as a substitute.

  3. How can I make this chili vegetarian? Replace the ground beef with plant-based crumbles and use vegetable broth to make it vegetarian-friendly.

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