Hot Dog Chili

There are many ways to make hot dog chili. Usually, the ingredients are ground beef, onions, garlic, tomatoes, cumin, pepper, salt, and beans. However, not all of these ingredients are necessary for an excellent hot dog chili.

Some people include beans in their recipe, while others don’t. Some people use tomatoes, while others use tomato paste or tomato sauce. Some people like their hot dog chili spicy, while others prefer it mild.

The one thing they have in common is that they all use hot dogs as the main ingredient.


For the chili:

  • 1 1/2 cups (375 mL) minced onions
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) super-thinly sliced celery
  • 1/4 cup (65 mL) butter
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • 3 1/2 cups (875 mL) tomato sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar

For the hot dogs:

  • 1 package of sausages (12)
  • 1 package of buns (12)
  • Shredded Monterrey Jack cheese


  1. In a saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Then add celery and onions and cook until tender (about 3-5 minutes). 
  2. In another pan, brown the ground meat, then remove from heat and trim off excess fat. 
  3. Move all ingredients to a casserole dish and simmer for 1 hour. Or, move all ingredients to slow cooker and cook on LOW for 4 hours. 
  4. Put the sausage in the bread. Add a layer of chili and cheese. Broil until cheese is melted and the hot dog is hot. Repeat for each hot dog. 
  5. Serve!  


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