Chili Dogs Recipe
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Chili Dogs Recipe

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I got the recipe for the hearty sauce more than 20 years ago from an aunt who lived in Chicago. We love it at home or on a picnic.—Linda Rainey, Monahans, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 cup tomato juice
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 8 hot dogs
  • 8 hot dog buns, split
  • Chopped onion and shredded cheddar cheese, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 390 calories, 21g fat (8g saturated fat), 53mg cholesterol, 1184mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 3g fiber), 20g protein .


  1. In a large skillet, cook beef and garlic over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the tomato juice, tomato paste, chili powder, pepper sauce, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes. Keep hot until serving.
  2. Grill or broil hot dogs until heated through. Place on buns; top with chili. Sprinkle with onion and cheese if desired. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Chili Dogs in Taste of Home August/September 1995, p11

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TizTheWiz 1611
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2013

"First time making a chili dog and this recipe was both easy and delicious!!!"

sesoreerht 723
Reviewed Aug. 2, 2010

"This is close enough to my Mom's recipe to give this 5 stars. I haven't had them in a long time since I saw what all is in a hot dog and I miss them something terrible! I grew up on these. I could eat 4 of them. We didn't put cheese on ours but HAD to have onions."

judyhank 1192
Reviewed Jun. 25, 2010

"i like to eat healthy so this has to many calories and carb. for me"

Sassymissy 1499
Reviewed May. 25, 2008

"This is a little too much tomato paste for me, I cut it down to 1/2 can..Tastes much better to us."

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