Cincinnati Chili Dogs Recipe
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Cincinnati Chili Dogs Recipe

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My in-laws are from Ohio, so we have Cincinnati chili at many of our family gatherings. I spiced up this family classic with cinnamon and cocoa powder and ladled it over hot dogs. It's perfect for game day, tailgates and potlucks. —Jennifer Gilbert, Brighton, MI
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 4 hours
MAKES:10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 4 hours
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 small yellow onions, chopped and divided
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) tomato sauce
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 10 hot dogs
  • 10 hot dog buns, split
  • Shredded cheddar cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 chili dog: 419 calories, 24g fat (9g saturated fat), 67mg cholesterol, 1135mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 3g fiber), 23g protein.


  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook and stir ground beef, crumbling meat, until no longer pink; drain.
  2. In a 3-qt. slow cooker, combine beef with one chopped onion; add next eight ingredients. Cook, covered, on low about 2 hours; add hot dogs. Continue cooking, covered, on low until heated through, about 2 hours longer.
  3. Serve on buns; top with shredded cheese and remaining chopped onion. Yield: 10 servings.
Originally published as Cincinnati Chili Dogs in Taste of Home February/March 2017

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vewebber58 User ID: 998755 264253
Reviewed Apr. 3, 2017

"We made these as a special treat for the opening of the baseball season and they were a big hit! I followed the recipe as written......made the whole amount of chili using only five hot dogs, thinking we could use the rest for five-way chili the next day, but there was none left! Will definitely make again, and wouldn't change anything."

AllisonO User ID: 7446023 261151
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2017

"A great twist on the usual chili dog! My family really enjoyed this recipe. The addition of cinnamon and cocoa powder gave this dish an incredible flavor. I didn't even miss the spiciness of our normal chili recipe! (It's mild enough for kids who may not like some traditional chili recipes.) It comes together quickly with on-hand ingredients. I made it on the stove top instead of the crock pot and it worked beautifully. Two thumbs up!"

jetluvs2cook User ID: 1675049 261006
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2017

"Very good chili dogs!! I added extra chili powder and some cayenne to give it an extra kick!!"

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