My Favorite Chili Dogs Recipe
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My Favorite Chili Dogs Recipe

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The very thought of a hot dog dressed in chili makes me giddy. To get that straight-from-the-ballpark taste, I combine ketchup, mustard, chili and pepper sauce. —Patricia Pauling, Adams, New York
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 1 hr.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 1 hr.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 finely chopped small onion
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato puree
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped green pepper
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 1 teaspoon onion salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 8 hot dogs
  • 1 package (12 ounces) hot dog buns, split
  • Finely chopped red onion
  • Yellow mustard

Nutritional Facts

1 hot dog: 427 calories, 22g fat (9g saturated fat), 60mg cholesterol, 1195mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 3g fiber), 21g protein.


  1. In a large saucepan, cook and crumble beef over medium heat until no longer pink, 8-10 minutes; drain. Add next 10 ingredients; simmer until thickened, about 45 minutes, stirring frequently.
  2. Cook hot dogs according to package directions. Place in buns and top with chili, red onion and yellow mustard. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as My Favorite Chili Dogs in Taste of Home June/July 2016, p11

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ShannonMLeger User ID: 4216848 253012
Reviewed Aug. 22, 2016

"My family and I loved these! Easy to make and delicious. The chili was t spicy but a bit sweet, yum! My only complaint was that the sauce was a bit watery/runny. Next time we I'll add half the amount of water called for."

aug2295 User ID: 4631582 252103
Reviewed Aug. 1, 2016

"So much fun to make! The kids enjoyed making the easy chili and grilling the dogs. I added black beans, and a can of green Chiles to the meat. Yum!"

april21993 User ID: 4559439 250149
Reviewed Jul. 6, 2016

"The chili tastes more like sloppy joes and much too acidic. Disappointing..."

Kdmo User ID: 7823541 249262
Reviewed Jun. 9, 2016

"This chili is not good at all! It is vinegary and tasteless! So disappointed! I guess chili is different in Texas than it is in New York."

JMartinelli13 User ID: 92779 248967
Reviewed Jun. 2, 2016

"I made no changes to the chili itself, but I did forgot to line the insides of the roll with mustard, will have to remember that for next time. My guys aren't into chili, and I'd considered reducing the recipe, but I'm glad I didn't. I froze the remaining chili in single person portions."

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