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Chili Cheese Dog Casserole Recipe

Chili Cheese Dog Casserole Recipe

Kids and dads alike will dive right into this hearty, comforting dish. With a crispy cheese topping on a warm corn bread crust, this recipe is a keeper. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min. YIELD:6 servings


  • 1 package (8-1/2 ounces) corn bread/muffin mix
  • 1 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 package (1 pound) hot dogs, halved lengthwise and cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 can (15 ounces) chili with beans
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided


  • 1. Prepare corn bread batter according to package directions. Spread half the batter into a greased 8-in. square baking dish; set aside.
  • 2. In a large skillet, saute the green pepper, onion and celery in oil until crisp-tender. Stir in hot dogs; saute 3-4 minutes longer or until lightly browned. Stir in the chili, brown sugar, garlic powder and chili powder; heat through. Stir in 3/4 cup cheese.
  • 3. Spoon over corn bread batter; top with remaining corn bread batter. Sprinkle remaining cheese over the top.
  • 4. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 28-32 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 615 calories, 37g fat (16g saturated fat), 115mg cholesterol, 1585mg sodium, 49g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 4g fiber), 22g protein.

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PrplMonky5 User ID: 6612040 247413
Reviewed Apr. 23, 2016

"I made this EXACTLY as is, and I thought it was pretty tasty!!! There actually was one tiny discrepancy, that I didn't have a full pound of hot dogs. I used Wolf brand chili, but next time I'll try the hot dog chili instead, just to see how it tastes. I didn't have the problem others stated about the corn bread being dry. I put mine in for 25 minutes and it was perfect when it came out. The crust was the right amount of crunch and the inside was moist but not mushy. I also did NOT think the brown sugar tasted weird. Next time I'll try the mustard suggestion others mentioned, again, just to see how it tastes (not because this tasted bad, but only to experiment). I didn't cut back on the veggies either because I like to think it added a healthy benefit to an otherwise quite unhealthy dish. I'd definitely try this again."

[email protected] User ID: 1665956 245897
Reviewed Mar. 23, 2016

"My family LOVED this! I did omit the green peppers and celery, since we aren't fond of them, and I also did not use any brown sugar. I did also double the corn muffin mix, and the cans of chili. The cornbread was sweet enough for the recipe. I usually ask 2 questions, "How do you like it?" and "Would you want me to make this again?" My husband answered the questions before I could even ask, and my husband and daughter both had 2 servings of this! I also made this in an extra large pie plate, and no cornbread on top, just for the crust. I did also pre bake the crust while I was preparing the rest of the ingredients, and it wasn't soggy at all! My husband did suggest using smokie links next time, just to see how that would taste."

MurphyNJ User ID: 7103738 242163
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2016

"Very good supper for a chilly January evening. I'll make it again - maybe with mustard this time."

triciaforbes User ID: 8234394 232275
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2015

"My husband and I loved it"

foodlover00 User ID: 8440780 229126
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2015

"I hate to make a recipe creater feel bad, but this was awful. I kind of knew ahead of time I wouldn't like it, but I thought my husband and 3 boys might. Not so much. They all just picked at it. It tastes exactly as it sounds; hot dogs, a can of chili, and a package of corn bread mix. I had high hopes as it was simple, and easy to make, but alas...not a hit for my family."

dschultz01 User ID: 1076910 223982
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2015

"This was pretty good. I like the idea of adding mustard to it, and I would probably omit the celery and green pepper next time."

plmanning User ID: 8151731 222425
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2015

"This is a good base for a hot dog casserole. I haven't made it yet, but after reading the most recent few reviews, I'd like to offer a few suggestions that might make it more moist and tasty. Because the casserole needs to bake a little longer than the cornbread by itself, adding a little sour cream or cream corn to the batter will help. You can also add grated cheddar, green chilies, dash of hot sauce, and/or seasonings for flavor. I'll either use chili withOUT beans or add a small can of hot dog chili sauce to bean chili for a more gravy-like consistency. No onions, celery, or peppers for my guys, just some spices. And since I always put mustard on my chili dogs and don't like sweetness in my savory dishes, I will replace the brown sugar with yellow or Dijon mustard. And I will bake at 325 for 30-32 minutes."

Martinfamily513 User ID: 8132651 104631
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2014

"Simply delish! My family likes cornbread served on the side! Cook up the rest in a skillet on the stove! Works great! Not so dry this way."

susanaustin-fleck User ID: 1582108 183204
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2014

"One of my husband's and my dad's favorites."

mother of 3 User ID: 1726536 181474
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2014 Edited Nov. 22, 2016

"Wonderful! A bit too dry; my oven bakes hot, so try baking at 340 degrees for 28 minutes, or add a little beef broth to the chili. I skipped the veggies for fussy hubby. I used Trader Joe's cornbread mix, their beef chili & uncured beef franks, also 1 1/2 Tablespoons organic cane sugar. Excellent for a first try! Note to self: be sure to NOT change the ingredients as I tried Eden vegetarian chili with 8 oz. gf beef added & a half bag of Bob's Red Mill gf cornbread mix. Hubby said the cornbread wasn't sweet enough. OY !"

kdingman83 User ID: 7667206 164926
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2014

"I thought it was just okay. I used smoked sausage instead of the hotdogs. I also took the suggestion to only put 1 Tbsp of brown sugar, still plenty sweet. Maybe it was the brand of chili (Wolfe)?? I have never used that ingrediant before."

jsgoldn User ID: 6355243 143531
Reviewed Jul. 9, 2014

"Really delicious. I used a 12-oz. package of hot dogs, and it was enough. 1 tablespoon of brown sugar made it plenty sweet."

tea-talk User ID: 3784836 98492
Reviewed Jul. 23, 2013

"I put all the cornbread on the bottom, and it worked out great! Tasted very yummy, and is a great way to use leftover hotdogs from a grill out!"

kreais User ID: 2643119 183203
Reviewed Jun. 13, 2013

"We LOVED this! The 2nd time I made it I doubled everything and prepared in a 9x13 pan so we could have leftovers! We think it's fabulous!!!!"

Mkleinschmit User ID: 7171999 121404
Reviewed Jun. 4, 2013

"not the healthiest of all recipes, however it is very good! I doubled the spices, and added them while the veggies and hot dogs were cooking. Will make again"

cheezhed68 User ID: 1083106 111581
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2013

"Made this just as written. It was great!"

disneydiva198 User ID: 6459014 181446
Reviewed Mar. 14, 2013

"This will be a new one for my family. I took out bell peppers, put all of cron bread on the bottom. Still tasted great. Had enough for lunch leftover for the next day."

disneydiva198 User ID: 6459014 178968
Reviewed Mar. 14, 2013

"Tried this last night. Was so easy and simple. I did remove the bell pepper, due to allergies. I also put all of the cron bread mix on the bottom. Tuned out Great! This will be on our family menu!"

GeminiGirl62 User ID: 6320129 181386
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2013

"This recipe sounds good. I plan to make this as per the recipe; then make changes, if necessary. I'm not sure about the brown sugar though. Thank you for sharing recipe."

Amejo User ID: 3832172 111579
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2013

"Simple and tasty"

niagaracat User ID: 3122379 113474
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2013

"I made my own cornbread mix for this. The only thing I will make sure to do next time if to put more batter on the bottom as my top didn't quite cook in the middle. Great way of stretching a pound of hotdogs, warms up great."

brittnipapke User ID: 7081888 179488
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2013

"Not bad. Unique recipe. I however, did not have the correct pan which made this a little difficult. Turned out alright though."

linsvin User ID: 1584655 179487
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2013

"I actually doubled this recipe also to fit in a 13x9 pan. Used 3 boxes of corn muffin mix. Turned out delicious but took a lot longer than 20 minutes to prep."

shiny0torchic User ID: 6958458 166772
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2012

"I made some changes to this recipe. I used an entire onion, three cans of chili, two boxes of corn muffin mix (next time I'll probably use three or four), and a pound and a half of hotdogs. I ended up making one large casserole that my family ate tonight and will have for leftovers, and then a smaller casserole that I'm going to try freezing. It was a totally simple dish and I'm going to write it down in my recipe book so that my family can eat it for years to come."

tmmichal User ID: 3746220 98491
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2012

"Even my pickiest eater liked this one. I will definitely make this again."

404lena1 User ID: 6955912 113470
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2012

"This is one of my favs, and I make alot of casseroles! I substituted with turkey hot dogs and chili and used 1 1/2 boxes cornbread mix. I deleted the celery, used minced garlic and butter with the oil, and added cayenne, serrano, and jalapeno peppers to the muffin mix. Sweet and spicy! Yummy"

moc2948 User ID: 4901415 97389
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2012

"Only 3 out of 7 said yes. I'll try it again in about a month. We like sweets & all being tall & thin are not afraid of calories but I think next time I'll nix the brown sugar & probably add some corn. Maybe because all I had was the dark brown sugar. We'll see next time."

suebbarrel User ID: 3640474 210602
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2012

"My husband and son loved this. I made it exactly like recipe. This is a keeper"

sam28 User ID: 2843136 180850
Reviewed May. 30, 2012

"YUM YUM YUM!!! It's REALLY tricky to find stuff EVERYONE will eat. This is one of the few and far between. There are lots of ways to lighten it up if you want...I'm not one to pick apart recipes though. Just throwing the thought out there for the people who want to complain about calories. :) Very easy and even better with a little jalapeno...mmm"

Xena7751 User ID: 5742608 162924
Reviewed May. 26, 2012

"Very good. I left out the green pepper, not a fan. Otherwise I left as is and it was really good."

mariah3 User ID: 4647974 97363
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2012

"This was an easy delicious recipe, I used turkey sausage, added jalepeno peppers to the cornbread and added a little taco and chili mix."

perfect4u1983 User ID: 6499746 121401
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2012

"with SOOOO many calories, I would make a few suggestions: we love the fat free vegetarian chili. You cannot tell the difference! I would probably use a higher grade sausage if I wasn't catering to kids, otherwise fat free beef hot dogs work just fine."

Charlene Smith User ID: 4153200 166759
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2012

"A great weeknight quick fix dinner. My grandson does not like beans so I used canned hot dog chili ... it was delicious! We will definately have this one again and again!"

Angela0614 User ID: 4086288 97362
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2012

"If you want a quick and simple dinner, this is great. What's nice about this recipe is that you can alter it to your liking. Budget friendly & tastes good the next day."

roxycrochets User ID: 3674843 179486
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2012

"i haven't tried this version yet but make one something like hot dogs and baked beans with corn bread on top got it from a kids cookbook"

BandMom43 User ID: 3334750 104630
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2011

"I reduced the green pepper by half and used my own leftover chili. This was really good and well received by my family."

jl_calkins User ID: 2113815 98484
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2011

"I made this for my husband, 2 kids, and I. I omitted the celery. I liked the corn bread crust with the cheese, it was very crisy and tasty, but no one else cared for it. The filling wasn't as good as I thought it would be. It was very simple to make, but I won't be making this again."

dustinslove User ID: 6226516 143530
Reviewed Sep. 25, 2011

"I thought it turned out really well. I didn't use the green pepper and it was still really good. My husband Loved it and my 3 year old loved that it had hot dog's in it so was happy to try it, and even ate a little bit."

sam52687 User ID: 5814580 162922
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2011

"Made this recipe and as I was taking it out of the oven dropped the whole casserole dish on the ground:(...All I can rate is that it SMELLED amazing, I am definately going to try it again, But I will use 2 boxes of cornbread I am sure of that. Will rate it again once I actually TRY IT! :)"

cbye User ID: 3280752 111572
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2011

"I left out the hot dogs, added corn and extra beans for protein. I also added more green pepper, celery and one jalapeno pepper. It was AWESOME! A deep dish pie plate worked perfectly."

barbtay User ID: 3313394 183200
Reviewed Jun. 15, 2011

"We loved was easy to make and was wonderful! My husband asked for the leftovers the next day at lunchtime. I think it would be good too if I used Smoked Sausage or Kielbasa instead of the hot dogs

But I recommend this as a good, quick dinner. I will definitely make it again!"

3girls4boys User ID: 5923510 162921
Reviewed Jun. 10, 2011

"Everyone loved the dish, but we thought of a few changes that would make it better. The Cornbread made the casserole a little too sweet, along with the canned chili (which is usually a little on the sweeter side). Instead of cornbread, the next time we will make this, we will be trying refridgerated crescent rolls on top to substitute for the cornbread. Not sure if we will be putting anything on the bottom yet, but the 10 year old suggests we do the crescent rolls on top for sure! Definitely make this recipe again and again, is sure to be a family favorite!"

candymae User ID: 5714345 179484
Reviewed May. 22, 2011

"i havent made this before but use remaining cornbread batter overtop of dish, lady said she didnt know what to do with it"

pizza lady User ID: 184850 180848
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2011

"My husband really liked it but I am not a fan of chili dogs so I probably won't make it again. Plus there is a lot of chopping so it is not something you would throw together on a weeknight."

qtpie_4_u1 User ID: 3865633 162919
Reviewed Apr. 2, 2011

"I make this often, great meal, family loves it"

slug9000 User ID: 3827284 113469
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2011

"I absolutely loved this dish. This will DEFINITELY make it into my regular meal rotation. I used soy dogs and vegetarian baked beans instead of chili to make it a meatless entree. It was SO good that my boyfriend and I polished off the whole pan in one sitting! Whoops!!! I can't wait to make it again - and I am going to recommend it to everyone!"

Flenner User ID: 2160342 113467
Reviewed Mar. 12, 2011

"this is an ok recipe, but next time I would omit or reduce the brown sugar. I doubled the recipe for 4 adults except for the hot dogs, as I felt an 8 inch casserole was not enough. I served it with cole slaw."

Mandy8 User ID: 5738828 164924
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2011

"I made this last night but made my own chili and cornbread and it was fantastic. Even my 18 month old daughter loved it!"

TerrilynnD User ID: 5745791 98481
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2011

"Never mind! Found it! sorry"

TerrilynnD User ID: 5745791 181385
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2011

"Maybe I am blind but it doesn't tell you what to do with the other half of the corn bread batter."

rufers54 User ID: 3395192 210601
Reviewed Nov. 19, 2010

"Serve with ketchup. Very good. Everybody wanted more!"

pammywammy User ID: 468245 181362
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2010

"My son and I both loved this recipe. I had made something similar with chili and cornbread, but could not find the recipe. What better way to easily put the 2 together. You don't even have to add the hot dogs."

ezondii User ID: 1189790 181359
Reviewed Aug. 21, 2010

"Great way to use up barbecued hot dogs. I microwave the veggies and throw it all together, done in no time and very good."

ash_hering User ID: 5260912 113466
Reviewed Jul. 29, 2010

"Add 1cp of salsa and 1tsp of Mrs. Dash Spicy to it and you have an awesome dish!"

jbuchholtz User ID: 1928804 180846
Reviewed Jul. 22, 2010

"Why are people questioning why this recipe was in the email? The email said easy slow cooker and casserole recipes."

carmarie User ID: 5059811 183198
Reviewed Jul. 13, 2010

"If some people would read the top of the newsletter, you will see that it's slow cooker AND casseroles. That would be why there's non-slow cooker recipes."

Bunsie User ID: 21931 104628
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2010

"I haven't made it, but why is it in a crockpot recipe email? I am not finding very many that are crockpot recipes......"

1eeyoreluver User ID: 4179254 164922
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2010

"This recipe sounds amazing with 1 slight problem. I couldn't get anyone to touch it with the corn bread so I was wondering if I could use equal amounts of Bisquick? I was also a bit curious if the bottom actually gets cooked liked this or would it be good to blind bake it for a short bit 1st? Thnx so much!"

Leecamp User ID: 169930 113465
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2010

"Why are there so many non-slow cooker recipes in this e-mail?"

ewunia11 User ID: 3863274 97354
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2010

"My husband and I love it, but our 3 year old daughter doesn’t.

I use two pkg. corn bread 6.5 oz each and ¼ tsp. chili powder"

Lisateachs2 User ID: 1420750 210600
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2009

"Kids and adults alike enjoyed this bake! I used cocktail weinies instead of regular dogs, and just cut them in half."

tnb0578 User ID: 4331541 178967
Reviewed Aug. 9, 2009

"My family loves this recipe. We omit the chili powder and use two packages of corn bread mix."

kristinmh User ID: 1711502 183197
Reviewed Jul. 29, 2009

"I also added corn. Yum! For most Tex-Mex fans, this is NOT hot or even close. If you want a kick, double or triple the chili powder. This is really calorically dense meal, but it is awesome comfort food!"

Bitterrootlady User ID: 3007591 181357
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2009

"This casserole is great! I added a small can of corn(drained) will definately make this again!


tommypoo User ID: 1263135 121328
Reviewed May. 6, 2009

"I am so glad I tryed this recipe. Everyone loved it!"

ktanchor User ID: 3918364 121327
Reviewed Apr. 9, 2009

"Not bad - definitely unusual. I would omit the chili powder if you are at all sensitive to spice."

imluckykj User ID: 4032020 180913
Reviewed Mar. 26, 2009

"Pretty good. My husband really liked it. I thought it could have used more chili. It was kind of dry. Also, I wish I had left out the brown sugar. It made it too sweet."

mdsutton1 User ID: 3540984 179483
Reviewed Mar. 23, 2009

"I love this recipe! I omitted the cheese and substituted the hot dogs for the 1 lb. of lean ground beef. YUM!"

Sniegy User ID: 3225323 164919
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2009

"We absolutely loved it. Very tasty."

mking User ID: 577979 166756
Reviewed Mar. 12, 2009

"I added another can of chili and put slaw on top of each serving. Delicious!"

Essheep User ID: 3316045 183195
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2009

"turn to mush*"

Essheep User ID: 3316045 210599
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2009

"This was delicious! I used chili without beans because no one in my house (besides myself) likes beans and it was still very good. It was moist and had great texture. Make sure you don't over cook the veggies in the first step or they'll turn to much.

Lots of Love,

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