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Chili Spaghetti with Hot Dogs

“I've been making this recipe for 35 years. It's one of my husband's favorite dishes. Lower-fat franks and reduced-fat cheese can be used and it's just as good.” Karen Tausend - Bridgeport, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 8 ounces uncooked spaghetti
  • 1 package (1 pound) hot dogs, sliced
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon prepared mustard
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese


  • Cook spaghetti according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, saute the hot dogs, onion and celery in oil until vegetables are tender. Add the tomato sauce, mustard, chili powder, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper; cook and stir until heated through.
  • Drain spaghetti; toss with hot dog mixture. Serve immediately, sprinkling each serving with cheese. Or cool spaghetti; transfer to freezer containers and freeze for up to 3 months.
  • To use frozen spaghetti: Thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Place in a saucepan and heat through. Sprinkle each serving with cheese.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 523 calories, 34g fat (14g saturated fat), 62mg cholesterol, 1360mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 19g protein.

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  • logansmom8
    Jul 19, 2013

    My five year old asked that I make this recipe for every meal we have for the rest of his life. While my husband and I weren't as in love with it as he was, it is going to be something that is added into our normal menu

  • dklinkow
    May 19, 2012

    This was pretty quick to cook up for lunch. It was a good for a hot dog recipe. I added a 1/4 cup of brown sugar just for kicks. I would make this again when ever I have leftover hot dogs in the package from the grill.

  • mistermooch
    Oct 26, 2011

    I thought this was just okay. However, this dish made quite the impression on my daughter and she's requested a couple of times since.

  • annakristine
    Feb 25, 2011

    This meal might not please a wide variety of tastes, but it is yummy, especially with the addition of cheese. I used fat-free turkey dogs and garden vegetable pasta, making it pretty healthy, too. We'll see how my husband likes it!

  • CathyGribler
    Jul 20, 2010

    This was an excellent alternative to the traditional spaghetti dinner.

  • gigigroom
    Aug 8, 2009

    Left out the hot dogs and used hot chili powder. Fabulous side dish for those who like it spicy!