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Chipotle Chili Dogs

Long live childhood favorites! I created this recipe for the 125th anniversary of a small town in Minnesota. The medium spice level means that people of all ages love the flavors. —Barb Templin, Norwood, Minnesota
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 6 hot dogs
  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons minced chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 3/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 hot dog buns, split
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 green onions, chopped


  • Cook hot dogs according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large cast-iron or other heavy skillet, cook the beef, onion and garlic over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the tomato sauce, chipotle peppers, chili powder, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, until flavors are blended, 4-5 minutes.
  • Place hot dogs in buns. Spoon chili over hot dogs. Sprinkle with cheese and green onions.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 420 calories, 25g fat (12g saturated fat), 69mg cholesterol, 1096mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 20g protein.

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  • cynandtom
    May 25, 2020

    We grilled the dogs and served on potato rolls, didn’t make any changes to chili. Delicious!

  • ahmom
    Jul 6, 2014

    Very good. This could be a sloppy joe recipe as well as a hot dog topping. I didn't have an onion, I don't think it really mattered.

  • melijoc
    Jul 18, 2013

    Yum! these are delicious. I like to add a bit more adobo sauce to the meat. It adds a little bit more spice but no so much that my lips fall off.

  • valanddansmith
    Feb 11, 2013

    We loved these but they should probably be called "Sloppy Chipotle Chili Dogs" cause they are really messy:)

  • kristinafoss
    Jul 1, 2012

    My family loved this recipe and I loved how quick and easy it was to make!

  • mreilly615
    Jun 22, 2011

    I made this for my birthday w/ the ranch fries. It was easy and really good. I will def make again.

  • ethel2345
    Jun 19, 2011

    This chili was very easy to make and tasted great! The chili, sour cream sauce and green onions went so well together. My husband said it was one of the best chili dogs that he has ever had!