Cincinnati Chili Dogs Recipe photo by Taste of Home
Total Time
Prep: 20 min. Cook: 4 hours
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 then ladled it over hot dogs. It's perfect for game day, tailgates and potlucks. —Jennifer Gilbert, Brighton, Michigan

Updated: May 05, 2023

Cincinnati Chili Dogs

Prep Time 20 min
Yield 10 servings.


  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 small onions, chopped, 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


  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook and stir ground beef until no longer pink, breaking it into crumbles; drain.
  2. In a 3-qt. slow cooker, combine beef with 1 chopped onion; add the next 8 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.

Nutrition Facts

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