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My Favorite Chili Dogs

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


  • 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


  • 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.
  • Cook hot dogs according to package directions. Place in buns and top with chili, red onion and yellow mustard.
Nutrition Facts
1 hot dog: 427 calories, 22g fat (9g saturated fat), 60mg cholesterol, 1195mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 3g fiber), 21g protein.

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  • Judy
    May 26, 2020

    The recipe in the magazine called for 4 cups of water. The website recipe does not include water so I'm not sure which is a typo. I was skeptical but usually make a new dish according to the recipe so added all four cups. It was very runny and I had my doubts. The magazine called for one hour to simmer but it was still very runny so I continued to cook it for another hour and after that it was a nice, thick, rich chili that was awesome on stuffed baked potatoes. The only reason I did not give it 5 stars was because of the discrepancy between the two recipes. Next time I'll reduce the water to 2 cups.

  • eddiedyson
    Jul 20, 2018

    I thought these were great but I am confused. Someone wrote the sauce was runny and she would add half the water called for. I could not find the recipe called for any water?

  • BeckyJCarver
    May 14, 2018

    This is one of our favorite toppings on hot dogs. This makes a big batch but you can freeze the leftovers & it thaws out fine.

  • ShannonMLeger
    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
    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
    Jul 6, 2016

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

  • Kdmo
    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
    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.