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This zesty and flavorful chili dog casserole with a tender Jiffy mix topping is the perfect family supper! The fluffy cornbread crust and a layer of sharp cheddar cheese sit on top of a seasoned ground beef and hot dog filling. It’s easy comfort food!

Side shot of a chili cheese dog casserole with jiffy mix on a white plate.
Table of Contents
  1. What is a Chili Cheese Dog Casserole with Jiffy Mix?
  2. Ingredients for Chili Dog Casserole
  3. How to Make this Easy Chili Cheese Dog Casserole
  4. Serving Suggestions
  5. Storage Tips
  6. Recipe Variations
  7. Tips for This Easy Hot Dog Casserole Recipe
  8. Chili Dog Casserole with Cornbread Crust Recipe

If you’re looking for even more cornbread casserole recipes be sure to try this wildly popular Jiffy corn casserole, our favorite farmhouse chicken cornbread casserole, a bbq and baked bean cornbread casserole, this pulled pork casserole with cornbread topping, a Jiffy cornbread taco bake, and this ground beef casserole with cornbread, too!

From a tamale pie to a taco pie, we love the combination of a hearty meat filling topped with sweet, fluffy cornbread. This chili cheese dog casserole is just the latest in our lineup of easy weeknight meals! There’s so much zesty, cheesy, sweet, and savory flavor in every bite.

What is a Chili Cheese Dog Casserole with Jiffy Mix?

A chili dog casserole is a baked dish that includes ground beef, hot dogs, cheese, tomato sauce, and a variety of warm spices. The homemade chili and hotdog filling (no canned chili here!) is topped with shredded cheddar and a cornbread crust made from Jiffy corn muffin mix. Everything cooks in a single skillet, so you don’t even have too many dishes to wash at the end!

Process shot cooking ground beef and hot dog filling in a skillet.

Ingredients for Chili Dog Casserole

This is just a quick overview of the ingredients that you’ll need for this easy hot dog casserole recipe. As always, specific measurements and step-by-step cooking instructions are included in the printable recipe box at the bottom of the post.

  • Ground beef: the base of the casserole. Sub with ground turkey, ground chicken, ground pork, or ground sausage if you prefer.
  • Tomato sauce: the binder that brings the casserole filling together.
  • Tomato paste: thickens the sauce and adds rich tomato flavor. You’ll need half of a 6-ounce can.
  • Ketchup: or sub with bbq sauce for a bolder flavor.
  • Yellow mustard: for a touch of acidic tang.
  • Hot dogs: I use four bun-length hot dogs in this recipe.
  • Brown sugar: for a hint of sweetness.
  • Worcestershire sauce: for salty, umami flavor that pairs really well with the beef. Soy sauce is a nice substitute if you don’t have Worcestershire sauce on hand.
  • Chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, and onion powder: for zesty, smoky, homemade chili flavor!
  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper: to enhance the other ingredients.
  • Cheddar cheese: I use sharp cheddar, but any good melting cheese will work. Try American cheese, Colby, Colby Jack, Monterey Jack, or Pepper Jack, for example.
  • Jiffy corn muffin mix, milk, and egg: combine with extra cheese to make the cornbread crust on top of the casserole.
Process shot showing how to make chili cheese dog casserole with jiffy mix in a cast iron skillet.

How to Make this Easy Chili Cheese Dog Casserole

This hot dog casserole with chili and cornbread is the ultimate comfort food, and an easy dinner recipe that the whole family will love. I’ve included detailed directions in the recipe card below, but here’s the quick version:

  • Cook the filling in an oven-proof skillet.
  • Top with half of the cheese.
  • Stir together the cheesy cornbread topping.
  • Pour the cornbread batter over the chili mixture.
  • Bake until the cornbread is golden brown and cooked through.
Square overhead image of a chili dog casserole in a cast iron skillet.

Serving Suggestions

Here are some easy sides that go well with chili dog casserole:

Side shot of chili dog casserole with cornbread crust on a white plate.

Storage Tips

  • Leftovers will keep in an airtight container or tightly covered in the fridge for 3-4 days, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
  • How to Reheat: To reheat previously-baked chili dog casserole, warm the dish in a 325°F oven for about 20 minutes. Reheat individual portions in the microwave just until warmed through (about 1-2 minutes).
  • How to Freeze: Chili cheese dog casserole is best when frozen before baking. To do so, add the cornbread batter on top and place in the freezer (uncovered) for one hour to allow the topping to harden. Then, wrap well with plastic wrap and a layer of aluminum foil, and place back in the freezer for up to 3 months.
  • To Bake from Frozen: When ready to enjoy, preheat the oven to 400°F and bake the pie straight from the freezer for 60 minutes. If the top starts to get too dark before it’s cooked through, lay a piece of foil loosely over the top.
Overhead shot of chili dog casserole on a blue wooden table with a side salad.

Recipe Variations

  • Make the cornbread crust from scratch (instead of using the box of Jiffy mix) by following this recipe.
  • Use ground turkey, ground pork, ground chicken, or sausage in lieu of the beef.
  • Omit the cheese — the chili dog casserole will still be tasty!
  • Make it spicy with cayenne, hot sauce, or jalapenos.
  • Add a small can of corn or canned baked beans to the filling. Other veggies will also work, such as diced zucchini, grated carrots, or diced sweet bell peppers.
Close overhead shot of a serving spoon in a skillet of chili cheese dog casserole.

Tips for This Easy Hot Dog Casserole Recipe

  • If you don’t have a cast iron skillet (or other oven-proof skillet), or if you plan to prepare the casserole in advance for freezing, you can assemble the casserole in an 8-inch or 9-inch square baking dish, a deep-dish pie plate, or any other 2-quart casserole dish.
  • Insert a toothpick in the center of your casserole to make sure that the cornbread crust is completely cooked through before removing the dish from the oven. You shouldn’t see any wet batter on the toothpick.
  • If the top of your casserole starts to get too dark before the cornbread is cooked through, tent the top of the dish loosely with foil for the remaining baking time.
  • Cooking for a larger family? Double all of the ingredients and bake the casserole in a 9 x 13-inch dish. You’ll need to increase the total baking time by a few minutes.
  • Garnish each serving with your favorite chili dog toppings, such as fresh cilantro or parsley, chopped onions, extra grated cheese, sour cream, diced avocado, or sliced black olives.
Close up side shot of chili cheese dog casserole on a white plate with a salad in the background.

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Square overhead image of a chili dog casserole in a cast iron skillet.

Chili Dog Casserole with Cornbread Crust

5 from 1 vote
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 22 minutes
Total: 42 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 553 kcal
A zesty and flavorful chili filling made with ground beef and hot dogs is finished with plenty of cheese and a cornbread crust!

Ingredients
  

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400°F. In a 10-inch oven-proof skillet, cook ground beef over medium-high heat until no longer pink, about 5-7 minutes. Drain off excess grease. Stir in tomato sauce, tomato paste, ketchup, mustard, hot dogs, chili powder, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, cumin, garlic powder, and onion powder. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Reduce the heat to low; simmer for about 5 minutes, or until the mixture thickens slightly. Smooth into an even layer in the pan. Sprinkle with half of the cheese.
    Process shot cooking ground beef and hot dog filling in a skillet.
  • In a separate bowl, stir together the corn muffin mix, milk, egg, and remaining cheese. Pour over the filling in the skillet. Use a spatula to spread the topping in an even layer, covering and sealing in the meat mixture so that it doesn’t bubble through the top.
    Process shot showing how to make chili cheese dog casserole with jiffy mix in a cast iron skillet.
  • Bake for about 22 minutes, or until the cornbread is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the top of the crust comes out clean.
    Close overhead shot of a serving spoon in a skillet of chili cheese dog casserole.

Notes

  • If you don’t have a cast iron skillet (or other oven-proof skillet), or if you plan to prepare the casserole in advance for freezing, you can assemble the casserole in an 8-inch or 9-inch square baking dish, a deep-dish pie plate, or any other 2-quart casserole dish.
  • Insert a toothpick in the center of your casserole to make sure that the cornbread crust is completely cooked through before removing the dish from the oven. You shouldn’t see any wet batter on the toothpick.
  • If the top of your casserole starts to get too dark before the cornbread is cooked through, tent the top of the dish loosely with foil for the remaining baking time.
  • Cooking for a larger family? Double all of the ingredients and bake the casserole in a 9 x 13-inch dish. You’ll need to increase the total baking time by a few minutes.
  • Garnish each serving with your favorite chili dog toppings, such as fresh cilantro or parsley, chopped onions, extra grated cheese, sour cream, diced avocado, or sliced black olives.

Nutrition

Serving: 1/6 of the casseroleCalories: 553kcalCarbohydrates: 38gProtein: 33gFat: 30gSaturated Fat: 12gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0.3gCholesterol: 132mgSodium: 1264mgPotassium: 735mgFiber: 4gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 995IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 277mgIron: 4mg
Keyword: chili cheese dog casserole, chili cheese dog casserole with jiffy mix, chili dog casserole, chili hot dog casserole
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American, Southern
Author: Blair Lonergan
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  1. 5 stars
    This was DELICIOUS!! Took it to a chili party and it was the favorite. Easy to make, easy to reheat and overall yummy. Highly recommend! Next time, I’m going to put some jalapenos in the cornbread topping for a little zing.