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Hot dog chili on a ladle
Hot Dog Chili
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
45 mins

This easy Hot Dog Chili recipe is the perfect addition to your next football tailgate, cookout with friends, or family movie night!

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chili dogs, chili for hot dogs, hot dog chili
Servings: 16 people
Calories: 72.3 kcal
Author: Blair
  • 1 lb. lean ground beef (I used 90% lean)
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 (8 ounce) can Red Gold® Tomato Sauce
  • ¾ cup Red Gold® Ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon sweet paprika
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • For serving: cooked hot dogs, hot dog buns, grated cheddar cheese, diced onion, pickle relish, mustard
  1. Cook ground beef and onion in a large skillet or Dutch oven over medium-high heat until meat is no longer pink and onion is soft (about 7-10 minutes). Use a wooden spoon to break up the meat into very small pieces as it cooks. Add minced garlic and continuing cooking and stirring for 1 more minute.
  2. Add water, tomato sauce, ketchup, paprika, chili powder, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, salt and pepper.
  3. Bring to boil; reduce heat to low, and simmer for about 25-30 minutes (or until chili thickens slightly).
Recipe Notes
  • It's important to use a wooden spoon or potato masher to break up the beef into very small pieces as it cooks. A classic hot dog sauce doesn't have any large chunks of meat!
  • A traditional hot dog chili does not include beans; however, you can add a can of drained, rinsed beans if that's your preference.
  • Is hot dog chili gluten-free? Yes! Always check your labels on individual products, but this chili recipe can be made gluten-free.
  • Is hot dog chili Keto-friendly? This chili recipe has about 6 grams of carbohydrates and 72 calories per 1/4-cup serving, so use sparingly if you're following a Keto diet.
  • The chili will be good for up to 3-4 days in an airtight container in the refrigerator. The chili should be discarded, however, if it's left out at room temperature for more than 2 hours.
  • Can you freeze hot dog chili? Yes! To freeze the chili, allow it to cool to room temperature, wrap in an airtight container or plastic freezer bags, and keep in the freezer for up to 3 months.
  • If you prepare the chili in advance, you can reheat the chili on the stovetop over low heat, just until warmed through. Alternatively, place the chili sauce in a Crock Pot, cover, and keep it on the "warm" setting for the duration of your party.
  • How much hot dog chili do I need to feed 50 people? or 100 people? If you're serving this chili to a crowd, I recommend planning for about 2 hot dogs per person. Each hot dog is topped with about 2 tablespoons of chili, so you'll need 1/4 cup chili per person. For a crowd of 50, that's about 12.5 cups of chili (or this recipe multiplied by 3). To serve 100, you need about 24-25 cups of hot dog chili sauce (multiply this recipe by 6).
Nutrition Facts
Hot Dog Chili
Amount Per Serving (0.25 cup)
Calories 72.3 Calories from Fat 23
% Daily Value*
Fat 2.6g4%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 17.5mg6%
Sodium 397.9mg17%
Potassium 70.8mg2%
Carbohydrates 5.9g2%
Fiber 0.4g2%
Sugar 4.1g5%
Protein 6.1g12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.