For serving: cooked hot dogs, hot dog buns, grated cheddar cheese, diced onion, pickle relish, mustard
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.
Add water, tomato sauce, ketchup, paprika, chili powder, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, salt and pepper.
Bring to boil; reduce heat to low, and simmer for about 25-30 minutes (or until chili thickens slightly).
This chili sauce is designed to be a condiment that you serve on top of hot dogs, and therefore has a sweet flavor that's similar to ketchup. It is not a chili that you eat on its own in a bowl. If you're looking for a more traditional beef chili recipe that's not very sweet, try this or this Crock Pot version.
Use a wooden spoon or a potato masher to break up the beef into very small pieces as it cooks. A classic hot dog sauce doesn't contain any large chunks of meat.
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 ¼-cup serving, so use sparingly if you're following a Keto diet.
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 ¼ cup chili per person. For a crowd of 50, that's about 12 ½ cups of chili (or this recipe multiplied by 3). To serve 100, you need about 24-25 cups of hot dog chili sauce (so multiply this recipe by 6).
A traditionalhot dog chili does not include beans; however, you can add a can of drained, rinsed pinto beans, pink beans, or kidney beans if you like.
Swap out the ground beef and use ground chicken, ground turkey, ground pork, or even a combination that includes ground pork sausage or ground chorizo.
Add diced bell peppers to the skillet with the ground beef, onion, and garlic.