How to Make Chili for Hot Dogs

There’s nothing more American than taking some delicious chili and adding it to a hot dog. Chili dogs may be messy, but they’re a perfect game-day treat. Then again, there’s no reason to save something this delicious for game day: You can make chili for hot dogs at home any time you like!


  • 1 package of hot dogs
  • 1 package of hot dog buns
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 8 oz. tomato sauce
  • 2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ c. beef broth
  • 2 tsp. brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. chili powder
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. pepper
  • ½ tsp. smoked paprika
  • Other toppings you like, such as shredded cheese, chopped red onions, or hot sauce


  1. Set your burner to medium-high heat, and place a pot over it to cook your ground beef and onions. Once the meat is browned, drain the pot of any excess fat.
  2. Add in the tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce, broth, and seasonings, and stir all of the ingredients together. Simmer over medium-low heat for 25 minutes. You’ll know it’s done when the liquid has cooked down and the chili is nice and thick. Then, cover it and set it aside to keep it warm.
  3. Use a grill or a skillet to cook your hot dogs through. While they’re cooking, toast the hot dog buns.
  4. Once your hot dogs are cooked, add them to the buns, then spoon on the chili and add your favorite toppings.
Chuck 'The Chili Guy' Miller

Hey I'm Chuck "The Chili Guy" Miller. Chili is my passion so I have expertly crafted my list of tried and true award worthy chili recipes that will warm your soul. My gift to you from one chili connoisseur to another. - Chuck

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