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chili dog topped with onions and cheese

Chili Dogs

Chili dogs are the perfect "guilty pleasure" comfort food. Homemade chili is the key to this easy chili dogs recipe! The best game day food recipe here!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine American
Servings 4 Servings



  • 1/2 pound lean ground beef or ground turkey
  • 1/2 onion diced
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt plus more to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper plus more to taste
  • 1 green bell pepper diced
  • 1 jalapeno diced
  • 1 15 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 15 ounce can kidney beans, drained
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 4 hot dogs
  • 4 hot dog buns
  • shredded cheddar cheese
  • chopped onion if desired


  • In a skillet cook ground beef, onion, garlic, 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt and 1/4 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper. Once meat is browned, transfer to colander . Reserve 1 teaspoon pan drippings.
  • In the same skillet, cook green bell pepper and jalapeno in reserved pan drippings for 3 minutes until slightly softened. Return ground beef mixture to the pan. Add remaining ingredients, stir to combine. Bring to a bowl. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Cook hot dogs according to package directions.
  • Place hot dog in bun, spoon hot chili over the top. Top with shredded cheddar cheese and onions. Serve.


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