Tuesday, December 9, 2014

How to make Hot Dog Chili

Hot Dogs with chili sauce 
Hot Dogs with chili sauce

If you are a fan of a good old fashioned hot dog with chili, then this recipe is just what you need. I grew up in a small Western Pennsylvania town, where hot dogs are a staple.

There were several hot dog shops around town, each specializing in their own chili sauce. We moved away from our hometown, and it turns out that hot dogs with chili is one of the foods we miss the most. Now we have a recipe to make our own that reminds us of home.

There are so many garnishes for hot dogs, but I like mine with mustard, onion and chili. Sometimes I add a nice thin slice of dill pickle on top, and it's oh so good.


  • 1 Pound of ground beef
  • 1 small onion chopped very fine
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 3/4 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp sage
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • Sprinkle in some garlic powder and salt (just a little)
  1. In a medium sauce pan brown all of the ingredients
  2. Add 1 cup of water
  3. Add 2 tablespoons of cracker meal
  4. Cook for 1 hour
Give it a try and enjoy a nice chili dog. It's a simple recipe and you could even make it ahead and freeze it for later. Feel free to leave me a comment and rate this recipe.


  1. Interesting combination of spices. Sounds like awesome hot dog chili!

    1. We grew up with this, it was very popular where we lived a small town near Pittsburgh. Thanks Susan for stopping by. Wishing you a wonderful week.

  2. Well, now I have just discovered you thanks to Martin. I enjoy a hot dog every so often. I am not much of a cook but I am learning. I will give this a try! Thank you for sharing.

    1. This will add a little spice to your hot dogs Ginger, if you try it I hope you enjoy. Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a great day!

  3. I haven't had a chili dog in quite a few years but I'm game now :)

    1. Give it a try and I hope you enjoy Susan :) Thanks for stopping by!