Chili Dog

 Hot dogs smothered with a homemade beef chili sauce and then piled high with cheddar cheese!

An American classic!

 Chili Dog

I made chili dogs over this Memorial Day weekend.  They reminded me of  the 4th of July, which is now right around the corner.  Let me tell you two things about the 4th of July.  One, it’s independence day and it just happens to be my birthday.  I’ll be turning 35 for the 6th year in a row.  I’m a freak of nature I guess.    But the 4th is also Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest!  If you thought baseball was the nation’s favorite past time, you are so wrong: it’s eating!    In case you  are unfamiliar with this little event, swarms of people will gather at Brooklyn, New York’s famous Coney Island to watch 30 eaters attempt to consume as many hot dogs and buns as they possibly can in 10 minutes!  Sounds like fun doesn’t it?

Chili Dog

I’m not sure what’s worse really, the fact that grown men and woman will actually shovel massive amounts of food down their throats in the hopes of being crowned the food eating champ or the fact that we actually gather to watch and therefore encourage this whole event.  To me, it’s like a horrifying science experiment, you don’t want to watch, but you can’t stop yourself.  You become so invested, you just have to see the outcome.   Just how many hot dogs can one man really consume??? Inquiring minds want to know!

Chili Dog

Joey Chestnut, the 5 time hot dog eating champ, ate 68 hot dogs last year.  Let me repeat that, he ate 68 hot dogs AND 68 buns.  What on earth does that do to your stomach?  What no one tells you is what happens the next day?  That’s the real story if you ask me.   That cannot be good for one’s digestive tract.  Can it really be worth the $10,000???  And how does one train for this sort of thing?  There are so many unanswered questions.

Chili Dog

Is there a food contest YOU would win?  I might be able to devour 68 Peppermint Mocha Cupcakes or 68 Milk Dud Nutella Cookies…over the span of 3 or 4 days of course.  But I truly could not make myself eat that much food in one sitting, nor would I want to!  It truly takes a very special person.

Back to these chili dogs.  This whole entire food eating contest was swirling in my head as I was preparing these.  I totally think they are food contest worthy.  I may just write a letter to the International Federations Of Competitive Eating.   Lets make this year’s hot dog eating contest a REAL challenge, lets smother each of those puppies with chili!  If you are going to eat that many hot dogs they may as well taste great!  I personally am not a big fan of hot dogs, but smother them with a thick, spicy chili piled high with a mound of cheddar cheese and I’m one happy eater!  Try them for yourself, I think you will be a very happy eater too!


Chile Verde Dogs

Chili Verde Dog

Coca Cola Chili |

Coca Cola Chili





Chili Dog
  • 1lb ground beef
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 15oz tomato sauce
  • 1T apple cider vinegar
  • 1 T Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ t cocoa powder
  • 1 t salt
  • 2 T chili powder
  • ½ t cumin
  • ½ t cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp red pepper
  • ⅛ tsp cloves
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 15 oz can chili beans, drained
  • 8 hot dogs
  • 8 buns
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar jack cheese
  1. Brown beef in a large, deep skillet until no longer pink. Add in garlic and onion, sautéing until soft. Add in tomato sauce, spices, water and beans. Bring to a boil. Cook on medium low for an hour or until chili begins to thicken.
  2. Prepare hot dogs according to package directions. Ladle chili over hot dogs. Pile high with cheese.


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43 Responses

  1. First – you are not a freak of nature! I have celebrated my 39th birthday for 11 years in a row and plan on the 12th anniversary of my 39th birthday in October. :) I know this is going to sound a bit pedestrian, but chili dogs are and always will be my favorite meal! I like to add onions on top and maybe a few jalapeno slices because EVERYTHING is better with onions! :) I’m going back now to read the other hot dog recipe because chili verde is my favorite to eat in a bowl!

    • See I am so grateful to have net someone else who gets me and my refusal to age! I love chili dogs too. It’s hard to not be happy when eating one! And you are right, jalapeños would’ve been great!

  2. It has been TOO long since I had a chili dog. YUM!

  3. cookingwithcurls

    LOL…you are too funny! I love hot dogs,and I love chili dogs, but I have interest in eating 68 of them at one time, or even in a month:) I just celebrated my 17th annual 29th birthday :) Pretty soon I will need a calculator to figure out the math on that one!

    • Bahaha I love that you are on your 17th, 29th year!!! I’m not alone in my denial!

  4. 68 hot dogs?? Insanity! But these chili dogs certainly take my mind off of that. These look delicious!!

  5. Oh man I haven’t had a chili dog in so long, this looks incredible! Going on my menu plan soon. :)

    • Yeah! Thanks Kelly! I hope you enjoy them!

  6. That’s an insane amount of hot dogs to eat! I could probably do 2 :) Love me some chili dogs though, they are perfect for summer!

    • They are Skyline Coney dogs, but I love them! Thanks Desi!

  7. I love chili dogs! They are so simple, but always good. Although I could never win a chili dog eating contest! I could probably eat 3 at the most and I’d probably be sick afterwards!

    • Haha 3 is pretty good! I love chili dogs too, it’s a guilty pleasure!

  8. Nothing better than a chili dog..this looks so delicious Tanya! Lunch tomorrow will have to be a chili dog :)

    • Some times you just need a good chili dog! Thanks Erin!

  9. So funny bcz I find myself watching the crazy hot dog eating challenge every year! It’s amazing what they do to “train” for this!
    You made me laugh when you said about your bday…6 years in a row! You’re too funny! Maybe I need to start saying that next yr…I’ll be 40!
    Loving these dogs!

    • It totally sucks you in like a train wreck doesn’t it Gloria? I’m glad I’m not the only one! And yeah, about the age, deny, deny deny!

  10. Tanya,

    Hi! I have to start out by thanking you for my newest party. I’m going to have a fix-your-own gourmet hotdog table for my upcoming patio party. Thank you again!

    As always, I’ve enjoyed browsing your blog. Please check out Substance of Living, we’d love to have you!


    Visiting today from Totally Tasty Tuesdays.

    • I love that idea Marie! I’m going to have to borrow that one! Thank you so much for taking the time to read my blog Marie, I am truly grateful!

  11. juliemurkerson

    Yeah! I love chili dogs!

  12. These look Great! Thank you for sharing on Thursday’s Treasures. I’ve featured them on Week 89. Please stop by and grab my “I was featured on button”

  13. Those are the prettiest chili dogs I’ve ever seen, and now I REALLY want one! 68 hot dogs and buns in one sitting is insane. Where do they go?? I agree that there are a lot of unanswered questions in the world of food eating contests. There is probably a documentary about it, but I don’t think I could watch. Happy early birthday, Tanya!

    • 68 dogs! Gross right? I don’t get those contests either! Thanks Andi!


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