A Chili Hot dog is a hot dog smothered with homemade beef chili and then piled high with cheddar cheese!
This is an American classic!
I was talking to a family from Florida a few weeks ago. When I told them was from Cincinnati, the first thing they commented on was Cincinnati Chili. I’m not sure if you are aware of how we eat our chili in Cincinnati…but it is a little different.
When you order Cincinnati chili, you can order spaghetti and chili (2-way), add cheese for a 3- way, add beans or onions for a 4-way and if you order a 5-way then you have spaghetti, chili, onions, beans, and cheese! Yellow mustard can also be added.
But my favorite thing to do with Cincinnati style chili is to make chili dogs or Coneys!
Cincinnati style chili has a very distinct flavor, you either like it or you don’t. What sets Cincinnati chili apart is the hint of nutmeg and a hit of chocolate (yes, you read that right).
What Is A Chili Dog?
A chili dog is a hot dog (steamed or grilled, really doesn’t matter) that is topped with homemade chili and then piled high with shredded cheddar cheese!
How To Make Chili Dogs
To make chili, you will heat ground beef in a skillet over medium heat until no longer pink, stir in garlic and diced onions and cook until soft. Add tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce, apple cider vinegar and spices like cumin, chili powder, cocoa powder, cinnamon, cloves, and a little red pepper, Water and beans are stirred in next.
The mixture is simmered on low until thickened. This will take at least 30 minutes.
Traditionally the hot dogs are steamed, but honestly, you can grill hot dogs, boil them or even microwave hot dogs. Chili cheese dogs are all about the chili, not the hot dog!
Can You Freeze A Chili Hot Dog?
No, but the chili freezes really well! Store the cooled chili in a ziptop bac. Be sure to remove the air from the bag and store the bag flat in a freezer.
The chili can be stored in the freezer for 3-4 months. To reheat, allow the bag to thaw in the fridge then pour the bag into a large saucepan and heat to the desired temperature.
Chili Dog Substitutions
- If the nutmeg is not for you, omit it. The cocoa powder has a really mild flavor, you could leave it out or even add in chopped chocolate.
- Adjust the amount of chili powder and red pepper if you don’t like the spice.
- I used red chili beans in this recipe, but you could use pinto beans in this recipe.
- I’m not always keen on hot dogs, so sometimes I will place my chili in a hot dog bun which is what we call a “phony coney”
What To Serve With Chili Dogs
More Chili Recipes
- 1lb ground beef
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 15oz tomato sauce
- 1T apple cider vinegar
- 1 T Worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 t cocoa powder
- 1 t salt
- 2 T chili powder
- 1/2 t cumin
- 1/2 t cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp red pepper
- 1/8 tsp cloves
- 1 cup water
- 1 15 oz can chili beans, drained
- 8 hot dogs
- 8 buns
- 2 cups shredded cheddar jack cheese
- 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 up to an hour or until chili begins to thicken.
- Prepare hot dogs according to package directions. Ladle chili over hot dogs. Pile high with cheese.
Amount Per Serving Calories 641Total Fat 37gSaturated Fat 16gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 16gCholesterol 110mgSodium 1914mgCarbohydrates 40gFiber 5gSugar 10gProtein 36g