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Home Run Hot Dog Chili is the ultimate topping for your grilled dogs, sausages, and burgers! This meaty, tangy, slightly sweet sauce is simmered in just the right combination of herbs and spices. It’s a winning recipe for your next cookout, BBQ or tailgate party!
This past weekend, we celebrated the end of an era for my youngest son. Hunter graduated from high school this spring, and that brought an end to his participation on the drumline. To honor the successes of the past year and show a little love to the seniors, I organized a cookout for the students and their parents.
I got a text message from one of the kids; he had a favor to ask, a special request. He said…could I please make my Hot Dog Chili? My heart melted. Of course, for him and the drumline, no problem!
Is This Chili Or A Sauce?
To give it a special touch, once all the ingredients simmer together for about 30 minutes, I let the chili cool a bit, then use my immersion blender to break down the beef just a bit until I get a texture that is perfect for ladling over a grilled hot dog.
We had a great evening sharing a meal, laughing, and telling stories. It all ended with lots of hugs and a few tears. These people know how to get me…every time. I sure will miss them, but maybe, I’ll make a big batch of Home Run Hot Dog Chili and invite them over. I have a feeling they’d be at my back door in no time.
Ingredients To Make Home Run Hot Dog Chili
This chili is so good! It’s rich and meaty with a smooth texture that doesn’t overpower the hot dog, burger, or sausage that you’re spooning it over. I use just the right amount of spice to simmer the ground beef and onions so that deep flavor is developed.
- Ground beef
- Tomato paste
- Chili powder
- Worcestershire sauce
- Celery salt
- Tomato sauce
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How to Make Hot Dog Chili
- The beginnings of how to make chili start in a heavy bottom pot, brown ground beef. Drain excess fat and add onions to the pot, and stir. Add in garlic, tomato paste, chili powder, salt, pepper, and cumin, and cook for 2–3 minutes. Stir in celery salt, sugar, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, tomato sauce, honey, and ketchup, and stir. Add in water and stir.
- Begin to bring chili up to a boil, then reduce to a simmer, and continue cooking for approximately 30 minutes until the sauce has thickened. Remove from heat and let cool for 15 minutes.
- Using an immersion blender, carefully blend chili until meat chunks are broken down.
- When ready to serve, heat chili either on the stove or in a slow cooker
What Can Hot Dog Chili Be Made Of?
The best homemade chili dogs can be made from different meats and blends!
- Ground Beef: Ground beef is a popular choice for homemade chilli. It can be browned in a skillet or saucepan until cooked through, breaking it up into small pieces.
- Ground Turkey: Ground turkey can be used and any good chili dog recipe and is a leaner alternative to beef. It can be prepared similarly to ground beef by browning it in a skillet.
- Ground Pork: Ground pork adds a rich flavor to the chili. It can be cooked in the same way as ground beef or turkey.
What Kind Of Toppings Can I Use?
Its no secret that a good hot dog is made not only from a great frank but the quality of the toppings; here are the best toppings for your next hot dog cookout!
- Chili cheese dogs are commonly considered the best version of the hotdog. A generous helping of delicious homemade chili and a healthy scooping of cheese sauce make for a hot dog no one can say no to.
- Chopped Onions: Add a layer of flavor and crunch with finely chopped onions. You can use yellow or red onions or raw or sautéed onions to make the best hot dogs.
- Ketchup: Another traditional condiment, ketchup, can be added to enhance the sweetness and tanginess of the chili cheese dog.
People Often Ask…
The answer is yes. My Homerun Hot Dog Chili is totally freezer friendly!
It’s super easy to store the leftovers for this recipe. You can keep this Hot Dog Chili in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Yes, you can substitute tomato sauce for diced tomatoes. However, keep in mind that the consistency of the chili might be slightly different. Tomato sauce will provide a smoother texture, while diced tomatoes will add some texture and chunks to the chili.
You can use your preferred type of hot dog buns for serving the chili dogs. Popular choices include traditional soft buns or toasted buns for added crunch.
What to Serve With This Recipe…
- Air Fryer Hot Dogs
- Grilled Barbequed Hot Dogs
- Pesto Pasta Salad with Tomatoes and Mozzarella
- Mediterranean Pasta Salad
- Tomato Cucumber Salad
- 1 ½ pounds ground beef
- 1 cup onion – chopped
- 2 cloves garlic – minced
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 2 teaspoons chili powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- ½ teaspoon cumin
- ½ teaspoon celery salt
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
- 1 8 oz can tomato sauce
- 1 tablespoon honey
- ⅓ cup ketchup
- 1 cup water
- In a dutch oven or heavy bottom pot, brown ground beef. When the meat is no longer pink, drain excess fat and add onions to pot, stir. Add in garlic, tomato paste, chili powder, salt, pepper and cumin and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add celery salt, sugar, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, tomato sauce, honey and ketchup, stir. Add in water. Bring chili up to a boil then reduce to simmer. Cook for approximately 30 minutes sauce has thickened. Remove from heat and let cool 15 minutes.
- Using an immersion blender, carefully blend chili until meat chunks are broken down. *You can also use a regular blender, making sure to blend in small batches to avoid getting burned.
- When ready to serve, heat chili either on stove or in a slow cooker. Can be stored in refrigerator for 3 days or frozen up to 3 months.