The Ultimate Chili Dog

The Ultimate Chili Dog
Regarding BBQ, Inc.
  • Total: 92 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 77 mins
  • Yield: Serves 8

Start off with a good quality hot dog, preferably beef, and slather it with a delicious, thick, moderately spiced chili. Add chopped onions, shredded sharp cheddar or crumbled cotija cheese for an ultimate hot dog experience. If you're pressed for time, you can certainly use a good quality canned chili for this recipe.


  • 8 large hot dogs
  • 8 hot dog buns (deli style)
  • For Chili:
  • 1 1/2 pounds/675 g. ground beef (lean)
  • 1 can tomato sauce (plus 1/3 cup/80 mL water)
  • 1 bottle beer
  • 1 can beans (pinto)
  • 1/2 cup/120 mL. onion (chopped)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 tablespoons/30 mL. vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons/30 mL. chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon/15 mL. paprika
  • 1 tablespoon/15 mL. cumin (ground)
  • 1/2 teaspoon/2.5 mL. oregano (dried)
  • 1/2 tablespoon/2.5 mL. salt
  • 1 teaspoon/5 mL. black pepper
  • 1 jalapeno (seeded and diced)
  • For Garnish:
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 1 1/2 cups/360 mL. cheddar cheese (sharp, shredded, or cotija cheese)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.
  2. In a large saucepans, heat vegetable oil. Add 1/2 chopped onion and cook for 2-3 minutes until translucent. Add garlic and jalapeno cook for one minute. Remove onion, garlic, and pepper and place into a bowl. Add ground beef, cook until well done, about 6-8 minutes. While beef is cooking, open and drain pinto beans. In either a food processor or with a potato masher, roughly mash beans. This will act as the thickening agent for the chili. Add mashed beans, onion, garlic, and remaining chili ingredients to pot. Turn heat up allow the mixture to bubble up for about 1 minute. Reduce heat and simmer for 35-45 minutes. Make sure to keep an eye on the chili so that it doesn't burn. If chili is too thick, add 1/4 cup/60 mL of water at a time to pot until chili takes on the right consistency. Once cooked, reduce heat to lowest setting and keep warm.
  3. Preheat grill for medium heat. Place hot dog onto grill and cook for 8-10 minutes, turning occasionally. Once cooked (internal temperature of 165 F.), remove from heat, place into warmed hot dog buns, top with chili, diced onions, and cheese.