The Best Homemade Hot Dog Chili

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Happy National Hot Dog Day! 🙂 In honor of today, I am sharing my best homemade hot dog chili recipe!

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One of my favorite ways to eat a hot dog is with warm, slightly sweet, smokey chili; creamy, cool coleslaw, finely chopped white onion, and yellow mustard. We call this a hot dog “all-the-way” at our house.

Soooooo delicious!

Nathan's 5 ways

There is only one hot dog as far as I’m concerned and that’s Nathan’s Famous. If you haven’t tried them you simply must!

Nathan's 5 ways

3 Ingredients

This recipe has 3 simple ingredients and couldn’t be easier to make. Ground beef, ketchup, and chili powder. It makes a nice thick chili that helps hold the slaw on the dog. Why put the slaw on if it’s just going to fall off, right?

Homemade hot dog chili

All you need is one pound of burger (we used last seasons Elk burger), 1 cup ketchup, and 2 TBS chili powder! Start by browning the burger. You can add a little salt and pepper at this stage if you like.

Simmer For 5-10 Minutes

Add the ketchup and chili powder to the browned meat. Stir until combined and let the mixture simmer on LOW for about 5-10 minutes.

Homemade hot dog chili


Homemade hot dog chili


And now, enjoy! Try the best homemade hot dog chili, I am pretty confident you won’t be sorry. However if by the time you’ve read this entire post you just don’t want to put in the time and effort; try the best-canned chili!

Homemade hot dog chili


Homemade hot dog chili

Hot Dog Chili Printable Recipe

A homemade hot dog chili recipe that is super easy! Only 3 ingredients!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 8 people


  • 1 lb ground meat
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 2 tbsp chili powder


  • brown the ground meat.
  • add ketchup to the ground meat mixture.
  • add chili powder to the ketchup and ground meat mixture.
  • add salt and pepper to taste.
  • simmer on low for about 5-10 minutes.
Keyword condiment, hotdog chili, hotdog chili recipe

If you’re looking for different ways to serve hot dogs, check out this post: Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs 5 Ways.



How do you like your hot dog chili? Does anyone else like it a bit sweet?

Leigh Ann 🙂

Leigh Ann Schooley is the owner and founder of Making My Abode, a blog dedicated to helping homemakers live well and simply on one income. She is a believer, wife, and mother of three with more than sixteen years of homemaking experience. Leigh Ann is the recipient of the Wife of The Year award eighteen years running. She has also won the Mother of The Year award every year for the past sixteen years. She is a Colorado native raised by her dad who taught her almost everything she knows. Leigh Ann lives with her husband and family in Colorado.

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