Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 40 mins

I haven't had an A&W chili dog for years, but from what I can remember, this tastes just like it. This is listed as one serving, but the sauce makes enough for about 10 servings unless you use more on your dog like I do. The sauce can be frozen for future use.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cook the ground chuck in a pan and break into small pieces.
  2. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Add in the remaining ingredients.
  4. Simmer for about 30 minutes until thickened.
  5. Boil some water in a pot, and add in however many frankfurters you want.
  6. Boil for about 8 to 10 minutes.
  7. Place the frankfurter in a hot dog bun and spread on 3 tablespoons of the.
  8. sauce you just made.
  9. Spread the cheddar cheese on top, and you're done!
Most Helpful

We have an A&W rootbeer stand not far from us and these chili dogs tasted very close to what we remember. I used a package of ground round that was about 1 1/2 pounds so I added another 1/3 cup of water. Covered and let simmer for the 30 minutes and it was perfect. We just topped our dogs with the sauce and enjoyed them a lot. Cant wait for lunch tomorrow! Served with aHardDaysNight's Hellmann's the Original Potato Salad #304182 and had an indoor picnic for supper. Thank you lazyme for posting this recipe. Made and reviewed for the cookathon.

lauralie41 May 02, 2009

Makes delicious chili dogs! We like to add mustard & chopped onions and Redhot sauce for that final touch. Great football watching & kid-friendly food! Thanks a bunch! ~Sue

Sue Lau September 28, 2008

Just have to say, our family owned A&W's for years and this recipe isn't even close. The ingredients are not even close.

JAMIE C. June 30, 2015