Just Right Hot Dog Chili

Total Time
1hr 15mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr

I live hundreds of miles from the 2, best, hot dog chili's I know of -- from western PA's Brighton Hot Dog Shoppe chain and from a little stand in the parking lot at the Lowes in Rehoboth, DE. So here's my version of the perfect topping for those hot dogs. I think I got it Just Right. But if you want it hotter go ahead and use 2 more cans of tomatoes with green chilis instead of the regular diced tomatoes.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Brown the ground meats, making sure that they are finely crumbled, and drain off excess grease.
  2. Add all other ingredients. Bring to a boil then simmer, stirring occasionally, 1-2 hours or until flavors are well matured and any excess liquid has been reduced.
  3. Package and freeze in appropriate-sized portions for your household.
Most Helpful

This recipe makes a TON and I have it loaded up in my freezer (kinda nice to have a whole meal in there!). It is 'just right' as far as the spice goes and I could actually have used a bit more spice. Perhaps some Tabasco next time?

Krista Smith January 04, 2009

Great tasting, easy recipe. Just the right amount of heat to spice up the hot dogs. We had a kitchen emergency when my roast didn't thaw in time for dinner, but I remembered seeing Susie's photo in the swap suite today. I had everything on hand except the turkey (we used it for meatballs a few nights ago) & only had to micro-defrost the ground beef. I cut the recipe in half & still had enough to vacuum pack & freeze for another night. Thanks for posting your recipe, you're right... it IS Just Right!

**Tinkerbell** January 31, 2008

This is a delicious, mild chili. Not only would it be perfect on a hot dog, but also in any non-bowl chili presentations where a milder, less assertive chili is desired. I'm thinking about a possibility of huevos rancheros, or over a pile of french fries or nacho chips, or even on a bed of crispy lettuce as a lunch salad. This was yummy! My DS appreciated that there were no beans! Made for Photo Swap. Thanks, 3KBs!

Susiecat too January 28, 2008