Baked Chili Hot Dogs

There’s something truly nostalgic about hot dogs – they remind me of summer gatherings and cherished moments with loved ones. Today, I’m excited to share with you a delightful recipe that combines the goodness of hot dogs with a rich chili topping and gooey Cheddar cheese. These Baked Chili Hot Dogs are not only a treat for your taste buds but also a tribute to the joy of sharing food with family and friends.

How to Prepare Baked Chili Hot Dogs

If you’re ready to embark on a culinary journey that’s both easy and mouthwatering, follow these simple steps to make your own Baked Chili Hot Dogs.

Ingredients for Baked Chili Hot Dogs

  • 6 hot dogs
  • 6 split hot dog buns
  • 1 (15 ounce) can HORMEL Chili With Beans
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

Directions for Baked Chili Hot Dogs

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9 x 13-inch baking dish.
  2. Follow the package directions to heat the hot dogs.
  3. Arrange the split hot dog buns in the greased baking dish, cut side up.
  4. Place the heated hot dogs inside the buns.
  5. Generously spoon HORMEL Chili With Beans over each hot dog.
  6. Sprinkle the shredded Cheddar cheese over the chili-topped hot dogs.
  7. Tent the baking dish with foil to keep the flavors locked in.
  8. Bake the assembled hot dogs in the preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the hot dogs are heated through and the cheese has melted to perfection.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I customize the heat level of these chili hot dogs?

If you prefer a spicier kick, consider adding some sliced jalapenos or a drizzle of hot sauce before baking. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a milder option, opt for a mild chili variety or omit the chili altogether and focus on the cheesy goodness.

Can I use a different type of cheese?

Absolutely! While Cheddar cheese adds a classic flavor, you can experiment with other cheese options like mozzarella, pepper jack, or a blend of your favorites. Mix and match for a unique taste every time.

What side dishes go well with these Baked Chili Hot Dogs?

These chili hot dogs pair wonderfully with classic picnic sides like coleslaw, potato salad, or even some crispy oven-baked fries. It’s all about creating a well-balanced meal that suits your preferences.

Can I make these hot dogs vegetarian?

Absolutely! There are plenty of delicious vegetarian chili options available in stores. Swap out the traditional chili with a vegetarian version to cater to your meat-free guests without compromising on flavor.

Are these Baked Chili Hot Dogs kid-friendly?

Definitely! Kids love the combination of hot dogs, chili, and gooey cheese. You can even let them customize their hot dogs with their favorite toppings for an interactive mealtime experience.

Can I prepare the ingredients ahead of time?

Absolutely! Prepare the hot dog buns, heated hot dogs, and chili in advance. When you’re ready to enjoy, simply assemble everything, add the cheese, and pop it in the oven for a quick and satisfying meal.

Baked Chili Hot Dogs

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Total Time 29 minutes
Course Sandwich
Cuisine American
Servings 6


  • 6 hot dogs
  • 6 split hot dog buns
  • 1 15 ounce can HORMEL Chili With Beans
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese


  • Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 9 x 13-inch baking dish.
  • Heat hot dogs according to package directions. Arrange hot dog buns in baking dish, cut side up. Place hot dogs in buns. Top with chili. Sprinkle with cheese. Tent pan with foil.
  • Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until hot and cheese is melted.
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