Recipe By The Chowdah Chicks
Published Mar 31st
Prep 30m Cook 1h 15m Additional - Ready In 1h 45m
Servings 12 servings Calories 260.7

There is a vast difference between the chili you cook and serve on its own and the chili that you slap on a chili dog. The texture and taste have to compliment the dog using smaller amounts so it won’t explode all over your face. This chili is our perfect double-dog-dare-you chili for use on hot dogs. Yes, they are hot dogs, not franks. Franks lived in France from the third to the fifth century on the banks of the Rhine River. If you must call them something other than hot dogs, try ‘weinahs,’ that works for us in the north.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 3 dried ancho chiles, stems removed but seeds left in
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 3 slices thick-cut bacon, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons bacon drippings
  • 1 white onion, diced
  • 1 sweet red onion, diced
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 cups boiling water
  • 2 pounds ground beef chuck
  • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
  • 2 packets low-sodium beef bouillon granules
  • ¼ cup spicy brown mustard
  • ¼ cup dark red chili powder
  • ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ cup ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons adobo seasoning with cumin
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • ¼ cup masa harina, or as needed
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Place ancho chiles into 1 cup boiling water and set aside until softened, about 15 minutes. While chiles are soaking, place bacon in a large saucepan and cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain excess grease but reserve 2 tablespoons bacon drippings in the pan.
  2. 2 Cook and stir white and red onion in bacon drippings with bacon over medium heat with a pinch of salt until onions are translucent, about 5 minutes; stir in garlic and cook until softened, about 1 more minute. Pour in 3 cups boiling water and stir in beef chuck, mixing the meat with the water to break it apart. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low.
  3. 3 Stir in tomato paste and beef bouillon granules until the granules dissolve; allow mixture to simmer while you complete remaining steps.
  4. 4 Place soaked ancho chiles and their liquid, spicy brown mustard, chili powder, Worcestershire sauce, cumin, garlic powder, adobo seasoning, and paprika into a blender and blend until smooth; pour mixture into the chili. Use a little water to dissolve remaining mixture in blender and pour into the chili.
  5. 5 Bring chili to a slow boil over medium-low heat and stir in kidney beans and masa harina. Reduce heat to low; allow to simmer until thick and the flavors have blended, at least 45 more minutes. Season with salt and black pepper. If chili is too thin, mix in more masa harina.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 260.7
  • Carbohydrate 20.4 g
  • Cholesterol 49.4 mg
  • Fat 12.5 g
  • Fiber 6.3 g
  • Protein 19 g
  • Saturated Fat 4.2 g
  • Sodium 469.8 mg
  • Sugar 3.8 g

Chef's Notes

I always start out with the goal to make a batch and freeze some of it but before the chili is even finished, I have people standing around the kitchen staring into the pot asking "When will it be ready?" So I never have leftovers of this chili. Spoon it over your hot dogs and it should have a thick enough consistency to coat the top of the dog nicely but not slob all over you while you eat it.


  1. As described, delicious delicious and nutritious. For the review about getting a can of Chili instead… on your palate. Their are a lot of ingredients, but you know it was your constant complaints in the kitchen that ruined your family’s opinion. Stick with fast food if you can’t adventure.
  2. Never before has so much work and expense gone into something so mediocre. My family said "next time just buy a can of chili." I agree with them.
  3. This Hot Dog Chili really works well. I found the other review confusing. I used slab thick cut bacon so that might have given me the edge with the bacon flavor. I also used beef bouillon packets not cubes. The cubes have a lot more salt. Maybe this was why I just didn't have the - Read more ...
  4. As the first reviewer I feel really REALLY bad but we did not like this at all...The concept was great and I had high hopes but it fell short for us. We felt it had a bitter after taste and it was very salty (I didn't even use the salt at the end). I also - Read more ...

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