Chili and Cheese Dogs, Happy National Hot Dog Day!

Most of my blogging friends are on a hot dog roll this month. It's killing my diet plans.

Wait what diet plans?! Carrie you clearly are not on any special diet when you are posting butter laden treats all month.

This girl loves her a hot dog. I have had them TWICE this week. And I blame Deborah.
I am quite particular with my hot dogs. I like them 2 ways and normally only one brand will fly in this house.

1st, Schonlands. The only brand you will find in my house. My mother drilled that into me as a kid. It's all she buys and it's all I will ever buy. I like a good snap when I bite through the casing. YUM. And when they grill up on my god. So good and crispy!

2nd way, is a steamed hot dog from my favorite hot dog truck in Concord NH. Puppy Love. All you locals know what I'm talking about. Back in the day Puppy love had a truck in my home town of Plymouth. I have so many memories of getting lunch with my Nana or Mom there. When I was in high school. They moved to Concord. Luckily for me I moved there as well after graduation.

On a nice day I take my kids down to Puppy love and we walk around Main St. Concord with our dogs in hand. It's a huge treat for them... and for me!

My all time favorite way to eat a hot dog is smothered in chili and cheese.

When we go to puppy love my husband always orders their chili and cheese dogs which are smothered in some sort of canned chili product (yuk) and neon yellow nacho cheese. As much as I loooooove me some puppy love I can't do that stuff on top.

So I started making them at home with my chili (specially made just for dogs) and my own cheese sauce.

Sprinkle some sliced scallions and jalapenos on top and I am fat and happy.

OR better yet put some coleslaw on top of that chili HOLY YUM!

To make my chili for hot dogs I want something that isn't super chunky. Its a condiment after all. We also use this chili as a dip, or on top of fries.

Chili for Hot Dogs:


1 16 oz can of crushed tomatoes
1 cup of black beans
1 lb of lean hamburger
1 tbs of chili powder
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp salt
1 clove of minced garlic
1 jalapeno diced
2 tbs of dehydrated minced onion
1 tsp balsamic vinegar


In a fry pan brown your beef, cook through completely breaking the pieces up with your spatula. You don't want big hunks of hamburg.

Drain grease from your hamburger and add it into a large sauce pan with the rest of your ingredients. Simmer on medium heat for 30 minutes.  Slop on top of your hot dog!

For your Cheese Sauce:


2 tbs of butter
2 tbs of flour
1 cup of milk
1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 cup of shredded American Cheese
1/4 tsp salt


In a sauce pan add butter and flour whisk together to create a paste, Slowly whisk in milk.

One it is combined add in cheese and salt. Mix on low heat until it has thickened and smooth.

Drizzle over hot dogs.



  1. I'm so glad I'm not the only one fighting the cravings for hot dogs. I had to go out and buy all the things for hot dogs this week - it was ridiculous. So now they're in my house…I must eat them. And these are so on the list now too. Sooo, thanks for that.

  2. I saw Deborah's posts too and boy, did it make me crave hot dogs! My Hubby loves chili cheese version. You just reminded me, it's time to add them to my grocery list :) Have a sweet day, Carrie!

    1. I made her Mexican ones last week... and then I made these! Her posts all looked fabulous!

    2. Havent seen the recipe but being Mexican, I love my dogs with pico and avocado.-Eva Courtney

  3. Well, shoot, I forgot it was National Hot Dog Day, and yours look so yummy, too. I'll have to celebrate later in the week. :)

  4. Don't hate me, but I actually love the cheapest hotdogs. I don't know if it is because that is what I grew up with but, anything else just tastes funny to me:-) I must say for this ketchup and mustard only girl, you have me drooling over the melty cheese on the last shot!!! It sure does look good!!!

    1. Hahaha I can't eat them! My husband loves Oscar Myer's YUK!

  5. Oh my... I've never seen a hotdog look so good!
    I think I might have to make it up to both the hotdog and myself for forgetting hotdog-day, and make some extra yummy hotdogs!
    I think I might try that chilli recipe with some rice or potatoes and a nice green salad!
    Thanks for the inspiration!
    (aka OldeSarah)

  6. Holy HOT DOGS!!! This looks positively delicious. I haven't made hot dogs in quite sometime, but THANK YOU for reminding me to do so. It's on the g-store list.

  7. Yum! These look so good! What a great combo!

  8. I love a hot dog with jalapenos! I was at dodger stadium a few weeks ago and they have a hot dog with jalapenos & mac n cheese on it. I died.

    1. I just died reading this! I must have that combo.... soon!

  9. Yum! I'm not a huge hot dog eater but this looks delicious....any kind you recommend? I love Applegates...and with this topping, it might be a coming soon meal! PS - Be sure to enter the Healthy Request giveaway on my blog....good stuff!

  10. I have no idea about any of these national holidays - probably a good thing or I`d be humungous! Love your photos!

  11. Yummy! I haven't had a hot dog in months... but this looks too good to resist!