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Chili Hot Dogs

Hey, everyone, it’s your grill-master AB, and today I’m going to share one of my absolute favorites: Flavor-packed chili dogs. This is the perfect treat for any occasion, but it’s especially great when you’re firing up the grill. Whether you’re serving them up for a game day, a backyard BBQ, or a quick dinner, this chili dog recipe is going to blow your mind. So, let’s dive in and make this culinary masterpiece together!


For the Chili:

  • 1 lb. Ground Beef
  • AB’s Burger Rub
  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • Chili Powder
  • Ground Cinnamon
  • W Sauce
  • Mustard
  • Chicken stock (for desired thickness)

For the Chili Dogs:

  • Hot dog buns
  • Beef franks
  • Sliced red onions
  • Mayonnaise (optional)
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Green onions

Step 1: Making the Chili

We’re kicking things off with the star of our chili dogs – the chili! I like my chili smooth and velvety, so I start by finely breaking down a pound of ground beef in my trusty cast-iron skillet. Remember, the finer the better for the perfect texture.

Step 2: Spice it up

Now, we get to the exciting part – the spices. Add 2 tablespoons of chili powder and a pinch of cinnamon. Trust me, the hint of cinnamon is the secret weapon that elevates the flavor of your chili. Next, throw in 2 cloves of minced garlic to bring out that fantastic aroma.

Step 3: Building the Base

Now, it’s time to create the base for our epic chili. We’re adding 1 cup of roasted tomato sauce for that rich, savory kick. Don’t forget the 2 tablespoons of yellow mustard to add a zesty tang and W sauce. But wait, there’s more! To achieve your desired thickness, you can thin it out with chicken stock.

Step 4: Cook it down and Taste

Simmer your chili to the desired thickness, and don’t forget to taste along the way. If you want a little extra sweetness, add a bit of brown sugar to round out the flavors. Adjust it to your liking because this chili is going to be the heart and soul of your chili dogs.

Step 5: Grill the Perfect Dogs

Now, let’s talk about the dogs themselves. Fire up your grill and grill those beef franks to perfection. Don’t hesitate to get those perfect grill marks; they add a fantastic smoky flavor to your chili dog.

Step 6: Assembly

Here’s where the magic happens. Take your hot dog buns and generously spread some mayonnaise inside. Then, insert that delicious grilled frank right into the bun.

Top it with the glorious chili you’ve made, and don’t be shy about it. Next, comes the shredded cheddar cheese, the red onions for a zing, and a sprinkle of green onions for that crisp freshness.

Step 7: Savor Every Bite

Now, you can’t resist any longer; it’s time to dig in. The crunch of the hot dog, the savory chili, the melted cheese, and the zesty toppings create a taste sensation like no other. Trust me; your taste buds will be forever grateful!

There you have it, folks – my flavor-packed chili dogs that will make your grill sessions legendary. Whether you’re new to my channel or a long-time subscriber, I appreciate your support. Remember to like, subscribe, and share this recipe with your fellow food enthusiasts. You can find the complete recipe details in the description below.

Thank you for joining me on this flavor-packed journey. We’re out, y’all! Peace.

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Chili Hot Dog

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  1. Heat Grill to medium-high. Cook ground beef in a skillet on medium, breaking up into tiny pieces. 

  2. Stir in garlic, burger rub, chili powder, and cinnamon; cook for about a minute

  3. Add tomato sauce, yellow mustard, brown sugar, and Worcestershire sauce and simmer until slightly thickened. 

  4. Grill hot dogs and buns, then spoon some chili on top. Add your cheese and onions as a topping and Enjoy! 

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