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4 Chili Dogs on a sheet pan

Chili Dog with Wagyu Ground Beef, Cheddar Cheese, and Sweet Onions

Savory ground beef chili with an American Wagyu hot dog topped with diced sweet onions and sharp cheddar cheese.
Course Entree
Cuisine American
Keyword chili cheese dog, chili dog, hot dog chili, hot dog chili recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Grill Time 5 minutes
Servings 4 people
Cost $20.00


For the Hot Dogs

  • 4 Hot Dogs (We use Snake River Farms)
  • 4 Brioche hot dog buns
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 1/4 cup diced sweet onion (white onion works also)
  • 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese

For the Hot Dog Chili

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2/3 cup finely diced sweet onion (white onion works also)
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely diced
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon coarse black pepper
  • 1 15 oz can tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/3 cup pilsner or lager beer
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt to taste at finish


  • Prepare grill for direct cooking with targeted temperature of 450 degrees F.
  • Over medium heat in a 3 quart dutch oven, add olive oil and diced onions. Saute over medium heat for 6 - 8 minutes or until soft. Adjust heat as needed to soften, but not caramelize the onions.
  • Add garlic and stir for 1 minute.
  • Add ground beef, salt and pepper. Turn up heat until you hear the beef searing and stir. Stir and cook until the meat browns, approximately 6 minutes. If there is a lot of liquid from the fat rendering, drain it out of the pan without loosing the mixture.
  • Add the tomato sauce, paste, beer, Worcestershire, chili powder and mustard. Stir to incorporate and bring to a simmer. Continue at a simmer for 20 minutes to let the chili mixture thicken. Adjust heat as needed to keep a low simmer.
  • As the chili simmers, place the hot dogs on the grill over direct heat. Because hot dogs are precooked, they will cook quickly. Cook the hot dogs 2-3 minutes and flip once. Continue grilling for 2 more minutes and remove from the grill.

Making the Chili Dogs

  • Place the grilled hot dogs into the brioche hot dog bun.
  • Spoon warm chili onto the hot dog.
  • Add shredded cheese and diced sweet onions.
  • Optional toppings: Yellow mustard, diced chives