This quick and easy Hot Dog Chili is a one-pot wonder, made with ground beef, beans, and savory spices. Perfect for topping chili dogs or chili fries!
Prep Time5 minutesminutes
Cook Time25 minutesminutes
Total Time30 minutesminutes
1 ½poundsground beef, or ground turkey
1(8 oz) can tomato paste
2(10 oz) cans Rotel
1(16 oz) can red kidney beans, drained
In a large heavy bottomed pot, like a dutch oven, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the beef, onion, and garlic, breaking apart the beef as it cooks, until beef is cooked through and no longer pink.
Stir in the brown sugar, chili powder, cumin, oregano and salt. Cook for a minute to enhance the flavors, then stir in the tomato paste, rotel, and beans, until well combined.
Bring to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes, until thickened. (Crockpot: If you want to serve this from a crockpot, you can also transfer it to a crockpot at this point and cook for an hour on high heat. Then turn heat to low until ready to serve.)
Serve as desired on top of hot dogs, chili cheese fries, or in a bowl with your favorite chili toppings.
Turn Up the Heat: For an extra kick, you can add chili powder, cayenne pepper, or hot sauce!
Extra Simmering: You can simmer this chili for an hour or more to deepen the flavors. If it starts to get dry, add some beef broth.
Crockpot: If you want to serve this from a crockpot, you can also transfer it to a crockpot once the ingredients are all combined in the pot. Cook it for an hour on HIGH, and then switch it to LOW until you’re ready to serve.
Storing: To store leftover hot dog chili, allow it to cool completely, and then scoop it into an airtight container. Refrigerate the chili for 3 - 4 days.
Reheating: To reheat, just place the desired amount in a saucepan and warm it on medium-low heat on the stove. You can also reheat it for a few seconds at a time in the microwave, stirring each time.
Freezing: To freeze, cool the chili down, portion it into freezer-safe containers, and mark with the date. Freeze for up to 3 months, and thaw the chili in the refrigerator overnight before reheating.