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Homemade Hot Dog Chili

This tangy hot dog chili is the perfect topping for hot dogs, brats and hamburgers. Once you try it, you'll never eat canned chili again
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 227 kcal


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/2 to 2/3 cup water or beef broth
  • 1 medium Vidalia onion or sweet onion finely diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic finely diced
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1 Tablespoon prepared yellow mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce


  1. Place lean ground beef in a bowl and cover with water or broth. Use a wooden spoon or your hands to break up the beef. Set aside.

  2. Over medium heat, saute diced onion and garlic in olive oil in a large saute pan or Dutch oven.
  3. Once the onion and garlic are soft, add the ground beef and water to the pan. Cook about 5 minutes, until the beef is no longer pink on the outside.
  4. Add ketchup, mustard, salt, pepper, chili powder and Worcestershire sauce.

  5. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring frequently, until mixture has thickened and reduced and the beef is cooked through.
Nutrition Facts
Homemade Hot Dog Chili
Amount Per Serving
Calories 227 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 46mg15%
Sodium 1019mg44%
Potassium 561mg16%
Carbohydrates 23g8%
Sugar 18g20%
Protein 17g34%
Vitamin A 610IU12%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 28mg3%
Iron 2.4mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.