Easy slow cooker chili for hot dogs is a total family pleaser.
Is a hot dog a sandwich if it is served on bread and eaten with two hands?
I’m not sure how a hot dog is classified, but I am sure summer wouldn’t be summer without at least one delicious hot dog topped with meat sauce, cheese and onions.
You won’t believe how easy it is to make this slow cooker hot dog chili.
The Best Hot Dogs to Top With Chili
When shopping for hot dogs, look for brands that are nitrate-free or uncured.
I’d also recommend reading the nutritional facts on the hot dog label and aiming for 150 calories or less, 3 grams of saturated fat or less, and 370 mg of sodium or less.
Two hot dogs I’ve tried and enjoyed have included Applegate Uncured Turkey Dogs and Applegate’s Great Organic Uncured Beef Hot Dog. (Not sponsored. Not an ad. I just like these hot dogs.)
Applegate is carried in most major grocery stores in case you’ve never discovered them.
When I’m trying to eat “lighter”, I opt to sub in turkey dogs and ground turkey.
However, the classic recipe calls for beef dogs and lean ground beef.
And frankly, I like the beef hot dog and chili version the best.
How to Make Slow Cooker Hot Dog Chili
To make your chili in the slow cooker, first, you will need to dice one red onion.
Dicing the onion is the only hands-on prep you need to do.
Some recipes call for white onion, but I prefer the sweetness of a red onion. Substitute a white onion if that is your preference.
Once the onion is diced and ready to go, you will add it along with the ground beef, diced tomatoes, chili powder, cumin, and black pepper to the slow cooker.
That’s it! Now all you need to do is step away and allow the chili to cook.
As you’ll note, the ground beef does not need to be browned before adding it to the crockpot.
However, since the beef cooks in the slow cooker, you’ll probably want a lean ground beef – like 95% lean. Otherwise, you will want to skim the fat off the top of the recipe before serving.
The texture of beans in a hot dog chili is just wrong, wouldn’t you agree? For that reason, this hot dog chili recipe is an all meat sauce and is made with no beans.
Once you discover how easy it is to make hot dog chili sauce in a crockpot, you’ll want to make it all summer long.
Another bonus to this great recipe is it feeds a ton of people and can easily be taken to a potluck.
In fact, if you were to invite me to a summer potluck, I’d sign up to bring this and my lemony pasta salad for a crowd.
I can guarantee you both dishes will get gobbled up.
Slow Cooker Chili for Hot Dogs Recipe
- 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1 medium red onion chopped
- 1 pinch black pepper
- 8 ounces lean ground beef
- 8 hot dogs
- 8 hot dog buns
- optional: shredded cheddar cheese for topping
Place tomatoes, chili powder, cumin, red onion, pepper, and ground beef in the crock of a slow cooker. Use a spoon and mix well - breaking apart the ground beef.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 421Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 57mgSodium: 928mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 3gSugar: 9gProtein: 22g
Nutrition information automatically calculated and may be incorrect.
In my opinion, chili dogs are best eaten outside at a BBQ or picnic, making this recipe perfect for Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day.
They are also awesome to bring for the sports team table.
What could be better than watching your favorite player while eating a chili dog?