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Easy Chili for Hot Dogs

by Laura

If I’m not have my hot dog the basic way I like it, with ketchup and relish, then I like to have it with chili and cheese. Now you can go the easy route and open up and can and chili and heat it up. Or you can grab a pound of ground beef. Then you can make up a batch of this easy chili for hot dogs.

Now this will take you about 15 minutes to make, but it is well worth the extra time. This chili is ground beef only, not beans included. This can also be called coney sauce. A true chili dog has a more runny sauce. A coney dog has a sauce like this made with just beef and is very thick.

The stuff to make this coney sauce is stuff you probably have on hand. YOu need some spices in addition to some tomato paste, ketchup, soy sauce, water, and cornstarch. The cornstarch helps keep the sauce or chili thick.

As far as the spices go you have your basic salt and pepper in addition to chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, ground mustard, and ground cumin. Once your beef is cook, you just add in the other ingredients and give it about 5 minutes to simmer. This is what marries all of those spices together for this delicious easy chili for hot dogs.

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Easy Chili for Hot Dogs

  • Author: Laura
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups 1x


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 2 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp galic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground mustard
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 3/4 cup water plus 2 Tbsp water, divided
  • 2 tsp cornstarch


  1. In a skillet brown the ground beef. Drain off any excess grease.
  2. Add in the ketchup, tomato paste, soy sauce, salt, pepper, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, ground mustard, ground cumin, and 3/4 cup of water. Stir to combine well. Allow to simmer for 5 minutes.
  3. In a small bowl combine the 2 Tbsp of water with the 2 tsp of cornstarch. Add into the chili mixture. Allow to simmer for another 2-3 minutes until thickened. Serve over hot dogs along with shredded cheese and diced onion. This makes enough chili for 8 hot dogs.


  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Beef
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American
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Recipe adapted from The Anthony Kitchen.

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