Thursday, June 24, 2021

Baked Chili Cheese Dogs

Chili cheese dogs are a summertime favorite, and it’s so easy to make a big batch at once. Take them from oven to table in under an hour!

This is such a great recipe for parties, picnics, game day, or a busy weeknight!

I love that these baked chili cheese dogs are ready to go straight out of the oven, and they’re a great way to use up any leftover chili.

Want more quick and easy meal ideas? You can’t go wrong with pigs in a blanket or sloppy joes, and my stuffed bomb recipes make enough to feed a crowd.

chili cheese dogs on a plate

Chili Cheese Dogs - Ingredient Notes

  • Buns - I recommend using high-quality, thick buns to prevent these from falling apart. I prefer these ones from Pepperidge Farms since they won’t tip over and are sturdy enough to support all of the toppings.
  • Hot Dogs - The Ballpark beef variety are the perfect size, in my opinion, and have a fantastic flavor. Feel free to use whichever you prefer, just be sure they match the size of your buns so everything is balanced.
  • Cheese - Bagged shreds are fine in a pinch, but they tend to have a waxy texture from the anti-caking agents. I highly recommend shredding a fresh block of cheddar, and you can freeze extra for future recipes.

Baked Chili Cheese Dogs Ingredients

Serving Suggestions

Pair these baked chili cheese dogs with any of your favorite cookout sides like potato or pasta salads, french fries, or coleslaw.

Want more toppings? You can’t go wrong with the classics like ketchup, mustard, pickle relish, and more red onion. Or, pile them extra high with green onion, sour cream, and crumbled bacon.

Even some of my homemade cheese sauce or honey mustard would taste great, and a drizzle of this copycat Big Mac sauce will add a little extra zip!

placing a hot dog on a bun

Kitchen Tools You Will Need

  • 9x13 Baking Dish - This set is one of my favorites! It comes with a lid for easy storage and is great for casseroles too.
  • Heavy Duty Aluminum Foil - This is thicker and sturdier than regular foil, meaning it won’t tear as easily.
  • Box Grater - As much as I love buying bagged shreds because it’s easier, freshly grated cheese melts down so much smoother and tastes better too.
  • A Spatula makes it easier to get the dogs out of the dish without burning your fingers.

FAQ - Common Recipe Questions

Can I use canned chili instead?

Absolutely! I would recommend using a thick or chunky variety, since excess liquid will just create a soggy mess.

Grab whatever sounds good, whether it has meat, is strictly beans, or includes peppers to make it extra spicy.

baked chili cheese dogs topping with cheese

What if I can’t fit all of the baked chili dogs in one pan?

If you find that it’s hard to get them all in the same pan, either split them between two smaller pans or cook fewer at a time.

When working in batches, transfer the finished ones to a plate and tent with foil to keep them warm while you finish the rest.

chili cheese dogs on a spatula

Can I make baked chili cheese dogs ahead of time?

These are best eaten the same day. You can store leftovers in the refrigerator for about a day, but they will start to get soggy from the toppings.


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Baked Chili Cheese Dogs on a plate

Yield: 8
Author: Donna Elick
Baked Chili Cheese Dogs

Baked Chili Cheese Dogs

Chili cheese dogs are a summertime favorite, and it’s so easy to make a big batch at once. Take them from oven to table in under an hour!
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 35 MinTotal time: 45 Min


  • 8 high quality hot dog buns
  • 1 15 ounce package bun-size beef hot dogs (8)
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1 cup chili, homemade or canned
  • 1/4 cup red onion, diced (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic (about 2 garlic cloves)
  • red onion
  • pickle relish
  • ketchup
  • mustard


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Line a 9”x13” pan with aluminum foil and lightly spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  3. Place hot dog buns in the pan and evenly disperse 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese inside the buns.
  4. Next, place a hot dog inside of each bun. Evenly disperse 1 cup of chili across the top of each hot dog. Add red onion if desired.
  5. Melt butter and stir in minced garlic. Brush over the hot dog buns.
  6. Top each hot dog with the remaining cheddar cheese. Tent with foil and bake for 30-35 minutes or until cheese is melted on top.
  7. Remove hot dogs from the pan with a spatula and serve promptly with additional toppings, if desired.

Baked Chili Cheese Dogs close up

Originally published June 2021

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  1. This looks fun and easy! Can't wait to try them. I'll share a pic when I do. Thanks!

  2. Very good! Made them tonight for dinner and was a quick, easy recipe! Dinner on the table in 30 minutes or less is my kind of thing!

    Next time I’ll coat the inside of the bins with Mayo/relish mix, but that’s personal preference. The recipe is very good as is!


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