Chili Cheese Dog

Chili Cheese Dog

Chili cheese dogs are an American favorite.  I’ve always been a big fan of drive-in style chili cheese dog.  Places like A&W and Sonic try to replicate the old drive-in restaurants.  I am fortunate enough to have a smaller “chain” in my hometown called The Zesto.  They have the best chili cheese dog in town, hands down.  If I were to guess at their method I’d say they deep fry their hot dogs.  They then cover that with chili and cheese.

We also have a local hot dog cart that opened last year that makes an amazing coney style chili dog.  I plan to try my own version of that in the future as well as continuing to try new things with my chili.

I have never gotten to try a real Coney Island dog on Coney Island, but I have been fortunate enough to be able to try a chili cheese dog at an authentic “Chicago Dog” restaurant in Chicago, Illinois.

They are super easy to pair with any homemade chili including the Vegetarian Chili I recently made.

There are a lot of different ways to prepare a good hot dog for a chili cheese dog.  My goto is to steam the all beef hot dogs with water and beef bouillon cubes.  I love a good grilled hot dog in the summer or grill them indoors with a Ninja Foodi Air Fryer in the winter.

Chili Cheese Dog

Chili Cheese Dogs

Chili and cheese covered hot dogs on a bun
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 2
Calories 783 kcal


  • Steamer
  • Small cast iron skillet



  • Put beef boullion and 4 cups of water into the steamer and bring to boil
  • Heat chili in medium sized cast iron skillet
  • Steam hotdogs
  • When hotdogs are done, steam buns for 20 seconds
  • Remove buns and hotdogs and place hotdogs in warm hotdog buns
  • Cover with chili, onions and cheese


Calories: 783kcalCarbohydrates: 73gProtein: 41gFat: 38gSaturated Fat: 22gCholesterol: 108mgSodium: 1163mgPotassium: 1266mgFiber: 7gSugar: 24gVitamin A: 4000IUVitamin C: 434mgCalcium: 1006mgIron: 6mg
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