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Oven Baked Chili Cheese Hot Dogs

In this post I’ll be sharing an easy meal recipe of Oven Baked Chili Cheese Hot Dogs.

Chili cheese dogs couldn’t be any easier to prepare than to pop them in the oven to bake.

Perhaps this hot dog bake is more of a method to put together an easy meal than a recipe….but that depends on what you choose to use.

The convenience of a store bought canned chili will appeal to some and other folks will want homemade chili sauce.

For my family the best chili cheese dogs are going to be made with my homemade Southern hot dog chili sauce. It’s one of my signature dishes after all.

When I make a batch of hot dog meat sauce you can bet there’s going to be plenty for me to portion out and freeze. That makes it super easy to enjoy chili dogs anytime.

Baked Cheesy Dogs

Oven Baked Chili Cheese Hot Dogs in a casserole dish

Doesn’t that look good y’all with that ooey gooey cheese melted on top? YUM!

What goes with chili dogs?

  • Condiments like mustard, ketchup or mayonnaise
  • Toppings like coleslaw, pickle relish, sauerkraut, onions or pickles
  • Sides like chips, fries, side salad, or baked beans

Chili Cheese Dog Bake

How to cook hot dogs in the oven

Y’all, lemme tell ya a funny little story. I don’t usually use whole wheat hot dog buns, not that there’s anything wrong with them.

I prefer the regular ole kind with a middle split so the hot dog stands upright without tipping over.

So I send the mister to the store for me to grab buns and that is what he picks up. He almost always get the whatever it is that I don’t usually use.

I have lots of stories of his store trips but I’ll just save those for another time. He cracks me up y’all!

Southern Chili Cheese Hot Dog Bake

Hot dog casserole topped with Southern chili sauce and cheese

Place the buns in a rectangle baking dish with a weenie in each one. The type of hot dog wiener you like will work just fine. We seem to prefer the Nathan’s beef franks.

Next, add a generous helping of your chili sauce to the top of each one.

Baked Chili Cheese Dogs

Chili and Cheese Hot Dogs oven baked with cheddar

Finish it off with a sprinkling of grated cheese. I love cheddar and that’s what I had on hand.

What is the best cheese for chili cheese dogs? The one that you like best will work just fine. I suggest Cheddar, Monterrey Jack, Pepper Jack or American.

As long as it is a good melty type of cheese it should be just fine.

How to Cook Hot Dogs in the Oven

Oven baked hot dogs with Southern chili and cheese

Place your chili cheese dog “casserole” into a hot oven to hang out until everything is heated through and the cheese is nicely melted.

If you’re worried about the buns toasting too much you can cover will foil if you like while it bakes.

How long do you cook hot dogs in the oven? I go for twenty minutes but as long as everything is heated through and your cheese is melted then you’re golden.

Below you will find the printable recipe card for making this easy and delicious chili cheese dog family dinner.

Just past that I will also include a few more recipes you might enjoy along with the recipe cards for both version of my hot dog chili sauce in case you missed those links above.

Oven Baked Chili Cheese Hot Dogs

Yield: 8 Baked Cheesy Chili Dogs

Oven Baked Chili Cheese Hot Dogs

Oven baked hot dogs with Southern chili and cheese

Oven Baked Chili Cheese Hot Dogs are a fun and delicious family dinner that is easy to prepare and everyone will love.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 8 Hot Dog Buns
  • 8 Hot Dog Wieners
  • 1 cup of Southern Hot Dog Chili Sauce (or hot dog sauce of choice)
  • 1½ cups of Shredded Cheddar Cheese (or cheese of choice)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (176°C)
  2. Arrange the hot dog buns in a rectangle baking dish. Place a wiener in each bun the top with chili sauce and cheese.
  3. Bake 20 minutes, or until heated through and cheese has melted.


Cover with foil while baking to prevent buns toasting, if preferred.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 444Total Fat: 27gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 64mgSodium: 604mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 1gSugar: 6gProtein: 20g

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Julia’s Signature Hot Dog Chili

Yield: 1.5 pounds of Chili

Julia's Southern Hot Dog Chili Sauce

Julia's Southern Hot Dog Chili Sauce

Delicious Southern style hot dog chili sauce is the perfect topping for hot dogs. Everyone enjoys my signature recipe for hot dog chili and I know you will too.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Active Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes


  • 1.5 lbs Ground Beef
  • 1/8 c Ketchup
  • 1 tsp Hot Sauce
  • ½ Medium Onion Minced (Keep the other half as a condiment for the Hot Dogs)
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder
  • ½ tsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • ¼ c Beer (optional)
  • 3-4 c Water
  • ½ tsp Paprika
  • Pinch Sugar
  • 2 tbs Chili Powder
  • 2 tbs Tomato Paste


  1. Cover the ground beef with water and break up the meat completely. Next, add the beer (if using), diced onion, Worcestershire, ketchup, hot sauce sauce and spices and start on Medium High to bring to a rapid boil.
  2. Reduce and simmer. You can cook it down faster if needed on a higher temperature, just until most water is reduced. Stir occasionally.
  3. When water is reduced, add tomato paste to thicken. Stir to incorporate.
  4. Serve as a hot dog topping.
  5. Leftover chili sauce freezes well.


Please not that the seasonings will intensify as the liquid cooks away. Taste shortly before planning to serve then adjust seasonings if necessary.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

about a tablespoon

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 81Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 153mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 8g
Yield: 1 pound of meat sauce

Skillet Hot Dog Chili Sauce Recipe

Classic Southern style hot dog topped with chili sauce

Quick and easy skillet hot dog chili sauce perfectly seasoned. Your family will love this fast hot dog chili topping.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 1 lb. Ground Beef (Ground Chuck preferably)
  • 1/4 c Diced Onion
  • 1 tbsp. Chili Powder
  • 1/2 tbsp. Hot Mexican Style Chili Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1 tbsp. Tomato Paste
  • 1/2 c Beef Stock
  • Dash of Worcestershire Sauce
  • Dash of Cayenne Pepper (optional)


  1. Add the ground beef to a shot skillet and break apart; add the diced onion and cook until the meat has browned and cooked through.
  2. Next, add the seasonings and stir to combine.
  3. Add the tomato paste to the meat mixture and stir to incorporate well then add the beef stock and Worcestershire sauce. Continue to simmer, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes until the sauce has thickened.
  4. Serve the chili sauce on top of hot dogs.


Leftover chili sauce can be frozen and re-heated another time.

If you prefer less spiciness, use all chili powder instead of the hot Mexican style chili powder.

Hot dog wieners can be prepared by boiling, grilling or sautéing in a skillet. The skillet method adds additional flavor. Serve hot dog wieners in a hot dog bun topped with chili sauce, favorite condiment (mustard or ketchup) along with other preferred toppings.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 168Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 50mgSodium: 286mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 16g

Oven Baked Chili Cheese Hot Dogs

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Miz Helen

Tuesday 9th of March 2021

Love these "Dogs" a great recipe! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday,526. Have a great week and come back soon! Miz Helen


Thursday 4th of March 2021

What a fun and easy dinner idea!

Julia Jordan

Friday 5th of March 2021

Thanks Carlee!

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