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Easy Crock Pot Hot Dog Chili Recipe

Hey Y’all! Please allow me to share a recipe with ya that is gonna make your taste buds dance! It’s my easy Crock Pot Hot Dog Chili recipe and you are gonna love it for your chili dogs, my friend!

Now, I reckon we all got those days when we need something hearty, something easy, and something downright delicious, right? Am I right?

Well, honey, let me introduce you to my Crock Pot Hot Dog Chili! It’s like a big ole hug for your belly. Many of you have shared how much you love my old fashioned Southern hot dog chili and my skillet chili, so I know you are gonna adore this crock pot recipe too.

It’s so simple to prepare, even the busiest bee in the kitchen can whip it up without breaking a sweat. Since it is simmers up in your slow cooker, you can take it along to share at those spring and summer cookouts, church socials, and family gatherings.

So grab your crock pot, round up them seven simple ingredients, and get ready to savor every spoonful of this cozy comfort food!

Slow Cooker Chili Dogs

Southern hot dog chili on a couple of hot dogs with brioche buns, fries, pickles and diced onion

Lawdy y’all! Doesn’t that make your mouth water? I sure do love a good ole chili dog! I like mine with a bit of yellow mustard, homemade chili for hot dogs, and a bit of diced onion. What do you like on yours?

Folks around here also like to top hot dogs with coleslaw, which is quite delicious.

Other favorite toppings for hot dogs might include: Coney sauce (depending on where you live), mustard, ketchup, pickle relish (sweet or dill), onions, sauerkraut, cheese, chili, jalapenos or other peppers, hot sauce, slaw, and whatever else you might want to throw on there. Make it your own, honey!

Let me share a wonderful tip with you. When you make your dog the way you want it, wrap it up in parchment or aluminum foil and let it hang out a minute. That softens that bun and that hot dog will taste like it came from your favorite hot dog stand.

Homemade Hot Dog Chili Recipe

Ingredients for preparing hot dog chili in the Crock Pot

Here’s what you’ll need to make Julia’s Southern Crock Pot Hot Dog Chili Recipe:

  • Ground Beef: I do prefer a lean minced ground beef mix for this slow cooker recipe.
  • Yellow Onion
  • Good Quality Chili Powder: I say good quality because they are not all the same. I recommend McCormick’s chili powder for preparing hot dog chili.
  • Salt and Black Pepper
  • Beef Stock
  • Ketchup

How is that for a simple list of ingredients? Even though this isn’t quite the same as my old school hot dog chili, it is still an old fashioned way to prepare it. This is the type of chili usually shared at church socials, and it is delicious.

By all means, my friend, if you wanna add other stuff then go for it. This is your perfect topping creation so make it how you want.

Oh, and don’t forget the buns! We like a nice soft bun and I used brioche hot dog buns here. 

Large skillet with ground beef cooking for hot dog chili

Crockpot Hot Dog Chili

Cooking ground beef for chili

Begin by browning the ground beef in a hot skillet. That is one of the big ways that this recipe differs from a classic prepared hot dog chili, which cooks in liquid.

Once the meat has browned and cooked through, removed any excess rendered fat from the pan.

Transfer the cooked hamburger to the crockery of your slow cooker.

Easy Hot Dog Chili Recipe

Hot dog chili simmering in a slow cooker

Next, add your diced onion and seasonings then give it a quick stir to combine everything.

The next super easy step is to add your beef stock and ketchup and give it one more stir into the seasoned meat and onion mixture.

Place the lid on the slow cooker and simmer on the low cook setting for four to six hours.

One more little tip: when I am preparing something in my Crock Pot, I place the crockery in the slow cooker and cover with the lid and pre-heat it on high then adjust the setting as needed for the rest of the cooking duration once the ingredients are added.

What to Serve with Chili Dogs

two chili dogs with fries topped with southern style hot dog chili and onions

The texture of a crock pot hot dog chili is a little different from the stove top saucy type but just as delicious and flavorful. 

What to serve with Chili Dogs?

Well, y’all, let me tell ya, when it comes to serving up some good ole chili dogs, you gotta have the perfect fixin’s to make it a real Southern feast! Here are a few ideas of sides I enjoy with a good hot dog.

Be sure to include your favorite beverages to wet your whistle. Sweet tea, iced water, or cold Coca Cola are tasty options.

So there ya have it, y’all! With these fixings by your side, you’ll have yourself a chili dog feast fit for a king!

Best Crock Pot Hot Dog Chili

Crock Pot Chili Dogs with french fries. Slow cooker hot dog chili recipe.

Below you will find the printable recipe card to make the best hot dog chili in your Crock Pot, or save it for later.

Printable Recipe Card

Yield: 2 pounds hot dog chili

Crock Pot Hot Dog Chili: Easy Slow Cooker Recipe

Easy Crock Pot Hot Dog Chili Recipe - slow cooker chili sauce topping on hot dogs served with fries

Well, y'all, let me tell ya about this here crock pot hot dog chili! It's a down-home, Southern comfort dish that'll warm you up from the inside out. It takes just a few simple ingredients then into the slow cooker to simmer away while you go about your day. Serve it up with wieners, soft hot dog buns, and your favorite toppings for chili dogs. This crock pot hot dog chili is sure to become a family favorite in no time!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 15 minutes


  • 2 pounds Lean Ground Beef
  • 1 Yellow Onion, diced
  • 2 tablespoons Chili Powder (McCormick's recommended)
  • 1½ teaspoon Kosher Salt, or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon Black Pepper, or to taste
  • 3 cups Beef Stock
  • ¼ cup Ketchup


  1. Begin by heating a large skillet over medium, then add the minced ground beef to the hot skillet and break apart cooking until browned. Drain any excess grease rendered then transfer the cooked ground beef to the crockery of your slow cooker.
  2. Next, add the diced onion, chili powder, salt and pepper and give the meat mixture a quick stir.
  3. Add the beef stock and ketchup to the seasoned meat mixture and stir.
  4. Cover the slow cooker with a lid and cook the hot dog chili on the low heat setting for 4 to 6 hours.
  5. Serve with cooked wieners, hot dog buns and favorite toppings for chili dogs (see full post for suggestions)


Leftover crock pot hot dog chili can be portioned into freezer food storage bags and frozen for other meals. Reheat gently on the stove top or in the slow cooker.

See full post for serving suggestions and other options for cooking hot dog chili in a slow cooker.

A good quality chili powder seasoning is essential to delicious hot dog chili and I highly recommend the McCormick Chili Powder for this recipe.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

2 ounces

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 146Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 50mgSodium: 319mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 17g

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Well y’all, we’ve wrapped up our crock pot hot dog chili, and I just know it’s gonna be a hit at your next gathering. Just imagine those juicy hot dogs smothered in this hearty, flavorful chili with mustard or other favorite toppings. Perhaps creamy coleslaw or melty cheese? Yum!

It’s a match made in comfort food heaven! Don’t forget to toast or warm the buns to make those chili dogs even more special.

Remember, darling, the best meals are those shared with love and a little bit of Southern flair.

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