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Chili Cheese Dog Dip

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time45 mins
Servings: 10 -12



  • 1 small yellow onion finely diced
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 can diced tomatoes with chiles like Rotel
  • 1 tablespoon tabasco or other hot sauce
  • salt and black pepper


  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 small yellow onion finely diced
  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 2 teaspoons chili seasoning more or less to taste
  • 20 ounces tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder more to taste
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • 4 all-beef hot dogs sliced into 8 equal bite-sized pieces
  • 1 tablespoon chopped green onion
  • Serve with: tortilla chips carrots, and celery


  • First, create the cheese portion of this dip. To a large saucepan, melt the butter. Add the yellow onion and cook until tender, about 4 minutes. Whisk in the flour and cook for an additional 2 minutes. Whisk in the milk and bring to a simmer. Lower the heat to low and cook until thickened, about 2 minutes. Stir in the cheese, tomatoes with chilies, tabasco, and salt and black pepper to taste. Cover and keep warm.
  • Next, create the chili portion of this dip. Melt the butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until tender, about 4 minutes. Add the ground beef and cook until brown and cooked through, about 7 minutes. Stir in the chili seasoning, tomato sauce, ketchup, yellow mustard, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, chili powder, and salt and black pepper to taste. Stir to combine and cook over medium-low heat for about 20 minutes to allow the flavors to meld. Stir in the hot dog pieces and continue cooking for 2-3 minutes or until heated through. Remove from heat and transfer to a large serving bowl.
  • Swirl the cheese sauce into the chili, creating a swirl-like design. Alternatively, you may fold the cheese sauce completely into the chili. Garnish with fresh green onions and serve with tortilla chips, celery, and carrots. Enjoy!