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Chili Cheese Dogs in the Slow Cooker or Oven

chili dogs; filling, easy to make and everyone loves them on game day! slow cooker, insta pot, pressure cooker, crockpot, superbowl ohsweetbasil.com

It’s almost here and I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess that grocery stores are going to be busy this weekend while everyone grabs all of their snackity snacks for the Super Bowl. If you don’t have yours picked out yet may I suggest chorizo dip (queso fundido), these 20 super bowl ideas, 10 healthier snacks for the superbowl or any of these 50 dips! I could go on and but instead why don’t you just come over to my facebook page where I’ve been and while continue to post great ideas for the super bowl. And if you don’t have facebook, no worries I have a gameday board on pinterest. But first, everyone needs something other than chips and dip so here’s how to make chili cheese dogs in the slow cooker or oven  for a party.

chili dogs; filling, easy to make and everyone loves them on game day! slow cooker, insta pot, pressure cooker, crockpot, superbowl ohsweetbasil.com

I know everyone is talking about snacks and dips and I’m all over it as well, but I’ve changed my opinions on game day food. I’m all about the dips, but I’m also in love with having a few lighter options like fruit and dip, veggie tray, pinwheels, and I’m sold on having real food as well. Chips and dip and bacon wrapped weenies can only go so far before you all feel a little gross and yet strangely not satisfied.

chili dogs; filling, easy to make and everyone loves them on game day! slow cooker, insta pot, pressure cooker, crockpot, superbowl ohsweetbasil.com

Our friends, Jed and Nalani always had a group over for the Super Bowl and I so very much appreciated that there was always such a variety and there was always something a little more substantial like, sandwiches, meatballs and more. We all get so excited for the snacks that we tend to skip meals, and that’s never fun or good as you’ll tend to eat more of the junk. Surprisingly, chili dogs aren’t that bad for you. You can buy turkey dogs and even use ground turkey to lighten things up a little if you’ve like it.

chili dogs; filling, easy to make and everyone loves them on game day! slow cooker, insta pot, pressure cooker, crockpot, superbowl ohsweetbasil.com

This particular recipe comes from a blog friend who was kind enough to pass on her mom’s secrets to us! We have to admit, the chili was dang good, and sure enough, even better over hot dogs with cheese!  And guess what? You can easily make this all in the slow cooker, add the hot dogs and cook until guests arrive and then let them pull out their own dog, top with the chili they were cooked in and add toppings of choice. Or, if you don’t even want to deal with that you can prep everything and then just a little bit before guests arrive stick the hot dogs in buns, line up on a baking sheet or in a dish, top with chili and cheese and as guests are arriving have the dogs baking in a 350 degree oven util the cheese is melted. Pull them out and let everyone grab a dog right away!

chili dogs; filling, easy to make and everyone loves them on game day! slow cooker, insta pot, pressure cooker, crockpot, superbowl ohsweetbasil.com

Everyone gets a real meal with little effort! And thank you, thank you to Katrina for the fantastic recipe!!

Are Hot Dogs Fully Cooked?

Hot dogs are fully cooked.

Does Chili Have Beans?

This totally depends on where you are from.

Some areas would never dream of putting beans in chili.

In other areas, beans are a regular ingredient in chili.

Are Hot Dogs Made With Beef?

Hot dogs are made of pork, beef, or veal.

Often, hot dogs are made from a combination of pork and beef.

Chili Cheese Dogs in the Slow Cooker or Oven

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Chili Cheese Dogs in the Slow Cooker or Oven

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 6 -8 servings
chili dogs in the slow cooker or oven are so easy and delicious


  • 1 1/2 cups of minced hydrated onions - soaked & drained we used 3/4 cup, and yes use dry onions you've rehydrated by soaking in water for 10 minutes
  • 1/2 cup of finely chopped CELERY secret ingredient....and the smaller the chop, the better....
  • 1/4 cup of butter
  • 1 1/2 lbs. ground beef/hamburger meat
  • 3 TBsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice yes, only fresh
  • 1 pkg. McCormick's Mild Chili Seasoning
  • 1 tsp. regular yellow jar mustard
  • 29 oz. tomato sauce
  • 1 1/2 TBsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp. of salt
  • 4 TBsp. of brown sugar

for the dogs

  • 1 package hot dogs
  • Buns for hot dogs
  • Colby Jack Cheese shredded


  • Melt butter in a medium pan over medium heat.
  • Add the celery and onions and cook until tender, about 3-5 minutes.
  • In separate pan, brown the ground beef & drain the grease.
  • Place in a large stock pot or slow cooker, add the onions and celery and all remaining ingredients and simmer for one hour or cook on low or warm for a few hours, like 3-4. *see note for further instructions*
  • Place hot dogs in their buns, top with chili, then cheese and place under a broiler to melt.


If you'd like to prep everything in the slow cooker and have it ready for guests you can wrap the hot dogs in a napkin, microwave for 20 seconds to get rid of some of the grease, then add them into the slow cooker with the chili to simmer for an hour on low or warm. Serve when guests arrive.
Or if you make the chili in a stock pot and don't wish to add the dogs, just assemble the chili dogs in a baking pan or on a baking sheet, top with cheese and bake at 350 for 10 minutes or broil for 1 minute once guests arrive. Everything will be done all at once!
Nutrition Facts
Chili Cheese Dogs in the Slow Cooker or Oven
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 482 Calories from Fat 279
% Daily Value*
Fat 31g48%
Saturated Fat 14g88%
Trans Fat 2g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 12g
Cholesterol 101mg34%
Sodium 1183mg51%
Potassium 1024mg29%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 20g22%
Protein 23g46%
Vitamin A 956IU19%
Vitamin C 24mg29%
Calcium 96mg10%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Perfect recipe. It taste so good to me. My son and husband loved it.

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    • That’s great, thank you!

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  • The flavor is good, no doubt about that but I kind of feel like I’ve been tricked into making sloppy joe mix. 🙁 Disappointing to say the least when I was hoping for some delicious homemade chili. The taste is just so similar to sloppy joes.

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    • I’m sorry you feel that way Joleen. You can always amp up the spices, but with two littel girls and myself that don’t really like crazy spicy chili recipes this is what hits the spot for us.

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  • Love all your recipes please send me more .Thanks.

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  • Wow! What a great flavor! I never want to eat canned chili again. Thanks for sharing.

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    • we literally never do anymore. Homemade is too good!

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  • Damn, I bet these are messy to it, love it 😀

    The photos are absolutely gorgeous as well!

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    • haha, Thanks Scott!

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  • You don’t say how many hours to have it in the slow cooker? If I want to cook it on high how many hours should I leave it in?:) These really look delicious, there a favorite of my boyfriends;).

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    • oh shoot! I’ll fix that. You really only need like an hour on high.

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      • Wow wonderfully quick! Thank you!

  • Drooling right now for these chili dogs! I can’t get these on my plate fast enough 🙂

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  • pretty sure I gained 30lbs just looking at this, but I loved every second of it.

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    • haha, that’s seriously what I thought making them.

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  • I love chilli cheese dogs! I would have them every day if I could, you recipe looks amazing

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  • So smart to do them in the oven! Chili dogs are always a hit!

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  • Holy cow! I could eat two of those right now. Great football food 🙂

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  • LOVE it & you’re very welcome.


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    • You’re the best! We loved it, especially the kids which is a pretty big deal!

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  • I’m not sure if you can consider chili cheese dogs “pretty” but I am calling these ones just that. Maybe it’s all that melty cheese getting to my brain, but these look phenom! I love that you can make these in the slow cooker!

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    • I am slow cooker obsessed for sure. Anything I can throw in there is awesome!

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