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Few things evoke the nostalgic charm of summertime gatherings like the classic pairing of hot dogs topped with hearty chili. Imagine juicy hot dogs nestled in soft buns, generously smothered with a savory, slow-cooked chili that’s bursting with flavor. This is the essence of Slow Cooker Hot Dog Chili—a convenient and delicious way to elevate your hot dog game.

Hot dog chili, simmered to perfection in the slow cooker, is a testament to the art of convenience cooking without sacrificing taste. It’s a versatile topping that complements grilled hot dogs beautifully, adding depth and richness to every bite.

Join me on a culinary journey as we explore the simplicity and satisfaction of Slow Cooker Hot Dog Chili. Whether you’re hosting a backyard barbecue, planning a casual family meal, or simply craving a taste of summer, this recipe is sure to become a staple in your kitchen. Let’s dive into the steps of creating this flavorful chili that will take your hot dog experience to the next level.



  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can (15 oz) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (6 oz) tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Hot dogs, for serving
  • Hot dog buns, for serving
  • Optional toppings: shredded cheese, diced onions, mustard, etc.


  1. Brown the Ground Beef: In a skillet over medium heat, brown the ground beef until fully cooked. Drain any excess fat.
  2. Transfer to Slow Cooker: Transfer the cooked ground beef to a slow cooker.
  3. Add Ingredients: To the slow cooker, add the chopped onion, minced garlic, tomato sauce, tomato paste, water, chili powder, brown sugar, ground cumin, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper. Stir well to combine.
  4. Cook: Cover the slow cooker and cook on low heat for 4-6 hours, or on high heat for 2-3 hours, stirring occasionally.
  5. Adjust Seasoning: Taste the chili and adjust the seasoning if needed. Add more salt, pepper, or chili powder according to your preference.
  6. Serve: When ready to serve, spoon the hot dog chili over grilled or boiled dogs in buns.
  7. Add Toppings: Garnish with your favorite toppings such as shredded cheese, diced onions, mustard, or any other condiments you enjoy.
  8. Enjoy: Serve immediately and enjoy your Slow Cooker Hot Dog Chili with all the classic fixings for a perfect hot dog feast.

This Slow Cooker Hot Dog Chili is a crowd-pleaser and a convenient way to prepare a flavorful topping that everyone will love. It’s ideal for gatherings, game days, or simply when you’re craving a delicious hot dog loaded with chili goodness. Get ready to elevate your hot dog game with this easy and tasty recipe!

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