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Chili Recipe for Hot Dogs and Hamburgers

This Chili Recipe for Hot Dogs and Hamburgers is quick, simple, and perfect for all your cookout chili as a condiment needs. Lots of flavor – NO BEANS!

Chili made for topping Hot Dogs and Hamburgers

I live in North Carolina where we top all the things with a good dose of chili and some slaw. Two popular recipes here on Sugar Dish Me continue to be Carolina Style Hot Dogs and Carolina Style Burgers.

Those recipes are not without controversy though!

A quick scroll through the comments will turn up a whole bunch of people that love my Carolina-style recipes and then a whole bunch of dudes that want to mansplain things like chili and cole slaw.

How to make Chili for Hot Dogs and Hamburgers

If you know me at all, you know that having rando dudes with no credentials try to explain my own recipes to me on the internet will basically get you nowhere. Fast.

But to assuage some of their troll-ey food blog concerns, I have some credentials to share!

  • I’ve lived in North Carolina for most of my life. My parents moved here before I was 2!
  • I like hot dogs and hamburgers with chili and slaw.
  • My restaurant experience dates back to 1995.
  • My husband was born and raised in Cleveland County, North Carolina, and grew up on a working farm. It doesn’t get much more Carolina than that.
  • My Chili Recipe for Hot Dogs and hamburgers kicks all the ass.

Chili Recipe for Hot Dogs and Hamburgers

Important things to note!

This chili recipe does not have to simmer all day to taste good. This is basically just chili as a condiment. If you wanna cook it low and slow for hours then that’s your prerogative. But if you wanna start it while you heat up the grill and make some slaw THAT’S OKAY TOO.

Mansplainers be damned.

This chili recipe doesn’t have onions. That’s because in NC we add raw chopped onions to the slaw AND to the actual hot dogs (or hamburgers). If you want onion, FINELY DICE IT and add it after you drain excess grease from the ground beef.

Carolina Style Burgers recipe

We just made Carolina Style Burgers with this chili earlier this week! Hot dogs are on the horizon.

And chili on all.

Carolina Style Hot Dogs with Chili and Slaw

 

Chili Recipe for Hot Dogs and Hamburgers

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Gwen Cameron

Sunday 16th of June 2019

Just great! Have been searching for 40 years for a chili like used in hotdogs from a closed diner. This is as I remembered! Only changes I made was to add 1/3 cup of water to the beef when cooking, used whole canned tomatoes (what I had on hand). All I needed to do was use a submersible to break it down like I remembered. Made your slaw too and I am in heaven tonight! Thanks so much.

Heather Tullos

Sunday 16th of June 2019

Thanks so much, Gwen! I am so glad this worked well for you!

Charis

Saturday 25th of May 2019

OMG! I was born and raised in North Carolina & on Bright Leaf hotdogs all the way. This. Chili. Is. Everything! Tastes just like the southern chili I’ve always loved. This is a keeper!!

Heather Tullos

Tuesday 4th of June 2019

Thanks so much, Charis! I am so glad you loved this! It's a staple around here :)

Kyle J.

Monday 29th of April 2019

Thank for for a great base I was able to veganize it with no problem.

Heather Tullos

Tuesday 30th of April 2019

Amazing!!! Thanks so much, Kyle!

Eric

Sunday 21st of April 2019

I really love this recipe but curious if it is meant to be really watery requiring it to simmer for a very long time to get to chili consistency? If the intention is to concentrate the flavors then that makes perfect sense, just asking as I am saving this one and I can reduce the broth if needed.

Chris Campbell

Thursday 14th of February 2019

Well I grew up in Cleveland County NC eating Cleveland Sandwiches and riding with my grandfather on his route. I guess I know every place around to get a burger or dog. I have had some real good chili but I must say this will be my go-to at home from now on. ITS GREAT!!! Thanks