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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 made for topping Hot Dogs and Hamburgers
Yield: serves 10 - 12

Chili Recipe for Hot Dogs and Hamburgers

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

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!


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder (see note for chili seasoning)
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • cayenne or red chili flakes to taste
  • 1 cup broth (chicken, beef, or vegetable)
  • 1 (15 ounce) can of crushed tomatoes


Brown the ground beef in a large pan. Drain excess grease.

Add all the seasonings to the ground beef and pour in the broth. Turn the beef and seasonings over in the skillet a few times to coat the meat. You also want to break the beef up as much as possible.

Add the tomatoes, reduce the heat to medium, and let is simmer, stirring occasionally.


You can use a package of chili seasoning in place of all the seasonings and spices listed here. I always have everything on hand to make my own, but if you have to go out and buy the items listed, it will be much more cost effective to grab a chili packet and go.

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Chili Recipe for Hot Dogs and Hamburgers

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Sunday 12th of September 2021

I’m from NC love the recipe! As for the onions you do both raw and cooked they have completely different flavors. But that’s just my mansplaining what do I know?!😊

Heather Tullos

Sunday 17th of October 2021

Thanks, Donnie! I love onions - raw or cooked. And you are right - the flavors are totally different.

G. Flowers

Monday 15th of March 2021

I've lived in eastern NC all my far I'm 66 ... this recipe sounds delicious but I've never heard of oregano in hotdog/ hamburger chili.

Heather Tullos

Monday 15th of March 2021

I have never NOT heard of oregano in chili. Herbs and spices are your friend. Hope you'll try!

James Gray

Monday 3rd of February 2020

Did you use light or dark brown sugar?

Heather Tullos

Friday 7th of February 2020

light, but either is fine

Jessica Dillinger

Sunday 19th of January 2020

Manplainers be damned! I was born in North Carolina, moved to South Carolina when I was 4 and right back to North Carolina at 11 where I have lived since, so I am a true southern girl. Let me just say that NOTHING beats southern homemade chili and slaw on a burger and hot dog. That being said, this chili recipe is awesome! This is my new go to homemade chili recipe. Thanks for sharing it and keep on rocking the delicious dishes of the south!

Heather Tullos

Saturday 25th of January 2020

YASSSSSS. Thank you Jessica!

Dennis Rambeau

Tuesday 29th of October 2019

From So Cal. This was very good. Thank you. I added some minced jalapeños, and I doubled the recipe, because I could tell I would like it.