Chilli Dogs

A real Saturday night treat, these hot dogs covered with beef chilli and sprinkled with cheese are guaranteed to please the whole family, and are a showstopper at barbecues as well! This makes a big pot of chilli, which can either be used lavishly on a few hot dogs, or can be used to go a long way at larger parties.


  • 200g bacon, diced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1kg beef mince
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 can of chopped tomatoes
  • 250ml beef stock
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp ground cayenne pepper
  • Cheddar cheese, grated
  • As many hot dogs as you require
  • Buns for the hot dogs


  1. Fry the bacon over a medium heat until it begins to crisp up, then chuck the onions in. Turn the heat up a little and cook until the onions begin to brown. Stir in the beef mince, and when about half of it is browned, throw in the garlic and stir to finish browning the beef.
  2. Next, stir in the tomato sauce, honey, beef stock and spices, then bring everything to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes.
  3. Towards the end of the cooking time, pop the sausages on a griddle pan (or BBQ) and grill until cooked with a light char. Slice the buns, pop the sausage in, top with the beef chilli and scatter the cheese over the top.

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