Satisfy Your Cravings with Mouthwatering Chili Dog Casserole

Are you ready for a culinary adventure that will take your taste buds on an epic journey across the United States of America? Well, gear up and get excited because today, we are making the ultimate comfort food: Chili Dog Casserole.

This dish is like no other—combining the best of two worlds, hot dogs and chili, to create a masterpiece that will have your whole family craving for more. And let’s not forget the cheesy goodness that ties everything together.

With a few simple ingredients and easy instructions, this Chili Dog Casserole is sure to become one of your go-to recipes for any occasion. Whether it’s a cozy night in or a fun potluck party, this dish has got you covered.

So, grab your apron and let’s get started on this mouthwatering adventure!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Amazing Chili Dog Casserole
Amazing Chili Dog Casserole

Listen up, folks! If you’re like me, and you love comfort food with a spicy kick, then this Chili Dog Casserole is about to be your new best friend. Imagine piping hot chili cheese dogs meet crescent rolls and baked to bubbly perfection. There’s just something so satisfying about simplifying a classic United States of America dish into one easy cheesy casserole recipe.

This recipe is the epitome of deliciousness with its chili beans, cheese dogs, and homemade chili sauce that will make your taste buds sing Hallelujah. Every bite is filled with gooey melted cheddar cheese, sliced hot dogs bubble up in a golden brown crust of crescent dough. The combination is simply mouthwatering.

And if that’s not enough, it’s also an incredibly easy dish to whip together. You’ll only need 4 ingredients for the chili sauce, and everything else is easy-peasy. So whether you’re looking for a crowd-pleasing dinner option or just want to indulge in some comfort food alone on the couch (no judgement), this Chili Dog Casserole is guaranteed to satisfy your cravings. Trust me; you won’t regret giving it a try.

Ingredient List

“Get ready to dive into a hot and savory pool of comfort with our chili dog casserole!”

Required ingredients:
Chili cheese dog casserole

  • 8 hot dogs, sliced
  • 2 cans chili (15 oz)
  • 1 tablespoon prepared mustard
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Crescent Roll topping

  • 1 package crescent rolls (8 rolls)

Cooking spray
Optional ingredients:

  • Chili beans or any beans of your choice
  • Hot dog buns to serve

Note that the ingredient quantities are for a single baking dish. If you decide to make a larger portion, don’t forget to increase accordingly.

You will also need various kitchen utensils such as a medium saucepan, a mixing spoon, and a casserole dish. Make sure to preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

The Recipe How-To

This Chili Dog Casserole is fit for a king, savory and satisfying with a bit of attitude. Here’s how to make it happen:


  • 1 lb of ground beef
  • 2 cups of chopped onion
  • 3 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon of prepared mustard
  • 2 cans (15 oz) of chili beans in sauce
  • 2 cans (15 oz) of chili sauce
  • 1 can (4 oz) of diced green chilies, drained
  • 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 8 hot dogs, cut into small pieces or sliced
  • 1 can refrigerated crescent dough

Preheat Oven and Prepare Chili

Firstly, preheat the oven to 375°F. In a medium saucepan, heat the ground beef over medium heat until thoroughly cooked; drain. Add onion and garlic; cook until onion is tender. Stir in the chili beans in sauce, chili sauce, green chilies, mustard, and salt & pepper. Stir occasionally until it comes to a boil.

Combinie Chili and Crescent Rolls

Spread the crescent dough into an ungreased baking dish, Press dough on the bottom and slightly up the sides to form a crust. Next, top with half of the cheese. Then add hot dogs including sliced jalapenos or chili if you prefer the Chili Cheese Dog variant. Pour chili mixture evenly over cheese layer.

Baking Instructions

Bake uncovered for about 20 minutes then sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake for another 10 – 15 minutes or until the casserole is bubbly its crust golden brown.

Pro-tip: For those who want their dish with more kick, try using spicy chili cheese or mix in some cayenne pepper to your taste.

This version of Chili Dog Casserole may safely be deemed a “Good dog!” in my book!

Substitutions and Variations

Are you looking for ways to change things up a bit with this chili dog casserole recipe? There are plenty of substitutions and variations you can make to create unique and delicious dishes.

First, you can switch out the type of hot dogs you use. Try using all-beef hot dogs, turkey dogs, or even veggie dogs to cater to different dietary needs.

If you’re not a fan of crescent dough, consider using pizza dough or flour tortillas instead. You can create a fun Tex-Mex inspired chili dog casserole using tortillas layered with chili, cheese, and sliced hot dogs.

For a low-carb or keto version of the chili dog casserole, swap out the crescent roll dough for cauliflower pizza crust or make a “bubble-up” style casserole using tater tots as the base.

Feeling experimental? Add some extra ingredients to the chili sauce for added flavor. You could try diced tomatoes, jalapeños, or even black beans.

If you want to serve this as a side dish instead of a main course, consider turning it into a corn casserole by adding a box of cornbread mix or frozen corn kernels to the mix.

The possibilities for variations in this dish are endless! Get creative and have fun experimenting with different flavor combinations.

Serving and Pairing

Alright, so you’ve made it this far. You’ve cooked up a storm and now it’s time to serve up some serious taste buds tantalization. Let me tell you something, folks. This Chili Dog Casserole is not for the faint of heart. Oh no, this dish is bold, flavorful, and will leave you craving more – trust me on that.

So, we all know a chili dog is a classic American dish. It’s simple, it’s delicious, and it’s perfect for any game day or BBQ. But what if I told you that you could take the classic chili dog and turn it into something even better? Yes, it can be done! Enter the Chili Dog Casserole.

Now that you’ve got your piping hot casserole out of the oven and resting on the counter, let’s talk pairing. This dish is best served family-style – grab some plates and let everyone dig in! Since this casserole packs a punch, a simple green salad with a light vinaigrette dressing will help cut through some of the richness of the casserole. Plus, a pop of freshness never hurt anyone.

Are you feeling adventurous? Try pairing this dish with some classic cornbread or even some jalapeno cornbread to really push those taste buds over the edge. And don’t forget to pile on some extra shredded cheddar cheese on top for good measure – because who doesn’t love cheese on top of more cheese?

Lastly, whether you’re serving this up as a main course or a side dish, one thing is for sure: this Chili Dog Casserole recipe will have all your friends and family begging for seconds (and maybe thirds!). So go ahead and take a risk – test out this recipe at your next football party or evening get-together and watch as your guests are amazed at how good home cooking can be.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

There’s nothing more convenient than being able to prepare a meal in advance, especially when you’re working with a busy schedule. This is why I’ve included some tips on how to make and prepare the Chili Dog Casserole in advance, store it properly, and reheat it perfectly.

For making ahead, you can make the Chili Dog Casserole ahead of time for up to two days. Simply follow the recipe instructions up until baking. Instead of baking, cover your carefully prepared casserole dish in plastic wrap or aluminum foil and store it in the fridge until you’re ready to bake. Before baking, remove any wrap covering and let it sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes before baking as usual.

For storing leftovers, let the leftover Chili Dog Casserole cool down before storing it in an airtight container or a tightly covered casserole dish. You can store it in the fridge for about three days or keep it in the freezer for up to three months. These leftovers will come in handy on those busy weeknights when cooking is off the cards.

When reheating, there are a few optimal ways to do so, depending on preference. If you prefer speed then stick with the microwaving method, which is quickest but may leave it slightly soggy. Just place as much Chili Dog Casserole from your fridge as needed into a microwave-safe dish and heat it using your best judgement until heated through.

If you have a few extra minutes on your hands, preheat your oven to 350°F and place leftover Chili Dog Casserole into an oven-safe dish for reheating until heated through.

Whichever way you choose to reheat this delicious Chili Dog Casserole dish, be sure to check regularly to avoid overcooking or drying out. With these simple tips for make-ahead, storing and reheating options available, enjoy the convenience of prepping ahead and heating as needed without sacrificing flavor or texture.

Tips for Perfect Results

If you really want to impress your guests, there are some tips I can give you to make sure that your Chili Dog Casserole comes out perfectly every time. With these extra touches, you’ll be able to elevate an already delicious dish to something extraordinary. Here are some of my tips for achieving a perfect Chili Dog Casserole:

Firstly, make sure you preheat the oven before placing your casserole inside. The heat should be set at 375 degrees Fahrenheit so that it will cook evenly and thoroughly. Placing your dish in a cold oven can cause uneven cooking and take longer to cook.

Secondly, when it comes to the dough covering the top of the casserole, be careful not to stretch it too thin. Thicker dough ensures an extra crispy texture that holds up well with the chili and cheese layers.

When it comes to topping your casserole with shredded cheddar cheese or other toppings like onions or jalapeño peppers, don’t hold back on those extras. It’s hard to have too much cheese on a delicious chili dog casserole and if you’re anything like me, adding even more than what’s asked for is always appreciated.

Another point is to make sure you use high-quality ingredients when possible. This includes choosing the best hot dogs available and using the best chili sauce or chili beans that you can find.

Finally, let your casserole rest for about 10 minutes before serving so that it has time to cool down and settle properly without collapsing. Cut it into portions carefully and serve hot. The flavors are best enjoyed in one gooey bite!

By following these few tips, you’ll be able to create the perfect Chili Dog Casserole every time. Take these tips with you and show off your culinary skills like no other!


Before I dive into the FAQ section, allow me to preface that no question is too silly or insignificant when it comes to elevating your cooking game. Whether you’re a seasoned chef or a timid beginner, asking questions is what will ultimately help you achieve those delectable and Instagram-worthy meals. So, let’s tackle some burning questions you may have about this amazing chili dog casserole recipe!

What is the difference between a chili dog and a hot dog?

When it comes to savoury indulgences, a chilli dog is a popular choice for many. This dish consists of a hot dog nestled in a bun and crowned with beef chilli con carne. While some variations opt for standard frankfurters, the majority of chilli dogs in America feature this type of hot dog. As for the chilli con carne, the exact recipe used can be a subject of debate among enthusiasts.

What is a Texas chili dog?

If you’re in the mood for a hearty and delicious hot dog experience, then you might want to give the Texas Chili Cheese Dog a try. This tasty meal consists of a grilled or baked hot dog, drenched in a savory chili sauce made with beef and no beans. It’s then garnished with some fresh onions and a layer of melted cheddar cheese, all nestled in a soft and warm hot dog bun. For those who love a bit of heat, the addition of a few pickled jalapenos is an optional and flavorful touch.

Who makes the best chili dogs?

Here are some popular places known for their delicious hot dogs: Art’s Chili Dog, Gordon Ramsay BurGr, Tony Packo’s Cafe, Yesterdog, Martinsville Speedway, Portillo’s in Chicago, Larry’s Chili Dog in Burbank, and Eddie’s Grill in Geneva-On-The-Lake.

What side dish goes with chili dogs?

I have been given a list of delicious summer side dishes that I am excited to share with you. These options include a refreshing Corn Salad, crispy Sweet Potato Fries, classic Potato Salad, crunchy Potato Chips, flavorful Grilled Corn on the Cob, fresh Summer Salad, tangy Homemade Refrigerator Pickles, and vibrant Purple Coleslaw. Let’s dive into the recipes and tips for making these dishes come to life on your plate.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this Amazing Chili Dog Casserole Recipe is an easy-to-make, delicious, and comforting dish that anyone would love. It’s a crowd-pleaser and is perfect for parties or casual gatherings, and it’s guaranteed to satisfy anyone’s appetite. With its combination of hot dogs, chili sauce, and cheddar cheese, this casserole is a classic favorite in the United States.

So what are you waiting for? Give this recipe a try and see for yourself why it’s such a popular choice among foodies! Whether you’re looking for an easy weeknight dinner, or something to serve at your next party, this Chili Dog Casserole will not disappoint.

Not only is this recipe delicious and satisfying, but it’s also incredibly versatile. With simple substitutions and variations, you can tweak the recipe to suit your preferences or dietary needs. Plus, with make-ahead options, storing and reheating tips, and helpful cooking instructions included in this article, you’re sure to have success every time you make it.

So go ahead and add this Chili Dog Casserole Recipe to your repertoire – I promise you won’t regret it!

Amazing Chili Dog Casserole

Amazing Chili Dog Casserole Recipe

A hit with the little kids at parties and gatherings. Just like eating a chili Dog.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Calories 445.6 kcal


  • 8 hot dog buns
  • 8 hot dogs
  • 1 (15 ounce) can chili
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon prepared mustard
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  • Lightly grease a 9x13 inch baking dish.
  • Tear up the hot dog buns and arrange the pieces in the bottom of the dish evenly.
  • Slice the hot dogs into bite size pieces and layer the pieces over the buns.
  • Pour the chili over the hot dogs, sprinkle with the chopped onion, then spread some mustard over the chili and the onion.
  • Top off with the cheese.
  • Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 30 minutes.

Your Own Notes


Serving: 176gCalories: 445.6kcalCarbohydrates: 30.5gProtein: 19.4gFat: 27.5gSaturated Fat: 12.9gCholesterol: 62.6mgSodium: 1195.2mgFiber: 3.4gSugar: 5.3g
Keyword < 60 Mins, Kid-Friendly, One-Dish Meal, Oven
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