Spice up Your Game Day with Chili Dogs

Hungry for something hearty, savory and spicy? Look no further than Tyler’s Dad’s Ultimate Chili Dogs Recipe! Perfect for a summertime cookout or Father’s Day dinner, this recipe combines the classic taste of hot dogs with the rich and bold flavors of a homemade beef chili. It’s a show-stopping dish that will have everyone at the table reaching for seconds.

Tyler’s Dad, a legendary cook in his own right, learned how to make this recipe from none other than celebrity chef Tyler Florence on the Food Network. Since then, he’s made it his own and has been serving it up at family gatherings ever since. Now, you can bring a taste of this delicious dish into your own kitchen.

Imagine biting into juicy beef hot dogs nestled in fluffy buns, topped generously with chili sauce, extra mustard and cheddar cheese. The combination of flavors is out of this world! But don’t take my word for it; try it for yourself and taste the difference that homemade chili sauce can make. Trust me, one bite and you’ll be hooked. So what are you waiting for? Let’s get cooking!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Tyler's Dad's Ultimate Chili Dogs
Tyler’s Dad’s Ultimate Chili Dogs

If you’re looking to impress your guests with a delicious and hearty meal, then look no further than Tyler’s Dad’s Ultimate Chili Dogs recipe. This recipe is perfect for any occasion, from Father’s Day dinner to game day parties or just a casual weeknight dinner.

What sets this recipe apart is the unique blend of flavors that come together to create the ultimate chili dog experience. The combination of prepared yellow mustard, chili powder, ketchup and chili sauce create a tangy and slightly sweet sauce that pairs perfectly with the savory beef hot dogs. And let’s not forget about the delicious ground beef chili that takes this dish to the next level.

One of the best things about this recipe is its simplicity. With only a handful of ingredients and easy-to-follow instructions, even novice cooks can create a delicious and satisfying meal. And for those who are more experienced in the kitchen, feel free to get creative with various substitutions and variations.

But perhaps the most persuasive reason to try this recipe is the nostalgia it brings. This recipe was inspired by Tyler Florence’s dad, and has been passed down through generations. It embodies the feeling of sitting at Coney Island with a chili cheese dog in hand, or enjoying a backyard barbecue with family and friends.

So why take chances on an untested recipe when you can ensure complete satisfaction with Tyler’s Dad’s Ultimate Chili Dogs? This recipe guarantees satisfied bellies and happy taste buds – try it out and see for yourself why you’ll love it.

Ingredient List

 These chili dogs will have you howling with delight!
These chili dogs will have you howling with delight!

Below is a list of everything you will need to make Tyler’s Dad’s Ultimate Chili Dogs recipe. Don’t be intimidated by the length of the list; everything is easy to find and most are already in your pantry.


  • 4 beef hot dogs
  • 4 hot dog buns
  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. chili powder
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper
  • ½ tsp. kosher salt
  • 3 tbsp. prepared yellow mustard
  • 3 tbsp. ketchup
  • 1 cup homemade chili or canned chili with beans
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese (optional)
  • 2 tbsp. Chili Cheese Sauce (recipe below)

Chili Cheese Sauce Ingredients:

  • 1 can (15 oz.) chili sauce
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

To make the chili cheese sauce, heat the chili sauce over medium heat until almost boiling, then add the shredded cheddar cheese and stir until melted and smooth.

This ingredient list will yield four delicious chili dogs that you can serve for Father’s Day dinner or any other occasion you wish to create a fun, memorable meal full of flavor and nostalgia.

The Recipe How-To


Once you have gathered all the necessary ingredients, it’s time to start working on making the ultimate chili dogs!

Step 1: Cooking the Hot Dogs

First, cook the 4 beef hot dogs in boiling water for about 5 minutes. Make sure that they are fully cooked before proceeding to the next step.

Step 2: Preparing the Chili

While the hot dogs are cooking, prepare the chili by heating 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add in 1 diced onion and 3 minced garlic cloves and sauté until the onions are translucent.

Next, add in 1 pound of lean ground beef and cook until browned. Mix in 2 teaspoons of chili powder, ¼ teaspoon of black pepper, and 1 teaspoon of kosher salt. Stir well to combine.

Then, add in 1 cup of prepared yellow mustard, 1 cup of ketchup, and ¾ cup of chili sauce. Mix all these ingredients together until it forms an even chili sauce.

Step 3: Assembling the Dish

Now that you have prepared both the hotdogs and chili sauce, it’s time to assemble them together.

Place each hotdog into a hot dog bun and ladle on top with a generous amount of chili sauce. Finish off with a sprinkle of grated cheddar cheese.

Step 4: Serving

Your ultimate chili dogs are now ready to be served! They make a perfect dish for Father’s Day dinner or outdoor BBQs.

If you want, you can pair your chili dogs with some simple sides like potato salad or corn chips.

So, go ahead and give this delicious recipe from Tyler Florence a try!

Substitutions and Variations

 Can you smell the chili simmering on these juicy dogs?
Can you smell the chili simmering on these juicy dogs?

Now, I’m sure you’re already salivating for Tyler’s Dad’s Ultimate Chili Dogs Recipe, but what if you don’t have all of the ingredients or want to switch things up a little bit? Fear not, dear reader – I’ve got you covered with some substitutions and variations.

Firstly, let’s talk about the chili sauce. If you don’t have access to Tyler Florence’s famous chili sauce recipe or simply don’t want to make your own, you can always use store-bought chili sauce instead. Any brand will do, just make sure to adjust the seasoning accordingly based on how spicy or mild it is.

For those looking for a meatless option, you can easily swap out the lean ground beef for a plant-based meat substitute like Beyond Meat or Impossible. This will not only make it vegan-friendly but will also give it a unique twist in flavor and texture.

If you want to amp up the heat factor a bit, try using a spicier chili powder or adding in some chopped jalapeños or crushed red pepper flakes. Not into spicy food? Cut back on the chili powder and pepper, and add more ketchup or prepared yellow mustard for a milder flavor.

Now let’s talk about toppings. While cheddar cheese is definitely a fan-favorite, you can also switch it up by using other cheeses such as pepper jack or mozzarella – whatever cheese tickles your fancy. Additionally, you can add in some diced onions, pickled jalapeños or even chopped bacon to take your ultimate chili dogs to the next level.

Feeling adventurous? Try making the ultimate chili dogs into chili cheese dogs and adding an extra layer of ooey-gooey goodness. Or pair them with some classic toppings such as hard boiled eggs, coleslaw and potato salad for an all-American menu ideal for Father’s Day dinner.

In conclusion, while Tyler’s Dad’s Ultimate Chili Dogs Recipe is already flawless as is, there are certainly ways to play around with it and make it your own. So grab those hot dogs and buns and let your creativity run wild.

Serving and Pairing

 No bun left behind with this chili dog recipe.
No bun left behind with this chili dog recipe.

When it comes to serving Tyler’s Dad’s Ultimate Chili Dogs, there are a variety of options you can consider. Firstly, you can decide whether to serve the chili dogs with or without the buns – this is entirely up to personal preference.

However, if you do decide to go for the classic chili dog look, I recommend prepping some soft and slightly warmed hot dog buns. This recipe makes enough chili for about 4 hot dogs, so make sure you have at least that many buns ready. Brush the inside of each bun with prepared yellow mustard, add a healthy dollop of chili on top, and sprinkle some grated cheddar cheese over it all to make a chili cheese dog.

For the complete experience, why not pair your ultimate chili dogs with some homemade potato salad and a cold beer? The combination is particularly delicious during Father’s Day dinner when you want to treat your dad to something special. If beer is not your type of drink, consider serving your chili dogs with some spicy curry wings or tacos – Tyler Boyd from Food Network recommends these pairing options on his show.

But remember, it is essential to strike a balance between the spice and the heat when pairing drinks with Tyler’s Dad’s Ultimate Chili Dogs; otherwise, it might ruin the flavor profile. So stick to refreshing beverages like soda or iced tea that can cool off the heat from the chili sauce if needed.

There are endless possibilities when it comes to serving and pairing Tyler’s Dad’s Ultimate Chili Dogs, so feel free to get creative and explore different flavors that would complement this tasty meal.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Be prepared to take your taste buds on a wild ride with the perfect balance of flavors in these chili dogs.
Be prepared to take your taste buds on a wild ride with the perfect balance of flavors in these chili dogs.

Listen up, folks: chili dogs can be a bit of a labor of love, especially if you’re making them for a special occasion like Father’s Day dinner. But that doesn’t mean you can’t get a jump on things! With this recipe, you can easily make the chili sauce and cook your hot dogs ahead of time so all you have to do is assemble and go when it’s showtime.

First off, let’s talk about making the chili sauce ahead of time. This is a great option if you’re planning to have a get-together or party because it allows you to take care of one major component of the dish well in advance. I would recommend making the chili sauce no more than 3 days in advance and storing it in an airtight container in the refrigerator until you’re ready to use it.

Now, onto the hot dogs themselves. You can definitely cook your hot dogs in advance as well, but I would suggest holding off on toasting your buns until just before serving. To cook your hot dogs ahead of time, simply grill or pan-fry them according to your preference and store them in an airtight container in the fridge until you’re ready to use them.

When it comes time to serve, reheating both components is super easy. To reheat the chili sauce, simply transfer it to a saucepan and heat over low-medium heat until heated through. If the sauce has thickened up too much, you may need to add a splash of water or chicken broth to thin it out a bit.

To reheat your hot dogs, there are actually two methods I’d recommend depending on your preferences. The first method is microwave reheating which is quicker but makes for a less crispy dog. Simply place the hot dog on a microwave-safe plate and heat for 30 seconds or until heated through.

If you prefer a crispy skin on your dog, then try oven reheating. Preheat your oven to 350F/180C degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the hot dogs on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 5-7 minutes or until heated through.

And that’s all there is to it! With these make-ahead and reheating tips, you’ll be able to take some of the stress out of making these show-stopping chili dogs and focus on spoiling dad with what he really wants – delicious food and quality time with his loved ones.

Tips for Perfect Results

You want to get the best possible results when making Tyler’s Dad’s Ultimate Chili Dogs Recipe, right? Great! I have some tips and tricks that will help you achieve just that.

Firstly, make sure to use lean ground beef. This recipe already calls for a lot of flavorful ingredients, and fatty beef will only make it greasy and heavy. So stick with the lean stuff.

When cooking the beef, don’t overcrowd the pan. You can cook it in batches if necessary instead of trying to cram too much into one go. This ensures that the beef browns evenly, and won’t end up steamed instead of fried.

For the perfect texture, make sure to cook it until the meat is well browned but not burned. You want to develop a bit of a crust, so that there is a nice contrast in texture between the soft, fluffy hot dog bun and the slightly crispy meat.

Be patient when making the chili sauce. Simmer it slowly, stirring occasionally, so that all of the ingredients can meld together perfectly. And don’t forget to season before serving- taste as you go along and add extra salt, pepper or chili powder as needed.

When assembling your hot dogs, don’t skimp on the toppings. Tyler’s Dad’s Ultimate Chili Dogs are meant to be loaded up with all sorts of toppings- from grated cheese and prepared yellow mustard to chopped onion or chili powder. The more you add, the better they will taste!

Finally, make sure to serve them hot! Don’t let them sit around for too long or you risk ending up with cold buns and lukewarm chili sauce- that’s no fun for anyone.

By following these simple tips, you’ll be able to elevate this recipe from good to great!

Bottom Line

Well, folks, I hope you enjoyed this recipe article as much as I enjoyed sharing it with you. Tyler’s Dad’s Ultimate Chili Dogs Recipe is perfect for Father’s Day dinner, a summer cookout or any time you want to indulge in a hearty and delicious meal that the whole family will love.

This dish is easy to whip up and always hits the spot. With the right ingredients, a little bit of know-how and some love in your heart, you’ll be able to make this recipe just like Tyler Boyd did with his dad.

So what are you waiting for? Head to the grocery store, grab those hot dogs, and put together all the necessary ingredients. You won’t regret it! Give this recipe a try and let me know what you think in the comments below.

And if chili dogs aren’t your thing, don’t worry. You can easily switch out the hot dogs for veggie dogs, sausage links or even hamburgers. The possibilities are endless with this recipe!

Remember: cooking is all about experimenting and having fun. Don’t take yourself too seriously in the kitchen. Add your own personal touch to this recipe and make it your own.

So go forth, my culinary explorers! Conquer Tyler’s Dad’s Ultimate Chili Dogs Recipe and enjoy every single bite. And who knows? You may even end up creating your own ultimate chili sauce recipe along the way.

Until next time, happy eating!

PS: If you want more food inspiration like this Tyler Florence Ultimate Chili Dog recipe then make sure to check out Food Network – they have an awesome blog section filled to the brim with delicious recipes and sweet inspiration for foodies everywhere!

Tyler's Dad's Ultimate Chili Dogs

Tyler’s Dad’s Ultimate Chili Dogs Recipe

Tyler Florence on the Food Network is one of my favorite chefs. I really like that show "How to Boil Water", but this recipe came from Tyler's Ultimate Tailgating show on Super Bowl weekend courtesy of his dad. It looked absolutely divine and I LOVE LOVE LOVE chili dogs, chili fries, and chili and cheese wraps. The ingredients and prep are simple and I have all the ingredients on hand usually.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Calories 691.5 kcal


  • 4 beef hot dogs
  • 4 hot dog buns
  • 1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • chili sauce


  • extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 2 1/2 cups ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons prepared yellow mustard
  • kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper


  • SAUCE:
  • Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.
  • When hot, add the onion and garlic and cook, stirring, until it is soft and translucent, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the ground beef, breaking it up with the back of a spoon, and cook until nicely browned, about 10 more minutes.
  • Stir in the ketchup, chili powder, and mustard and simmer for 15 minutes until thickened.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • While the chili is cooking, get the grill going.
  • Place a large grill pan on 2 burners over medium-high heat or preheat an outdoor gas or charcoal barbecue and get it very hot.
  • Take a few paper towels and fold them several times to make a thick square.
  • Blot a small amount of oil on the paper towel.
  • Then carefully and quickly wipe the hot grates of the grill to make a nonstick grilling surface.
  • Bring a pot of water up to a simmer and parboil the dogs for about 5 minutes.
  • Take them out of the water, pat them dry, and grill them just long enough to mark them. (That'll give them a grilled flavor too.)
  • Brush the insides of the rolls with olive oil and lay them face down on the grill; cook until toasty.
  • To serve, put a dog in each roll and top with the chili and some Cheddar.

Your Own Notes


Serving: 402gCalories: 691.5kcalCarbohydrates: 65.1gProtein: 38.7gFat: 32.1gSaturated Fat: 13.4gCholesterol: 112.4mgSodium: 2647.7mgFiber: 2.2gSugar: 39.9g
Keyword < 60 Mins, Beginner Cook, Cheese, Easy, Inexpensive, Kid-Friendly, Lunch, Meat
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