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Chili Cheese Dog Grilled Cheese

These Grilled Chili Cheese Dog Sandwiches are outrageously delicious. Perfect for feeding a group on game day!
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Course: Game Day
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings (click & slide): 6 sandwiches
Calories per serving: 964kcal
Author: Chris
Cost per serving: £2 / $2.50


  • Large Frying Pan & Wooden Spoon
  • Sharp Knife & Chopping Board
  • Spatula/Turner
  • Jug (for stock)
  • Sieve/Colander (for draining beans)
  • Side Bowl (to cool chili)



  • 1lb / 500g Ground Beef (preferably 10-12% fat)
  • 1x 14oz/400g can of Kidney Beans, drained & rinsed
  • 1x 14oz/400g can of Chopped Tomatoes
  • 1 cup / 240ml Beef Stock
  • 1 medium White Onion, finely diced
  • 1 medium Red Pepper, finely diced
  • 2 cloves of Garlic, finely diced
  • 1.5 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 heaped tbsp Tomato Paste (Tomato Puree in UK)
  • 1 tbsp EACH: Paprika, Cumin, Chili Powder (or to spice preference)
  • 1 tsp Sugar, or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp EACH: Ground Coriander, Oregano, Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
  • Olive Oil, as needed

Grilled Cheese

  • 12 large thick slices of Bread (something nice and sturdy to keep chili secured)
  • 12 Hot Dogs, sliced in half lengthways (preferably same length as bread)
  • 12 square slices of Monterey Jack (can sub Cheddar)
  • 1 1/2 cup / 150g Mexican Cheese Blend (or second cheese of choice)
  • Butter, as needed


  • In a large pan over medium heat add a drizzle of olive oil then add onion and red pepper. Fry until they begin to soft/brown then add garlic and fry for another 1-2mins. Add in beef and break up with your wooden spoon. Continue frying until the beef has completely browned (drain excess fat if needed).
  • Add 1 heaped tbsp tomato paste and fry with the beef for a couple of mins. Pour in beef stock, chopped tomatoes, Worcestershire sauce and kidney beans, then add paprika, cumin, chili powder, oregano, ground coriander, salt, sugar and pepper. Give it a good stir then turn down heat slightly and simmer until it has completely thickened, stirring occasionally (around 30-45mins). Important to really thicken the chili or it'll spill out the sandwich. Once all the liquid has reduced place chili in a bowl to cool, then clean out pan and place back on the stove with the heat OFF.
  • Butter one side of each of your slices of bread. Place two slices butter-side-down in the pan and top with Monterey Jack. Add 2 hot dogs per sandwich (sliced in half lengthways) then top with chili. Follow with a sprinkle of Mexican Cheese Blend then finish with bread butter-side-up. Turn heat to medium and fry both sides until golden with the cheese nice and gooey. Remove then repeat with the other sandwiches.
  • Sliced in half, serve up and enjoy!

Quick Demo


a) Make Ahead Chili - You can make this chili ahead of time and store in the fridge for 3-4days or freezer for a month. Bring to room temp before making the sandwich, don't add it straight from the fridge or it won't heat through properly.
b) Can I use Leftover Chili? - You can indeed! This recipe results in around 4cups of chili (2/3 cup per sandwich). 
c) Scaling/Serving - If you want to adjust the serving just use the sliding scale at the top of the recipe card and adjust accordingly. Again, if you're using ready made chili it's around 2/3cup per sandwich.
d) Calories - based on 1 tbsp butter per sandwich, 10% beef and 1/2 tbsp olive oil for frying. Calories per sandwich:

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Nutrition Facts
Chili Cheese Dog Grilled Cheese
Amount Per Serving
Calories 964 Calories from Fat 513
% Daily Value*
Fat 57g88%
Saturated Fat 28.247g177%
Trans Fat 0.425g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3.365g
Monounsaturated Fat 20.19g
Cholesterol 248mg83%
Sodium 2147mg93%
Potassium 964mg28%
Carbohydrates 54.45g18%
Fiber 5.9g25%
Sugar 11.46g13%
Protein 57.97g116%
Vitamin A 2218IU44%
Vitamin C 32.2mg39%
Calcium 847mg85%
Iron 10.46mg58%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
*Nutrition is based on the absence of salt unless stated as a measurement in the ingredients. Cost is worked out based on ingredients bought from UK supermarkets, then divided by the number of servings. In both instances these values are just for guidance. Please check out my FAQ Page for more info.
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