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Slow Cooker Chili Dogs

slow cooker chili dogs

As the heat continues to soar here in Oklahoma, my slow cooker is getting a lot more use than normal.  I have been trying to avoid turning on the oven as it seems that close to dinner time the house is hottest and then kicking on the oven just makes it worse.

Then, I had an idea or maybe I should say a craving for chili dogs.  I thought that sounded perfect because I could use the slow cooker for the chili and the hot dogs!  Brilliant!

slow cooker hot dogs

I started off by making a batch of my Slow Cooker Chili, then about 3 hours before we were ready to eat I used a smaller slow cooker and added the hot dogs to it.  This is one of the easiest ways to cook hot dogs, simply add them to the slow cooker without any juice or water and let them cook on low for 3 hours or you can cook them on high for 1 hour.  It gives them that slow roasted taste without any work!

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Slow Cooker Chili Dogs


Slow Cooker Chili:

  • 1 lb Ground Beef
  • 2 16oz Cans of Bush’s Chili Beans
  • 1 14.5oz Can of Beef Broth
  • 1 10oz Can of Rotel or Diced Tomatoes
  • 2 Tsp Minced Onion
  • 1 Garlic Clove
  • 1 Tsp Chili Powder
  • 1/2 Cup of Ketchup

Hot Dogs:

  • 1 Package of Hot Dogs
  • 1 Package Hot Dog Buns (or Udi's Gluten Free Hot Dog Buns.)
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Mustard (Optional)
  • Ketchup (Optional)


  1. Begin by making the slow cooker chili:
  2. Cook the ground beef in a skillet. In this case, I used precooked ground beef that I had in the freezer.
  3. Then, add all ingredients in the slow cooker. This should cook on low for 4 hours. Note- It is done in 4 hours; however, many times I leave it on low for 8 hours and it turns out the same.
  4. When you are within 3 hours of eating, add the hot dogs to small slow cooker and cook those on low for 3 hours or on high for 1 hour. These do not need any juice or water.
  5. Once the hot dogs and chili are done, place the hot dog on the bun and top with chili. Then add the ketchup or mustard and shredded cheese.


Enjoy this easy meal!

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3 Responses to “Slow Cooker Chili Dogs”

  1. chuck in chicagoposted August 9, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    To save the extra work of cleaning another slow cooker, you can also put the hot dogs directly into the chili during the last hour or so of cooking. You have to “fish out” the hot dogs before you spoon out the chili, but you don’t have another utensil to wash. (I love chili dogs, especially with chopped onion on mine!)


  2. OrGreenicposted August 10, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    This seems like one of the simplest ways to cook a hotdog short of just using the microwave. Thanks for the recipe.


    • Mommy Hates Cookingreplied August 13th, 2012 at 8:33 am

      Yes, I love these actually more than the microwave they are more slow roasted taste.

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