I kept seeing something like this on Pinterest and thought, well, that just looks like extra dishes to clean and electricity to burn to me, in my Judgey McJudgeface voice. And then…
What had happened was… we were having hot dogs for supper last night and everyone wanted them with chili and cheese. The problem with chili cheese dogs is that no matter how hot you get the chili, that cheese isn't going to melt unless you pop the dog in the microwave – which I hate to do because the bun gets weird. And since errybody wanted chili and cheese last night I would have had to run a nuke marathon to get them all ready.
So I thought, well, I could just assemble everything in a baking dish, cover it with foil and heat it up in the oven and that way I won’t have to steam the buns, heat the chili or nuke the cheese AND I can just set the whole dish on the table and everyone can grab their own instead of me having to prepare everyone’s separately and then get up and do it again when everyone wants seconds. I thought I was a genius for about two seconds until I realized I was about to do the very thing I’d turned my nose up to on Pinterest. I have serious flaws, y'all. But I own them. I own them and dance with them.
And while I usually have a pint of my homemade chili sauce in the freezer, I knew I was out and grabbed a can of Hormel no-bean chili at The Pig just to make life easier. And, I can’t even lie… that mess was actually pretty good. Don’t tell anybody I said that.
Baked Chili Cheese Dogs
8 bun-length hot dogs
8 hot dog buns
1 15-oz. can chili without beans (such as Hormel) or 2 cups homemade Chili Sauce
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
Pop the hot dogs on a plate and heat in the microwave for about 1-2 minutes or until heated through.
Assemble hot dogs in buns and place in a 13x9 baking dish. Spoon chili evenly over hot dogs then top with cheese.
Cover dish with aluminum foil (tenting if necessary to keep the foil from touching the hot dogs) and bake at 350 degrees for 15-18 minutes or until cheese is melted. Uncover and serve.