Chili Cheese Dog Sloppy Joes

6 servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Chili Cheese Dog Sloppy Joes are fun, family friendly twist on chili dogs. Chili sauce, ground beef, hot dogs, and tons of cheese on a buttery soft bun.

If you thought the Chili Cheese Dog Casserole was a home run, you are going to love this new spin on a ballpark classic. Just as easy as the Ultimate Sloppy Joes, this is one of the Sloppy Joe Recipes your family will love.

Chili Cheese Dog Sloppy Joes on plate


Chili Cheese Dog Sloppy Joes are probably the most Americana fusion ever. Classic, meaty Sloppy Joes get even better with chopped ballpark hot dogs, sweet spicy chili sauce and loads of cheese.

They aren’t spicy, they are just sloppy enough, and they just melt into the buttery hamburger buns. You can serve traditional chili dog toppings on the side, like yellow mustard, chopped white onions, crushed Fritos, sour cream, and tomatoes, so everyone can top just how they like!

Serve your Chili Cheese Dog Sloppy Joes with other ballpark favorites like Beer Battered Onion Rings.

Don’t want the bun? You can swap out the buns and serve over French Fries (plus all your favorite toppings) for some Grand Slam Loaded Chili Cheese Dog Fries. 

Can I make Chili Cheese Dog Sloppy Joes in the Slow Cooker?

To make Crockpot Chili Cheese Dog Sloppy Joes, brown your ground beef with the onions. Add to your slow cooker and then stir in the remaining ingredients, except for cheese. Cook on low for 4 to 5 hours. Stir in cheese until melted and then serve on hamburger buns.


  • Brown the meat: Cook the ground beef and chopped hot dogs in a large skillet on high heat for 3-4 minutes.
  • Add seasonings: Add salt, pepper, and chopped onions and cook for another 5-7 minutes, stirring regularly. 
  • Simmer: Add chili, Worcestershire sauce and mustard, stir well, then reduce to medium-low heat. Simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Serve: Spoon the sloppy joe mixture onto hamburger buns, top with American cheese, and serve.

Chili Cheese Dog Sloppy Joes meat in pan


  • Hot Dogs: This recipe uses beef hot dogs, but you can substitute turkey dogs, spicy chicken sausages, or even cheese stuffed hot dogs for more gooey, cheesy flavor.
  • Meat: Use a leaner meat like ground turkey or ground chicken, but add a tablespoon of oil to your meat while cooking.
  • Sliders: Use Hawaiian Rolls to make Chili Cheese Sloppy Joe Sliders. Keep the meat warm in a slow cooker for an easy party meal and serve with the toppings for chili cheese dogs.
  • Seasoning: Want to add some spice? Add some chili powder or cayenne to kick up the heat. A bit of hot sauce would work too. If you want to sweeten the mixture a little try adding some ketchup to the sauce.
  • Salsa: Try mixing up the salsa to give different heat or flavor. I like my traditional Restaurant Salsa, but this tastes delicious Salsa Verde or a chipotle based salsa. 
  • Casserole: Make a Chili Cheese Dog Sloppy Joe Casserole by cooking your meat mixture and spreading in a greased casserole dish. Cover with ½ the cheese and a frozen tater tots. Bake for 20 minutes at 375 degrees. Cover with remaining cheese and bake an additional 5 minutes, until cheese is melted.



  • Serve: These Sloppy Joes will stay good at room temperature for up to 2 hours.
  • Store: Allow to cool before storing in an airtight container for up to 3 days in the refrigerator.
  • Freeze: Sloppy Joes can be frozen for up to 3 months. Cool completely before storing in a freezer bag. Thaw in the fridge overnight before reheating.

Chili Cheese Dog Sloppy Joe sandwich

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Chili Cheese Dog Sloppy Joes

Chili Cheese Dog Sloppy Joes are fun, family friendly twist on chili dogs. Chili sauce, ground beef, hot dogs, and tons of cheese on a buttery soft bun.
Yield 6 servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder


  • 1 pound ground beef , (85/15)
  • 4 hot dogs , sliced into 1/4" slices
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
  • 1 yellow onion , diced
  • 15 ounce chili without beans
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon mustard
  • 6 hamburger buns
  • 6 slices American cheese


  • Add ground beef and hot dogs to a large skillet on high heat and cook about 3 to 4 minutes then add in the salt, pepper and chopped onions and cook until translucent, another 5-7 minutes.
  • Add chili, Worcestershire sauce and mustard to the pan, stir well and reduce heat to medium-low.
  • Leave the meat to simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Spoon the sloppy joe mixture onto the buns and top with American cheese and any other toppings you'd like.


Calories: 607kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 103mg | Sodium: 2060mg | Potassium: 764mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 1026IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 352mg | Iron: 4mg

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About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the cookbook Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients, published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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  1. Oh my! Served it on large onion buns, with a side of pork and beans from a can. Not I, nor my large hubby, could finish even half our food. This is so filling.

  2. When you make the Chili Cheese Sloppy Joes, for the chili, do you use your “Classic Beef Chili” recipe?

  3. This sounds very good, but I’m confused about the 15 oz chili without beans ingredient. Is this a can of some other chili I’m supposed to add? I’d rather use a Tbsp or 2 of Chipotle powder, some garlic and some Cumin instead..

      1. My son doesn’t like home made hamburgers, but he loves sloppy joes…i can’t wait to make these this weekend…ill keep you posted!!
        Thanks a billion ?

  4. Yes!!! Such a clever idea adding hotdogs to the sloppy joes! I love a good chili dog, so this is perfect! 🙂