Do you ever get tired of eating the same thing all the time? Maybe you like to switch things up every now and then? I don’t know what it is with kids and hot dogs – but they kinda go together, don’t they? My kids could eat them quite often and never get tired of them …. me on the other hand, I’m not particularly fond of them so I like to doctor them up a bit when we do have them. One of our favorite ways to eat hot dogs in my house is this Chili Dog Casserole. Doesn’t that sound good? (Anything smothered in chili sounds good to me!)
This is a super easy meal idea. It’s a cinch to double if you need to feed a crowd – and well, since it’s Fall, everyone needs more casseroles to add to their lists, right? This one is a family-favorite! I like to serve this with either a salad or a green veggie and with fruit on the side. I hope you enjoy!
Chili Dog Casserole
Yield: 8-10 servings
1 pkg. (16 oz.) hot dogs
1 pkg. 6-8-in. flour tortillas, warmed
1 lb. lean ground beef
1 small onion, diced
Salt and pepper, to taste
A few shakes of Worcestershire sauce
2 tbsp. chili powder
2 tsp. cumin
1 can (8 oz.) tomato sauce
8 oz. can of water (use the empty tomato sauce can)
1 can (15-16 oz.) pinto beans, drained and rinsed
1½ cups (6 oz.) Cheddar cheese, shredded
Topping ideas: Chopped Onions, mustard (optional)
Preheat oven to 425°F. Spray a 9×13-in. baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
In a medium saucepan, cook and crumble the ground beef with the onion, salt and pepper until the meat is no longer pink; drain. Return the beef and onions to the pan and add Worcestershire sauce, chili powder, cumin, tomato sauce, water and beans. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to medium-low, stirring occasionally until it reaches your desired consistency. (I like our about the consistency of Sloppy Joe’s – but make it how your family likes it). Remove from heat and set aside.
Meanwhile, wrap each hot dog in a tortilla like a burrito. Place seam side down in the prepared pan. Spread the chili sauce evenly over the top. Sprinkle with cheese. Cover with foil and bake for 25-30 minutes. Top individual portions with chopped onion or mustard, if desired.
Here are two other hot dog recipes from my blog that you may enjoy!