Air Fryer Chili Cheese Hot Dogs

I made these last year in the oven, but I wanted to see how they would come out in the air fryer. They did not disappoint. They came out really tasty. The hot dogs were juicy and smothered in cheesy chili. The hot dog buns even toasted nicely. The bonus is that it took half the time to cook in the air fryer than it does in the oven. I did use canned chili and I’m not a huge fan of canned chili. I usually make my own, but this saves a lot of time when you want to throw together a quick meal and maybe because it’s all hot and melted together, the chili is right tasty. I did cook the hot dogs by themselves first. I wasn’t sure if they would get done cooked with everything on it and not to mention they cook for a shorter time than in the oven. I want to add a little side note here. My post a while back on air fryer hot dogs is the most pinned and has the most views than any other post on this blog….. a little hot dog…. can you believe it. I feel so happy my that little dogs has made it.

Here’s what you need to make your own chili cheese hot dogs:

*hot dogs that have been precooked, I cooked mine in the air fryer (Air Fryer Hot Dogs)

*sturdy hot dog buns; I find that hoagie rolls work better

*1 can of chili; I used Hormel without beans.

*ketchup to taste

*mustard to taste

*shredded cheese; I used a cheddar Colby Jack blend

If you cooked the hot dogs right before preparing these, there is no need to preheat the air fryer, but if you did not, then preheat the air fryer at 400°.

Spread desired amount of ketchup and mustard on the inside of the bun.

Place a hot dog in each bun.

Spoon some of the chili over each hot dog.

Then add the desired amount of cheese over the chili.

Place the hot dogs into the fryer basket.

I was able to place 3 hot dogs at a time. If you are cooking more, cook them in batches.

Cook at 350° for 3 minutes. Check to see if the cheese is melted and the buns are toasted. If not cook about 1 minute more.

*Note*

Cooking time might vary depending on the brand and size of the air fryer.

Carefully take the hot dogs out of the basket and serve.

Oven Chili Cheese Hot Dogs

First off I have to start out by saying that I usually do not like canned chili. I grew up with my parents always making homemade hot dog chili and I have always done the same….. and hot dog chili is not chili with beans. I had a debate with my hubby over that when I first made him hot dogs. There is a difference between chili that you eat in a bowl and chili that goes over a hot dog. Maybe it’s a southern thing? Now where was I? Oh yes, canned chili. I’m still not a huge fan, but for this it really works well. I wanted something quick I could put together fast and throw in the oven, so I broke down and bought some. You can make the homemade kind, and at some point I am going to try this with the homemade, but…well….for this, what can I say, I’m lazy.

Here’s what you need:

*1 can of chili; I used Hormel without beans

*hot dogs; these do not have to be precooked.

*ketchup, to taste

*mustard, to taste

*shredded cheese; I used a cheddar Colby Jack blend

*sturdy hot dogs buns or hoagie rolls; I find that hoagie rolls work better because they are sturdier. These are the kind I use and not always this brand.

Preheat oven to 350°.

Lay the hot dog buns, cut side up in a baking pan.

*tip* If you have a baking pan or dish that is too large, take some foil, ball it up and place into the empty space. This will keep the hot dogs from tipping over while baking.

Spread desired amount of ketchup and mustard on the inside of each bun.

My, that is a very up close and personal shot there. I guess when I took this shot, I wanted you to see waaaay down in there.

Place a hot dog in each bun.

Spoon some of the chili over each hot dog.

Then add desired amount of cheese on top of the chili.

Cover with foil.

Before covering the baking pan, spray the inside of the foil with no stick spray.

This will help keep the cheese from sticking to the foil while baking.

Bake for 40 minutes. Serve and enjoy!