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.
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.
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.