Summertime is filled with the best food memories — backyard barbeques, ice cream sandwiches by the pool and classic all-American hot dogs while cheering for your favorite baseball team. Really, nothing brings back childhood memories faster than a mountain of cheesy goodness atop a ballpark hot dog. You can't go wrong with the recipe below.
My only problem with the chili cheese dog is the mess. I don’t really like eating messy food. In fact, I wouldn’t even eat spaghetti with meatballs as a child unless my mom substituted butter for marinara, because the tomato sauce was just too messy! Luckily, this casserole version of chili cheese dogs satisfies all of the cravings for this delicious fan favorite without any of the mess.
Pro tip: This recipe can be easily modified to make any of your favorite ballpark dogs. Try making Chicago dogs by substituting chopped tomatoes, pepperoncini and sweet relish for the chili, or make this a barbecue bacon dog by substituting your favorite barbecue sauce for the chili and adding chopped bacon.