Chili cheese dogs may seem like one of those dishes you don't really need a recipe for, right? What is there to it other than taking some leftover chili (or a can of chili), warming it up, and piling it onto franks? As the recipe that follows shows, however, chili cheese dogs get an upgrade when you make the chili first and do it slightly differently than you would when making a vat of the stuff.
That's because this chili doesn't include any beans. After all, when you're looking for a chili cheese dog, you're mostly interested in the sloppy, messy, gooey chili to run down your arm. Those protein-packed beans aren't needed. What is required, however, is that these be topped with cheddar cheese. Lots and lots of cheese.