This post has been a long time coming. My husband has been asking me–okay, more like begging me- to make this Chili Cheese Dog Casserole ever since I told him about it, oh I don’t know six or so months ago. It’s a hearty, beefy, manly casserole. If Chili Cheese Hot Dogs aren’t your thing, then this casserole probably isn’t for you.
We had friends over to watch some of the March Madness basketball games last week and it was the perfect man food for the occasion.
A roommate of mine used to make this casserole for church Potlucks. I didn’t think people would touch it, but it got devoured every time she made it. And although it’s not a typical meal for Brett and I, we both liked it. Actually, Brett loved it. He said it was the best splurge he’d had in a while.
My roommate always used canned chili, but I made my own using ground turkey, which made us feel just a teeny bit better about eating this meal.
No surprise here, the little man loved it too.
Chili Cheese Dog Casserole
8 hot dog buns, torn into pieces
8 beef hot dogs, cut into round slices
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 lb. lean ground beef or turkey burger
1 (16oz) can Chili Beans
1 (8oz) can Tomato sauce
1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes
1 packet Taco seasoning
Preheat oven to 350.
Cook turkey burger or lean ground beef until meat is browned and cooked through; drain. Stir in chili beans, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, taco seasoning mix, and 1/4 c. of cheese. Let simmer for a couple of minutes then remove from heat and set aside.
Spray a 9 x 13 in pan with Pam. Lay the hot dog bun pieces across the bottom of the pan.
Layer the hot dog slices on top, covering the bun pieces.
Pour the Chili over the top of the hot dog slices and cover with remaining shredded cheese.
Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes, removing foil for the last 10 minutes.
Serve with mustard on top.
***if you don’t want to make your own Chili you can use 2 (15oz) cans of your favorite canned Chili.