Bring home chili cheese dog perfection with this Copycat Dog Haus Chili the Kid recipe. Beefy and crunchy with a kick – it’s the best bite!
Why We Love Dog Haus Chili the Kid
- The flavor combination of a Chili the Kid can’t be beat! The sweet rolls, beefy juicy hot dogs, chili, and chipotle are a flavor explosion in your mouth.
- This hot dog is my order EVERY time we go to Dog Haus. It’s a rare occasion I get something else… that’s how much I love it!
- Why have a regular old chili dog when you can add 2 ingredients to make it a “gourmet” chili dog to trump all other chili dogs?!
- This copycat Chili the Kid is perfect for cookouts, the 4th of July, and football season. Easy to make and prep ahead of time. Then just assemble and eat.
Ingredients You’ll Need to Make a Copycat Chili the Kid
HOT DOGS: This is the time to splurge on an all-beef hot dog friends. Nathans or Hebrew National hot dogs are what we use for this recipe. They’re bun-length and taste amazing. It’s worth the money.
CHIPOTLE AIOLI: This chili cheese dog gets topped with a drizzle of chipotle aioli. To make this sauce you’ll need some mayo, chipotle powder, and garlic.
TOPPINGS: The Dog Haus Chili the kid gets 2 slices of white American cheese (yellow is fine if you can’t find white), chili without beans, and fried onions.
How to Make Chili Cheese Dogs (Dog Haus style)Jump to Recipe
STEP 1 Make the chipotle aioli by adding the mayo, chipotle powder, and garlic to a small bowl. Stir everything and then let the sauce hang out in the fridge.
STEP 2 Cook the hot dogs on the grill or in a skillet. Heat up the chili according to the package directions and then keep everything warm.
STEP 3 Grab 3 Hawaiian rolls from the package making sure they stay together. This is your hotdog bun. Spread some butter on each side of the rolls and then toast the buttered sides in a large skillet until golden.
STEP 3 Assemble the chili cheese dogs by cutting 3/4 of the way through the bun on one of the toasted sides. Place 2 slices of cheese in the bun and then a hot dog. Top the dog with some chili, some chipotle aioli, and a bunch of French’s fried onions. Yum!
Tips & Tricks
- If you want to take your Chili the Kid to another level, wrap it in bacon before cooking it. (This is how I order it at the restaurant.) I recommend baking or grilling the hot dogs until the bacon is crispy.
- You can use homemade hot dog chili or canned chili without beans. My husband likes Wolf brand chili the best so that’s what we use.
- Yes, you can use regular hot dog buns if you want. Everything at Dos Haus is served on Hawaiian rolls, even the burgers. So you’ll miss that signature taste if you swap.
Dug Haus Chili the Kid FAQ
What goes good with chili cheese dogs?
If you’re at a Dog Haus location I highly recommend the Love Boat Tots. They’re tater tots topped with chili and coleslaw and OMG are they amazing!
Does Dog Haus have a secret menu?
Sort of. Supposedly there is a secret menu hidden on their website (per tweets from 2011) and a tweet from 2010 has this…
Dog Haus Secret Menu Item No. 2–Colonel kLINK: sausage of your choice blanketed in corndog batter and deep fried
But in reality, you can play with and mix and match the menu any way you like. Our favorite bartender Pat is always trying out different stuff and he gives us his best combinations to try. (Shout out to San Tan Dog Haus!)
Dog Haus also does limited-time collaboration menu items with different chefs and mixologists. (Loved the Sam the Cooking Guy Mr. Miyagi dog!!)
Other Copycat Recipes You May like
- Copycat Sonic Cherry Limeade
- Copycat Gordon Biersch House Chips
- Copycat Buca di Beppo Penne San Remo
- Copycat Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits
- Copycat Jamba Juice Caribbean Passion Smoothie
Copycat Dog Haus Chili the Kid
- In a small bowl, stir together the mayonnaise, chipotle powder, and garlic. Place in the fridge until ready to serve.
- Cook the hot dogs on the grill or in a hot skillet until warmed through and the skin is slightly blistered. Remove from the skillet and keep warm.
- Heat the chili according to the package directions. Keep warm.
- Take 3 of the Hawaiian rolls from the package making sure they stay attached. Spread the softened butter along the two outer sides of the rolls. (see note)
- Place the rolls in a large skillet over medium heat butter side down. Toast until golden brown, flip and toast the other side. (I like to cook two hot dog "buns" at a time so the pan's not crowded and they toast evenly.)
- Grab a "bun" toasted side up, and cut through the rolls about ¾ of the way. Add 2 slices of white American cheese to cover the inside of the bun. Add a hot dog and then top with the chili. Drizzle some chipotle aioli on top followed by some crispy fried onions. Serve immediately.
- The Hawaiian rolls tend to come come apart easily so be very gentle when working with them so they don’t fall apart. You can also add the butter directly to the pan instead of spreading it over the rolls, if you prefer.
- You can use homemade or store-bought chili for this recipe.
All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.