Instant Pot Chili-Dog-Chili Bowls Recipe
Here it is, folks! Your favorite new hot dog chili recipe. We absolutely cannot stop eating this chili! Chili-Dog-Chili Bowls are hearty and chock full of ground beef. You are gonna love making this low-carb chili in your Instant Pot.
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So I was super surprised at how much my family loves this chili….even ME, and I don’t really even care for hot dogs that much. When I made it the first time, we were especially hungry that evening and this chili wound up being completely devoured – there wasn’t one spoonful left!
Turns out, these Instant Pot Chili-Dog-Chili Bowls are completely for real (whether you’re on a low-carb diet or not) and my family has requested this chili for supper numerous times since.
And don’t worry – even if you’re a die-hard bean lover when it comes to chili, I’m pretty darn sure you are not going to miss them. Or, if you’re not worried about eating low-carb, go ahead and toss in as many cooked beans as you’d like.
What to Love About This Recipe –
- You can customize it. If you’re not living a low-carb lifestyle, add some beans to this dish, maybe a couple of different kinds, even.
- The instant pot makes this a super fast meal that you can make in minutes.
- All chili leftovers taste even better the next day. 🙂
What Ingredients Do You Need to Make Chili Dog Chili?
- Hot dogs, we prefer beef hot dogs
- Olive oil
- Lean ground beef
- Spices: chili powder, smoked paprika, dehydrated minced onions
- Aromatics: onions, garlic, bell pepper
- Fire-roasted diced tomatoes or fire roasted salsa
- Roasted garlic tomato sauce, may substitute regular tomato sauce
- Chicken broth
- Worcestershire sauce
- Cheddar cheese
How to Make Instant Pot Chili in 3 Easy Steps:
- Brown off the hot dog pieces in a bit of hot oil, then remove from the Instant Pot to a plate to reserve. Add the spices, ground beef, onions, garlic, and green pepper, cooking and crumbling the beef until it’s fully cooked throughout; drain any fats that accumulate.
- Stir in the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, broth, and Worcestershire sauce bringing the mixture to a boil in the Instant Pot; lock the lid into place, pressurizing the pot for 2 minutes.
- When the timer sounds, perform a quick release to remove all the pressure; stir in the reserved hot dogs, then sprinkle the chili with the cheese. When the cheese is melted, dig in!
Recipe Tips for Making The Best Instant Pot Chili-Dog-Chili Bowls
- Is this chili spicy?
- Do I have to brown the hot dogs when making this recipe?
- Can I use other types of ground meat in this chili?
- I’ve never used Worcestershire sauce in chili? What’s that for?
- If I don’t own an Instant Pot, can I make this chili on the stove instead?
Instant Pot Chili-Dog-Chili Bowls can be as spicy or as mild as you’d like them to be. Keep in mind that the Instant Pot DOES tend to increase the spicy-ness of ingredients because it magnifies ALL the flavors in your pot due to the pressure.
Browning is the best thing you can do to heighten the flavor profiles of ANY recipe! Taking the time to brown off your hot dogs first in this recipe really pays off later when you eat it – there’s a noticeable difference.
You can substitute turkey hotdogs in this chili, just as you can substitute any ground meat for the ground beef….use ground turkey, ground venison, whatever. We always have ground venison in our freezer, so I often use some of that in this recipe and it tastes great.
Adding Worcestershire sauce to this chili gives the flavors depth and adds a savory punch of intense flavor. Don’t skip this ingredient!
You can definitely make this chili on your stove top. Just simmer it in your skillet or Dutch oven for 30 minutes or so to let all the flavors can meld before serving it up.
More Low-Carb Favorite Recipes –
More Favorite Recipes to Enjoy –
- Mom’s Easy Instant Pot Chili
- White Chicken and Rice Chili
- Smokey Chicken and Black Bean Chili
- Rio Grande Ranch-Style Chili
- Halloween Mummy Poppers
- Easy Rotisserie Chicken Soup with White Beans and Cilantro
- 6-Ingredient Creamy Chicken Enchilada Soup
- Two Ways to Make Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup
- Instant Pot Ham and Cabbage Soup
Printable Directions for Making Instant Pot Chili-Dog-Chili Bowls Recipe
Instant Pot Low-Carb Chili-Dog-Chili Bowls
- 8 all-beef hot dogs, each one cut into 6-7 pieces
- Olive oil
- 1 1/2 lbs. lean ground beef
- 1-2 tsp. chili powder
- 1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
- 1 Tbs. dehydrated minced onions
- 4 cloves garlic, crushed
- 1 green sweet bell pepper, seeds and membranes removed diced
- 14.5 oz. can fire-roasted diced tomatoes, with juices (or substitute a can of fire-roasted tomato salsa with juices)
- 8 oz. can Hunt’s Roasted Garlic Tomato Sauce
- 1/2 cup chicken broth
- 1 Tbs. Worcestershire sauce
- 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- Using the sauté setting on the Instant Pot, add a good swish of olive oil. When the oil is sizzling and hot, add the hot dogs, browning them on all sides. Remove the hot dogs to a plate and reserve.
- Add the chili powder, smoked paprika, ground beef, onions, garlic and green pepper to the drippings in the Instant Pot. Cook, stirring occasionally, using the saute setting on the IP, until the ground beef is nicely cooked and no pink remains; drain fats.
- Stir in the undrained diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, chicken broth, and Worcestershire sauce. Bring the chili to a boil, then lock the IP lid into place, using the manual setting to choose High Pressure for 2 minutes, bringing the IP to full pressure. When the timer sounds, perform a quick release to release all pressure from the IP.
- Carefully unlock and remove the IP lid. Give the chili a quick stir, then stir in the reserved and browned hotdogs. Cover the chili with the cheese, then set the IP lid back onto the pot for 1 minute to let the cheese melt. Serve at once.
If you’re new to Instant Pot cooking, you may find our Instant Pot Free Printables helpful, and also our Instant Pot Guide for Beginners. Print these off and secure them to the inside of a cupboard door for quick reference when you’re needing help with what’s cookin’ in your Instant Pot!
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