A & W Copycat Chili Dog Recipe

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A & W Chili dog

Sometimes after eating healthy with lots of veggies and legumes and boneless chicken breasts, I crave something not.  Not filled with veggies.  Not light.  Not lowfat.  Some good old-fashioned fun eating.  What’s more fun that a chili dog?  Nothing except maybe an A & W Chili Dog! 

A & W Chili Dog

I’m going to begin by saying these were good.  But then I have to confess that I can’t really say that.  Why?  Because it wasn’t until I was putting my spice jars up that I realized that I used cinnamon instead of cumin!!!  I know.  They don’t look alike or smell alike, their only similarity being their proximity on my spice shelf.  So, these were kind of a cinnamony chili dog.  But even with my blunder, they were good, so imagine if you made them the way they are supposed to be made.

Oh and as a nod to my healthy eating, I served them on whole wheat buns with baked sweet potato fries.  Not much of a wild and crazy rebel, am I?

A & W Copycat Chili Dogs

  • Ground chuck – 1lb
    Tomato paste – 1 can (6oz)
    Sugar – 1 tbsp
    Yellow mustard – 1 tbsp
    Dried, minced onion – 1 tbsp
    Chili powder – 2 tsp
    Worcestershire sauce – 1 tsp
    Salt – 1 tsp
    Celery seed – 1/2 tsp
    Ground cumin – 1/2 tsp
    Black pepper – 1/4 tsp
    Water – 1 cup
  • Hot dogs and buns of your choice
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • Cook the ground chuck in a pan and break into small pieces. Season with salt and pepper. Add in the remaining ingredients.
  • Simmer for about 30 minutes until thickens.
  • Boil some water in a pot, and add in however many frankfurters you want. Boil for about 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Place the frankfurter in a hot dog bun and spread on 3 tablespoons of the sauce you just made. Spread the cheddar cheese on top, and you’re done!

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    1. says

      I just finished doing the 30 Day Shred as my workout today and as I sit here cooling off I open this up in my reader and see that gorgeous chili (cinnamon) dog staring at me. Lawd help me.. It’s warmed up here and I see hot doggies on the grill, soon!

    2. says

      I’m in the mood for hot-dogs too…and now that we can get to our grill, that just may happen.

      I was hoping to also read about how you made your sweet potato fries.

      Have a thoughtful Thursday ~Natalie

    3. says

      They look delicious! I have done that also, mixed up the spices. Oh, well… This is a great suggestion for a meal today! Yum!

    4. says

      Yum! I think everybody wants to see summer come a little sooner this year:) I know I do!! I’m going to tell my friend Michelle about these, she loves dressed up dogs;)
      The Peppered Pantry~

    5. says

      I’m holding my head down in shame, Pam. I’ve never had an A&W chili dog!!! So you could have fooled me with cinnamon, I’d never have known it was supposed to be cumin!
      I sure had their floats. A lot.

    6. says

      I think you should dedicate the cinnamon chili dog to grace as she love cinnamon and just posted a savory cinnamon dish of her own.
      It really does look delicious.

    7. says

      this is the type of thing i crave on a regular basis, and your pictures capture the beauty quite nicely. now, this may come as a surprise to you, but i fully intend to use cinnamon instead of cumin the next time i make chili. :)

    8. says

      Sounds delicious Pam—but not with Cinnamon… ha ha…. That mistake is easy to make!!!!!

      I crave a good hot dog myself also at times…. We can’t eat healthy ALL of the time!!!!! ha


    9. says

      I use a A & W Chili clone for my Carolina burger and the ingredients are close. I might have to try yours because mine isn’t just “it” yet.

      PS: The whole reason for exercising and eating well is so we can splurge like this! :)

    10. says

      That is so funny about the cinnamon mix up. I have almost done a spice mix up a time or two myself. They still look amazing! ;D

      I had one of those little glass mugs for the longest time. What ever happened to that anyway???

    11. says

      We used to call our local A&W, the “A”. They only served Rootbeer and Hotdogs with limited condiments too. No chili dogs, no FFs and no chips but everyone hung out at the “A” and loved it!

    12. says

      I made chili dogs last week for a movie theme party for work. It’s been years since I’ve had a chili dog and I ate one quicker than those hot dog eating contest guys eat one. It’s also been years since I’ve had an A&W Chili dog. Damn those things are good. Thanks for this recipe.

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