Copycat Dairy Queen Chili Dog Sauce

Now you can make your very own Dairy Queen Chili Cheese Dogs at home with this simple copycat recipe. You only need a few simple ingredients.

chili sauce on hot dog

I was craving some chili dogs and usually make my Copycat A&W Chili Dogs or my Copycat Wienerschnitzel Hot Dog Chili Sauce but this time I decided to try this Copycat Chili Dog Sauce recipe from Dairy Queen.

If you’ve never heard of Dairy Queen before they are a fast food chain founded in the 1940s. They are mostly known for their soft-serve ice cream but also offer hot dogs, burgers, sandwiches, fries and other sides.

bowl of chili dog sauce

The ingredients needed for this hot dog chili sauce are pretty simple. The only item you might not have handy is the chili sauce.

There are many options when it comes to what kind of chili sauce to use, but I prefer to use Heinz Chili Sauce for this recipe. You don’t want to use a sauce that is too sweet or too spicy or it will affect the overall flavor of the chili

bottle of heinz chili sauce

I always recommend using lean ground beef to limit the amount of grease. Make sure you drain the grease from the skillet after adding the rest of the ingredients.

Dairy Queen usually adds a little shredded cheese over the chili when serving their chili cheese dogs but you can leave that ingredient out if you want. But nothing wrong with a little shredded cheddar cheese on your chili dog!

dairy queen chili cheese dog

Since the goal of a Copycat Recipe is for it to taste exactly like the original, it’s only natural to rate this recipe against the original. This Copycat recipe rates a solid 8 out of 10 in my opinion.

If you love making Copycat recipes from your favorite restaurants, make sure you check out my list of our Top Copycat Recipes.

You will need the following ingredients to make this Copycat Chili Dog Sauce recipe from Dairy Queen. For ingredient amounts please refer to the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.

  • Lean Ground Beef
  • Yellow Onion
  • Green Bell Pepper
  • Tomato Juice
  • Chili Sauce
  • Chili Powder
  • Brown Sugar
  • BBQ Sauce
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Thickening Agent – optional
  1. In a large skillet, add the ground beef, diced onions, and green bell pepper and cook until browned. Drain any grease.
    ground beef in skillet
  2. Add the tomato juice, chili sauce, chili powder, brown sugar, and BBQ sauce to the skillet. Salt and Pepper to taste.
    chili sauce simmering in skillet
  3. Let the chili simmer until the desired consistency is reached, about 30 minutes. Optionally you can add a little cornmeal, cornstarch or flour to help achieve the desired thickness.
  4. Spread some chili over your cooked hot dog and optionally top with some shredded cheddar cheese.

Printable Recipe Card

dairy queen chili dog sauce

Copycat Dairy Queen Chili Dog Sauce

Now you can make your very own Dairy Queen Chili Cheese Dogs at home with this simple copycat recipe. You only need a few simple ingredients.
4.67 from 12 votes
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Course Burgers & Hot Dogs
Cuisine American
Servings 12 chili dogs
Calories 80 kcal

Equipment

  • Skillet

Ingredients
 

  • 1 lb Lean Ground Beef
  • ¼ Cup Yellow Onion, finely chopped
  • ¼ Cup Green Bell Pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 ¼ Cup Tomato Juice
  • ½ Cup Chili Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Chili Powder
  • 2 Tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp BBQ Sauce
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
Thickening Agent (Optional)
  • Yellow Cornmeal
  • Cornstarch
  • All Purpose Flour
Topping (Optional)
  • Cheddar Cheese, shredded

Instructions
 

  • In a large skillet, add the ground beef, diced onions, and green bell pepper and cook until browned. Drain any grease.
    1 lb Lean Ground Beef, 1/4 Cup Yellow Onion, 1/4 Cup Green Bell Pepper
  • Add the tomato juice, chili sauce, chili powder, brown sugar, and BBQ sauce to the skillet. Salt and Pepper to taste.
    1 1/4 Cup Tomato Juice, 1/2 Cup Chili Sauce, 1 Tbsp Chili Powder, 2 Tbsp Brown Sugar, 1 Tbsp BBQ Sauce, Salt and Pepper
  • Let the chili simmer until the desired consistency is reached, about 30 minutes. Optionally you can add a little cornmeal, cornstarch or flour to help achieve the desired thickness.
  • Spread some chili over your cooked hot dog and optionally top with some shredded cheddar cheese.

Nutrition

Calories: 80kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 9gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.2gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 207mgPotassium: 260mgFiber: 1gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 404IUVitamin C: 9mgCalcium: 14mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional information provided for this recipe is based on 1 serving. This information is an estimate and may vary based on several factors. If nutritional information is important to you and your diet, please verify this recipe with a Registered Dietitian.

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2 Comments

  1. Will says:

    Copycat? This look nothing like DQ Hot dog Chili sauce, nor does it TASTE anything like it. Their chili dog sauce is a fine particulate sauce meaning the ground beef is cooked down to small pieces and the sauce is just way off in flavor.

  2. Rebecca says:

    This copycat chili hotdog sauce is the best I have ever tasted. Very tasty and the best chili for your hotdogs. I have made it two ways, one with cheese and one without. I must admit the one with the cheese is the best.

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