Chili cheese dog chili - A chili dog in a bowl! Easy kid-loving weeknight meal in your pressure cooker (Instant Pot)!

Whoa guys! Chili Cheese Dog Chili, it is a mouthful.

I wish, I only wish I could take credit for this beauty. Let me tell you what happened…

My wife was on Pinterest, looking at food. Typical. She spots this slow cooker chili cheese dog chili from Hot dogs are not her number one food. Not even her #1000 food, but she knows how I love hot dogs. She shows it to me, reads the ingredients, and I’m so down. Let’s do this.

So yeah, the original recipe is done in the slow cooker. Perfect!
Just not for me, not on this day. I wanted it and I wanted it now!

“No worries,” she says. “I’m gonna throw it in the pressure cooker and see what happens.”
Rock on, so that’s what we did.

We did add a couple of things to the original recipe and removed a package of hot dogs from 2 packages down to one.   My cholesterol can only take so much, you know?

But this recipe is all Meaghan’s at  Really great blog, I can’t wait to eat my way through some of her food.  Guys, it’s like…a chili dog in a bowl.  Low-carb if you will.  Maybe Keto, maybe Paleo.  I have no idea what I’m talking about – I have no clue what any of those diets are all about! 🙂

All I can say is, it’s quick, it’s delicious, and if I had to guess, your kids will love it!  For instructions on how to do it in the slow cooker, go check Meaghan out!



2 pounds ground beef, browned and drained
1 large white onion, chopped
1 bell green pepper, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 14 oz cans diced tomatoes, not drained
2 15 oz cans chili beans, not drained
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 tablespoons ketchup
2 tablespoons barbecue sauce
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1.5 heaping tbsp yellow mustard
3 tbsp chili powder
1/2 tsp cumin
3-4 teaspoons red wine vinegar
shake or two of your favorite hot sauce, optional
1 package (quantity 8) of beef hot dogs, I use Nathan’s, thinly sliced
minced white onion, for garnish
shredded cheddar cheese, for garnish


Set your pressure cooker/Instant Pot to sauté. Add the ground beef, brown. If you have some grease down there, get it out either with a ladle or dump it in a colander. Add it back to the pot, along with everything else, saving some onion for garnish, if using. Give it a stir.

Stir. Press cancel on your pot and set the time for 11 minutes, high pressure. Let the pressure come down naturally.

Serve with onions and cheese, on a hot dog bun (yum!), or on a bed of Fritos!

NOTE** There’s so much chatter out in the interweb about pressure cookers and how long it takes to come to pressure and is it worth it and … blah, blah, blah. So I timed it for you guys. I left the sauté button on after I browned the meat. Then once everything was in and I hit the start button to pressure, it only took 9 minutes to come to pressure. That’s it. Now, if you’re using frozen stuff, it will take longer. If you don’t leave the sauté button on, it will take longer.

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And this:Save time and tears! I love this little gadget to make quick work of chopping veggies!

This thing right here.   This will cut your  prepping, chopping time by 3/4.  Not even kidding.  The wife said she ordered this gadget.  I rolled my eyes.  She said it will save her plenty of time.  Whatever you want, I thought, because to be honest, she is the one who preps the veggies.  And she cooks alot of veggie meals.  So hey, if it saves time, go for it, but I had my doubts.  I mean, it just seemed like another…gadget.

It freaking rocks!  It’s sturdy, not some cheapo thing and it’s dishwasher safe.  Love it!

Chili cheese dog chili! Easy pressure cooker recipe that your kids will love!

Chili cheese dog chili! Easy pressure cooker recipe that your kids will love!

Chili cheese dog chili! Easy pressure cooker recipe that your kids will love!

Chili cheese dog chili! Easy pressure cooker recipe that your kids will love!

Chili cheese dog chili! Easy pressure cooker recipe that your kids will love!

34 thoughts on “Chili Cheese Dog Chili – Pressure Cooker [Instant Pot]”

  1. I love good quality hot dogs. Also chili is delicious. Do you guys have a Doghaus Restaurant Out by you? We have one here in California and ridiculous good dogs! If you ever get the chance it’s a must!

  2. This recipe is my husbands love language! Thank you for sharing this recipe over t Healthy Living Link Party. I will be featuring you tonight. We are back from our break and I hope to see you again.

      1. I know right! If you have a pressure cooker, an air fryer, and a fire pit, you can basically get rid of your stove.

          1. It makes a pot full! Servings, I would say 8. It’s hard to gauge because it’s just me and the wife. Although when we make it, we eat on it and still have enough left over to freeze a couple of quart size bags. Also, I guess it depends on how you’re gonna eat it. If you’re going to stuff it in a hot dog bun, you can feed a lot of people. If you’re going to enjoy it by the bowl, it depends on the appetite. I hope that helps.

  3. I will have a large bowl full of all that goodness, please! I will just love your recipe, combines my love for chili and hot dogs! Hope you have a great week and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday.
    Miz Helen

  4. I don’t have a slow cooker, so when I see recipes using slow cooker, I don’t bother. I tell myself to forget about it. I have pressure cooker, though I haven’t thought of using it. This is such an amazing idea and the dish looks really good! Thanks for sharing at Fiesta Friday party! I hope you’ll have a chance to visit other party goers, too!

    1. Just about anything you can put in a slow cooker you can put in the pressure cooker! Thanks for checking it out Jhuls! I will certainly be checking out all the great stuff at the party!

    1. I really love hotdogs. I can’t explain it. lol My wife will shake her head and say, ‘You do realize that’s made of chicken lips and pig’s kneecaps.’
      But oh how yummy they are! 😉

  5. Hi There, Thank you for linking up with Souper Sundays at Kahakai Kitchen. Your chili looks really delicious and I’m happy to have you join in. I looked but don’t see a mention and link to Souper Sundays at Kahakai Kitchen on this post and would appreciate if you could add it when you get a minute so that I can include you in the roundup.
    The details of what is requested are on the post. Mahalo! Deb, Kahakai Kitchen

  6. I have never experienced chili with hot dogs before. This sounds amazingly good, and something my husband would enjoy! Perfect for this cooler time of the year!

  7. You gave some great insight in this post, I really liked it! I LOVE hot dogs, so I might have to bring it back up to 2 packages. haha! This seems like a lot though. How many servings did it make?

    1. It makes a lot! Easily to feed quite a few people! I don’t think it would be too much if you used 2 packages. If my wife wasn’t the cholesterol police I would definitely put two packages. Or at least a package and a half.

  8. This recipe sounds so good in the Instant Pot. I love that there are hot dogs added to this chili!
    Thanks for sharing this at Cooking and Crafting with J & J. I can’t wait to see your next recipe!

  9. Saw this recipe over on Souper Sundays and was intrigued. This looks wonderful! Definitely something my family would love. Funny enough, we are partial to Nathan’s as well.

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