Hot Dog Sliders with Chili and Cheese

Hot dogs are an all-American food and the perfect size for hot-dog sliders. This hot dog sliders recipe combines chili and cheese and serves them on mini buns for a tailgate-inspired meal!

A close up of a slider bun with a hot dog, chili, cheese and onions on it.

Is there ever a bad time for hot dogs? If you’re asking me, the answer will always be “no”. Hot dogs are pure Americana. During the summer, there’s nothing like a dog straight from the grill – lightly marked or completely blistered, depending on your preference. Then, in the cold months, you can boil them up and steam some buns for a delicious taste of the summer that you’re waiting for when the wind is howling and the temperatures are plummeting. They make great lunches or dinners, and they’re always welcome at backyard bashes, gameday parties, or when tailgating at the ballpark.

I’m a life-long fan of hot dogs, and everything I just listed is why. I also love to get creative with hot dogs, and this recipe is borne from that. I’ve taken hot dogs and combined them with the sensibilities of sliders to create a unique appetizer, lunch, or dinner that’s easy, interesting, and always a big hit with everyone.

Hot Dog Sliders with Chili and Cheese

If you stop for a minute and try to imagine the perfect summer or party food, these hot dog sliders will fit the bill. Everyone loves hot dogs slathered in chili and melty cheese. Everyone also loves sliders in almost any form. This recipe combines both of them into the ultimate fun food for all your family and friends.

Toasted slider buns that are toasted on the outside and soft on the inside and stuffed with hot dogs, chili, cheese, red onions, and a kick of heat from added jalapenos. What you end up with is all the classic flavors of chili cheese dogs stuffed into toasted slider buns to create a dish that’s full of delicious flavors and textures.

Three hot dog sliders on a white plate.

Why You’ll Love This Hot Dog Sliders Recipe

  • They’re a great appetizer for game day, backyard BBQs, tailgating, and family gatherings.
  • They’re a fun recipe that the kids can help you make.
  • They are not your typical slider recipe. They’re loaded with hot dogs, chili, Colby jack cheese, and red onions.

Hot Dog Sliders Tips and Variations

I have a couple of tips here to help you make this easy recipe the absolute best that it can possibly be. I also have some fun variations that I think you’ll enjoy.


  • When cutting your hot dogs, be sure you only cut them about 3/4 of the way through. You want to be able to bend them to fit the slider buns without breaking them.
  • Always grill your buns on medium heat. It’s hot enough to toast them but not so hot that they’ll burn easily. You can also add melted butter onto the buns for a better toast on the buns.


  • Go the traditional route, and top your hot dog sliders with ketchup, mustard, and relish.
  • Try making this recipe with grilled brats.
  • Top your dogs with barbecue baked beans for an explosion of backyard BBQ flavor.
A close up photo of a slider with a grilled hot dog, chili, cheese and diced onions on it with the top of the bun in the background.

What to Serve with Chili Cheese Hot Dog Sliders

This recipe is the perfect combination of hot dogs and sliders, and as such, all your favorite BBQ and party foods pair perfectly with them.

Hot Dog Sliders FAQ

If you have questions about this recipe, then you’ll find the answers here. The following FAQ answers the most commonly asked questions about hot dog sliders.

How do you keep hot dogs warm for a party?

Wrap each hot dog slicer in foil, and then place them in a cooler just big enough to hold them all. Their heat will be trapped in the cooler, keeping them warm. To keep them warm even longer, add a travel hot pack to the cooler.

How long will hot dog sliders last in the fridge?

Although cooked hot dogs will last for up to 7 days in the fridge, these hot dog sliders will last for about 3 days in the fridge once they’ve been constructed./p>

What are sliders?

Original sliders were mini hamburgers served on small buns. These days, “sliders” refers to any small sandwich served on a bun.

What goes good with hot dogs for a party?

  • Chili
  • Baked beans
  • Coleslaw
  • Pasta Salad
  • Potato Salad
  • Mac and cheese
  • French fries
A close up of a slider with a bite taken out of it showing the hot dog, chili and cheese.

How to Store and Reheat Hot Dog Sliders

Store these in the refrigerator in an air-tight container for up to 3 days.

To reheat them, wrap them in a moistened paper towel and microwave them at 1-minute intervals until hot.

Hot Dog Sliders Ingredients

It only takes a few simple ingredients to make this recipe. They’re all readily available at your local grocery store.

  • Bun length hot dogs
  • Slider buns
  • Chili with beans
  • Pickled jalapenos
  • Colby Jack cheese or cheddar cheese
  • Red onions
  • Mayonnaise

How to Make Hot Dog Sliders with Chili and Cheese

Making this recipe only takes a few simple steps. It’s a fun recipe that anyone can make, and it’s perfect for getting the kids involved with the cooking.

Step 1: Score the Hot Dogs

Make cuts about 1/4-inch apart down the length of the hot dog. Cut them about 3/4 of the way through, being careful not to cut all the way through them. Form a circle with each hot dog and secure them with a toothpick.

Eight hot dogs on the grill with are cut and made in circles, held together with toothpicks and grilled.

Step 2: Heat the Chili

Add the chili to a small saucepan and cook on medium heat until hot.

Step 3: Toast the Slider Buns

Spread the mayonnaise on the insides of each slider bun. Then, grill them in a frying pan over medium heat until golden brown. Set aside.

Step 4: Grill the Hot Dogs

Grill the hot dogs until they reach you’re desired doneness.

Step 5: Assemble the Sliders

Add the hot dogs to the bottom of each bun, then add a heaping tablespoon of chili followed by garnishes of shredded cheese, diced onions, and pickled jalapenos. Add the top bun and enjoy!

A double collage photo of hot dog sliders with chili, cheese and onions on it.

Try These Delicious Chili Cheese Hot Dog Sliders Today

These hot dog sliders are loaded with all our favorite hot dog flavors, but they’re not loaded with work. Grill them up outside or on an indoor grilling pan, toast your buns, and go to town with all that delicious chili and cheese. These are the perfect dish for a fun lunch or dinner, a backyard party, or any time you want a taste of summer. With all that flavor and ease of making it, there’s no reason not to give them a try. Make this recipe just once, and I know you’ll find yourself making it again and again

A three photo collage of hot dog sliders with chili and cheese.

Here are a Few More Slider Recipes to Try

Pulled Pork Sliders – Each slider is packed high will delicious pulled pork, coleslaw, and crispy fried onions. It’s the perfect way to use up leftover pulled pork.

Cheesy Beefy Sliders – A simple and easy recipe that is made with ground beef, lots of cheese, seasonings, and a handful of other ingredients.

Pepperoni Sausage Pizza Sliders – These delicious sliders are perfect for pizza lovers. They’re sliders that are stuffed with mozzarella cheese, sausage, pepperoni, and tomato sauce.

And, try these Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Sliders from Deliciously Seasoned. They’re loaded with tender honey BBQ chicken and homemade pineapple coleslaw.

Hot Dog Sliders with Chili and Cheese

Great Grub, Delicious Treats

Hot Dog Sliders with Chili and Cheese are an easy and delicious chili dog recipe that are great to serve at parties or as a fun lunch or dinner.

Prep Time 15 mins

Cook Time 15 mins

Total Time 30 mins

Course Appetizer, Dinner, Lunch

Cuisine American

Servings 8 sliders

Calories 467 kcal


  • 8 beef hot dogs, bun length
  • 8 slider buns
  • (2) 15 ounce cans chili with beans
  • 1 tablespoon pickled jalapenos
  • 1 cup Colby Jack cheese, shredded
  • ½ cup red onions, diced
  • ½ cup mayonnaise


  • Start out by making small cuts lengthwise into each hot dog about ¼ inch between each cut, but do not cut all the way through.

  • Form a circle with each hot dog and secure the ends with a toothpick.

  • Heat chili and diced jalapenos, over medium heat, in a small saucepan.

  • Spread mayonnaise on the insides of each slider bun.

  • In a frying pan, over medium heat, place buns, mayo side down, and grill until golden. Remove and set aside.

  • Grill hot dogs until done.

Assemble the Sliders

  • Add hot dogs to the bottom buns followed by a heaping tablespoon or two of chili.

  • Top with shredded cheese, diced onions and the top bun.


Calories: 467kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 15gFat: 34gSaturated Fat: 12gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7gMonounsaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 57mgSodium: 986mgPotassium: 319mgFiber: 4gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 398IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 174mgIron: 4mg

Keyword Chili Dog Sliders, Chili Dogs, Easy Recipe

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A slider with a bite taken out of it showing the hot dog, chili and cheese.
A close up of a hot dog slider on a white plate with shredded cheese, diced onions, chili and hot dog.

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