Chili Cheese Dog Bake

Um, so what is the sorcery?! Say hello to dinner.

This Chili Cheese Dog Bake is nothing short of amazing. And when you make homemade chili for in it...WOW – it’s so delicious.

It’s everything you love about a classic chili cheese dogs, made into a comforting dinner that your whole family will love. Trust me, my whole family L.O.V.E.D this.

Chili Sauce

1 lb. ground beef
1/2 finely chopped onion
1/2 clove garlic
1 6 oz. can tomato paste
1 cup ketchup
1 cup water
3 tbs. brown sugar
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp cumin

Sauté meat, garlic and onions till browned. Add all the spices and stir well. Then add in the tomato paste, ketchup and water. I added a little more water, until it was the consistency I liked. Cook over super low heat for 3-4 hours. Make sure to watch it so it doesn't dry out and stick. Once it was finished cooking, I put it in a blender to make it a finer consistency.

Chili Cheese Dog Bake

Chili sauce from above recipe {or 1 can of chili sauce...but seriously, the homemade sauce makes the difference!}
1 can Pillsbury refrigerated classic pizza crust
1 8 oz. block cheddar cheese {cut into sticks}
1 pack all-beef hot dogs
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
Heat oven to 375°F. Spray 9-inch square or 11x7-inch (2-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray. Pour hot chili into dish; spread evenly. Unroll dough; cut into equal strips so there is one for each hot dog. Cut the block of cheese into sticks. Place 1 cheese stick on each side of 1 hot dog. Wrap pizza dough strip around cheese and hot dog, overlapping slightly in center. Repeat with remaining dough strips, cheese sticks and hot dogs. Place wrapped hot dogs on top of hot chili. The chili must be hot y'all. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until dough is light golden brown. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, melt butter and then stir in the garlic powder. Remove the baking dish from the oven. Brush on top of each cheese dog with butter mixture. Serve immediately and enjoy the amazingness!