Fourth of July Easy Chili Dog Recipe

This Easy Chili Dog Recipe is perfect for Fourth of July entertaining, or any holiday or summer party!


Friends, it’s hot in Oregon! We’re up to 108 degrees today … and I’m thankful that we have a pool.

I’ve been in our pool more this year than in the last 10 years combined, living in this house. I’m not sure why, but I’ve really been enjoying taking a dip, and swimming in the evenings.

Easy Chili Dog Recipe

Life is short (and hot), so I’m working hard to stay cool.

Are you ready for the weekend ahead? Are you entertaining for the Fourth of July?

Planning for the Fourth.

I’m making sure we have everything we need for the barbecue months ahead, and plenty of drinks on hand is essential. We’ve found that people love to stop by during the Fourth of July weekend, and in the summer months in general!

Here are 7 tips to planning a Fourth of July party, and don’t forget to enter to win 2 United airline tickets! What a deal!

Our daughter just left for Hawaii with a friend for 16 days, but before she left I asked her to make me a good “chili dog recipe.” We’ve enjoyed cooking together this summer, just in time for her to be leaving me in the fall (sniff-sniff) for college. I will truly miss her!

Easy Chili Dog Recipe.

This Easy Chili Dog Recipe is perfect for the Fourth, if you plan on entertaining a crowd. Double or triple the recipe, barbecue the dogs, set out toppings such as cheese, sour cream, tomatoes—and they will come! Oh, and here’s a few other things you could serve with this dish:

Peach Ricotta Crostini

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Fresh Raspberry Yogurt Cake (with homemade Vanilla ice cream!)

Easy Chili Dog Recipe

You can now buy Bush’s Fiesta Black Beans, which makes creating chili recipes really easy!

Easy Chili Dog Recipe

Cook the bacon, mix in the beans and corn and spices, cook the hot dogs, toast the buns, and make the ultimate chili dog!

Easy Chili Dog Recipe

We cut thick slices of Tillamook’s Pepper Jack cheese to serve as an option. Scrumptious.

Fourth of July on Pinterest.

There are so many recipe options for the Fourth … burgers, hot dogs, kebabs, salmon (yum!), steak, seafood … the list goes on and on!

RE Fourth of July Pinterest Board

Oh, and I have a Fourth of July Pinterest board if you’re looking for a variety of recipes!

Enjoy my friends, and I hope you are staying cool!

What’s on your menu for Fourth of July?

Easy Chili Dog Recipe

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Easy Chili Dog Recipe

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time30 mins
Servings: 8


  • 1/2 pound apple wood smoked bacon
  • 1 15 oz. can diced tomatoes drained
  • 1 15 oz. can corn drained
  • 1 21 oz. Bush’s Grilling Beans Black Bean Fiesta
  • 1 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. dried cilantro leaves
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 pack of 8 hot dogs we buy Organic all beef hot dogs
  • Buns pack of 8


  • Cook the bacon; drain and cool on a paper towel. Cut into small pieces.
  • In a large pan, add the tomatoes, corn, and beans; stir. Add in the bacon, cayenne pepper, dried cilantro leaves. Cook over medium heat until heated through, about 10 minutes. Salt and pepper to taste.
  • While chili is cooking, grill or cook the hot dogs on the stove. Toast the buns. Serve together with hot dog on the toasted bun, with a large spoonful or two of chili on top. Garnish with toppings such as cheese, sour cream, fresh cilantro, tomatoes, more crispy bacon. Serve!

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Easy Chili Dog Recipe

5 comments on “Fourth of July Easy Chili Dog Recipe”

  1. What would Independence Day be without a nice hot dog! This chili dog recipe takes it to the next level. Thanks Sandy :)

    Stay cool & Happy 4th of July weekend,

  2. we are heading to my inlaws for a bbq. I’m bringing a Bbq beans and sausage dish.

  3. I’ll have to look for the Bush’s Fiesta beans….have not tried them yet. The Bush’s homeplace and factory at Chestnut Hill, Tennessee is only an hour away from our home in Knoxville so we have visited the grounds where the old homeplace still stands and they have a gift shop and café. They offer a tour of the factory, too. Our Fourth will be quiet and probably rainy! Enjoy your sunshine!

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