October 29, 2018

How to Make a Classic Vienna Beef Chili Dog

Now that the weather is cooling off and the leaves are changing colors, we think it’s the perfect time of year to make a hearty classic Vienna Beef Chili Dog! Invite your friends over for game day, Oktoberfest, or a post apple picking party and treat them to a feast. Want to hear the best part? Vienna Beef’s Online Store carries a brand new Chili Dog Kit with all of the essential ingredients. Doesn’t matter if you’re grilling at a tailgate in a parking lot or steaming hot dogs at home, we have a cooking method that will leave everyone cheering.

Here’s What You’ll Need to Prepare Eight (8) Vienna Beef Chili Dogs…

  • 1 Package of Vienna Beef Franks (2 lb.)
  • 1 Package Poppy Seed Buns (8 pack)
  • 1 Bag Chili Dog Chili (1 lb.)
  • 1 Shredded Cheddar Cheese (8 oz.)
  • 1 Large Yellow Onion, Diced (1 oz. serving for each Chili Dog)

Step 1: Heat the Chili Dog Chili

Our Chili Dog Chili is specially formulated in a 1 pound bag for our Chili Dog Kit. Chili Dog Chili is made with hand trimmed beef, onions, tomatoes, our secret blend of spices, and a hint of brown sugar. It’s the perfect addition to your hot dog! For your convenience, below are three ways to heat the chili.

1) From Frozen

  • Place a large pot on the stove.
  • Add enough water to fill 2/3 of the pot and turn the heat on high.
  • Once the water is boiling, carefully add the unopened bag of frozen chili.
  • Reduce the heat to medium-high and let heat for 15-20 minutes or until the product reaches an internal temperature of 160° F.
  • Carefully remove from water and set aside. Caution: Bag will be hot!

2) From Thawed (in the bag)
Thawing Instructions: Thaw under refrigeration for 12 hours or overnight. Once thawed, the product has a 7-day shelf life.

  • Place a large pot on the stove.
  • Add enough water to fill 2/3 of the pot and turn the heat on high.
  • Once the water is boiling, carefully add the unopened bag of thawed chili.
  • Reduce the heat to medium-high and let heat for 10-15 minutes or until the product reaches an internal temperature of 160° F.
  • Carefully remove from water and set aside. Caution: Bag will be hot!

3) From Thawed (in the pot)
Thawing Instructions: Thaw under refrigeration for 12 hours or overnight. Once thawed, the product has a 7-day shelf life.

  • Empty thawed contents into a pot.
  • Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, reduce to a simmer and heat for 5-7 minutes or until the product reaches 160° F.
  • Set aside until ready to use.

Step 2: Heat the Vienna Beef Hot Dogs

For your convenience, below are three ways to heat Vienna Beef hot dogs.

1) Boil on the Stove

  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
  • Place the hot dogs in the pot.
  • Boil the hot dogs 7-10 minutes (they are ready when they float to the top).
  • Remove the hot dogs with tongs.

Pro Tip: If you made enough hot dogs for people to come back for another round, leave the extra dogs in the pot of warm water. Simply move it to a cool burner and put a lid on the pot.

2) Steam on the Stove

  • Use a pot that has a steamer basket that sits above the boiling water.
  • Bring the pot of water to a boil.
  • Place hot dogs in the steamer basket for approximately 5 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 160° F.

3) Grill / Broil

  • Preheat flat grill or BBQ Grill to 350° F.
  • Place hot dogs on the grill and rotate occasionally to get grill marks.
  • Remove after approximately 10 minutes, or internal temperature reaches 160° F.

Step 3: Steam the Hot Dog Buns

1) Steam on the Stove

  • Use a pot that has a steamer basket that sits above the boiling water.
  • Bring the pot of water to a boil.
  • Place hot dog buns in the steamer basket and allow the buns to steam for 1-2 minutes.

2) Steam in a Microwave
Exact timing will vary depending on your microwave.

  • Wet a paper towel with water.
  • Wrap the buns and microwave in increments of 10 seconds, or until desired softness is reached.

Step 4: Assemble the Chili Dogs

  • Place the prepared hot dog in a steamed poppy seed bun
  • Top with one ounce of Chili Dog Chili
  • Add cheese and/or onions
  • Eat and repeat until you’re full

Party Tip: Create a festive chili bar with all of the ingredients laid out so your guests can assemble their Chili Dogs with ease!

Now that you know how to make Vienna Beef Chili Dogs, make sure you share your creations with us on social media using #ViennaBeef!