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Healthy Chili-Cheese Dogs

Photo: Kate Sears; Styling: Gerri Williams
Prep time 5 mins
Cook time 20 mins
Yield Serves 8
Your kids will flip for these Healthy Chili-Cheese Dogs! Uncured hot dogs cost a few dollars more than regular ones, but they're worth it. They are lower in fat and sodium and free of nitrites.


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 8-oz. can tomato sauce
  • 1 15-oz. can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • Salt, optional
  • 8 uncured turkey or chicken hot dogs
  • 8 whole-wheat hot dog buns, toasted
  • 1/2 cup shredded low-fat Cheddar

Nutrition Information

  • calories 328
  • fat 15 g
  • satfat 3 g
  • protein 15 g
  • carbohydrate 34 g
  • fiber 6 g
  • cholesterol 47 mg
  • sodium 1192 mg

How to Make It

  1. Warm oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring, until softened, about 3 minutes. Stir in garlic and chili powder and sauté 30 seconds. Stir in tomato sauce and beans and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until sauce has thickened, about 10 minutes. Season with salt, if desired.

  2. Bring a large pot of water to boil. Add hot dogs and boil 5 minutes. Drain well, place on buns, top with chili and cheese, and serve immediately.