Photo by: Photo: Kate Sears; Styling: Gerri Williams

Healthy Chili-Cheese Dogs

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.

  • Yield: Serves 8


  • 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


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.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 328
  • Fat: 15g
  • Saturated fat: 3g
  • Protein: 15g
  • Carbohydrate: 34g
  • Fiber: 6g
  • Cholesterol: 47mg
  • Sodium: 1192mg

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Healthy Chili-Cheese Dogs Recipe