Casserole Dishes · Quick & Easy Meals

4 Ingredient Chili Cheese Dog Casserole

With only 4 ingredients, this Chili Cheese Dog Casserole could not be any easier! It’s one of those yummy, stick-to-your-ribs casseroles that the whole family will love. (It’s Hubby-approved, too! ) The best part is it tastes absolutely delicious, and just like a chili cheese dog without the mess.

I used canned chili in this casserole, but leftover homemade chili would work great, too!

Chili Cheese Dog Casserole -

Since I’ve already made a big pot of Autumn Chili and another full size casserole in the last few days, and have eaten enough leftovers this week, I wanted to make a casserole we haven’t had for quite a long time. I cut this recipe in half and used my 8″ x 8″ baking dish. It’s the perfect size for dinner one night and lunch the next day for the two of us!

4 Ingredient Chili Cheese Dog Casserole -

Chili Cheese Dog Casserole

Printable recipe

There are two ways to do the tater tots. Either way, it is going to take 40 minutes cooking time. I have included both directions below. I prefer to precook my tater tots to put on the bottom for a firmer sturdier bottom layer.

You’ll need a baking dish or pan that can handle the higher heat, but I’ve also included baking temperature and time for Pyrex baking dishes.

Prep 5 minutes Cook 45 minutes Serves 8


  • 2 (15 ounce) cans chili with beans (Hubby prefers I use 3 cans for a full casserole dish)
  • 8 hot dogs
  • 1 (28 ounce) package frozen tater tots
  • 8 ounces cheddar cheese salt pepper

Directions – Option 1 (if pre-cooking tater tots)

  1. Preheat your oven to 425°F/220°C
  2. Bake the tater tots as directed on the package, about 20 minutes.
  3. Lightly grease/oil a 9″ X 13″ pan. Layer the tater tots in the bottom.
  4. Top with sliced hot dogs.
  5. Spread the chili over the top of the hotdogs. Bake for 15 minutes.
  6. Sprinkle cheese on top of the tots and bake for about 5 minutes, until the cheese melts.

Directions – Option 2 (if NOT pre-cooking tater tots)

  1. Preheat your oven to 425°F/220°C
  2. Lightly grease/oil a 9″ X 13″ pan.
  3. Stir the chili and the sliced hot dogs together in the bottom of the pan.
  4. Layer the tater tots on next.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes.
  6. Sprinkle cheese on top of the tots and bake for about 10 minutes, until the cheese melts.

Directions if using Pyrex or Anchor Hocking: Use Option 2, bake at 350°F/177°C for 50 minutes. Add cheese and bake another 10 minutes.

I popped open a can of biscuits to bake and serve along with this casserole.



23 thoughts on “4 Ingredient Chili Cheese Dog Casserole

    1. I made it Sunday night and just FYI just because your husband approved it doesn’t mean it was actually good. It Actually was not that great. It was just a plateful mush . I recommend if you make this in the future that you use real chili and not canned chili that has no taste to it whatsoever.


      1. Sorry you didn’t like my recipe, but great that you had ideas to make it better to suit your tastes. If you have read many of my posts, you would see that a lot of my recipes are shortcut recipes geared more for people that don’t have the time, energy or enthusiasm to spend extended time in the kitchen. 🙂


  1. I’m only cooking for my uncle and myself. Could I make this recipe and divide it in 2 8″ x 8″ pans and bake one and freeze the other for a later day? I love to make 2 meals out of one like this.

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    1. Yes, you most definitely can! I suggest you put the cheese in a baggie and freeze wrapped up with the pan. Let the pan thaw for at least a couple of hours before baking. Bake as directed, adding the cheese about halfway through the baking time.


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