Meat Sides

Paleo Hog Dog Chili with Jalapeno Slaw

Imagine eating a chili dog with slaw, onions and yellow mustard. Now imagine taking off the bun and eating it in a bowl with a fork and you’ve got the idea behind this recipe. Another way to look at it, we’ve taken off the sour cream, avocado and cheese from chili and added hot dog toppings.


Chili Ingredients

  • 1 lb. ground meat* (I used ground chicken, but anything would work)
  • 1 package hot dogs, chopped (I used sugar-free beef franks from U.S. Wellness Meats)
  • 1 can Rotel tomatoes, juice drained, chopped small
  • 1 c tomato sauce
  • 2 chipolte peppers in adobe sauce, chopped finely
  • 1 t garlic powder
  • 1 t cumin powder

Slaw Ingredients

  • 1 red cabbage, sliced thinly (The cabbage should quite small–weighing about 1 lb., you won’t need more than that)
  • 1/2 c mayo
  • 1/2 red onion, sliced
  • 3 T pickled jalapenos, finely chopped**
  • 5 T pickled jalapeno juice**
  • 1 T yellow mustard


In a medium sauce pan, cook the ground meat all the way through and then add the cut up hot dogs. Throw the rest of the ingredients in the pot and let it simmer while you make the slaw.

For the slaw, get out a large bowl and add all the ingredients, except the cabbage, and whisk to combine. Add the cabbage to the slaw base and mix to combine.

To serve, place the chili on the bottom of the bowl, then add some slaw and top with whatever hot dog fixings you like. Yellow mustard is an absolute must!

*If you’re pinching pennies, you can definitely leave out the ground meat and just use hot dogs. Chop the hot dogs rather small so they go further.

**Don’t be afraid of the pickled jalapenos or the juice. It’s not nearly as spicy as fresh jalapeno…but as always, add a little at a time and taste as you go–because you can’t take it away after you’ve added it.

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    October 23, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    Tried the recipe today, very delicious as many your other recipes, i really love this website. They only this was I didnt read the double starred last line and followed recipe fully, so my mouth is officially burning but in a good way!!! but its still burning! thanks for the recipe, next time i’ll use less jalapenos.

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      megan keatley
      October 24, 2010 at 4:54 pm

      oh dear…glad you liked it though. thanks michelle!

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    Kelli F.
    April 6, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    I’ve decided to use your chili to make a meat fest! I’m not using any dogs but instead putting this over a burger with some bacon of course for a chili burger sans bun and cheese. I’ll let you know how awesomely yummy it is later 😉

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    August 13, 2011 at 10:17 am

    This is so awesome. We made it for our toddler too so left out the jalapenos… really delicious.

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    Sarah Cozy
    December 5, 2011 at 9:05 am

    My Husband and I LOVE this recipe! And being from the south we use andouille sausage(instead of hot dogs, sauted first then added to the meat. It really adds a bit more heat if you like spicy! And we use Broccoli slaw instead of cabbage. Adds a bit more crunch. We just stumbled onto this website but get a lot of our recipes from it! Keep ’em coming!

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    February 16, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    Wow, this was great! Really, really tasty. I used the Ro-tel diced tomatoes with green chilies. Thanks very much for the recipe!

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    February 19, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    YUM! Thanks for this recipe. My husband and I just thoroughly enjoyed it.

    2 things:
    1) I used a 15-oz. can of tomatoes and it was a really nice consistency, so I suspect that is the size you meant (if anyone else has no Rotel and wants to use something else already in the pantry).
    2) As I was almost done, I thought of another perfect topper: pickles! In fact, I might substitute regular pickles for the jalapeno next time I make it, so my kids can share.

    While I’m here, Paleo Chicken Nuggets were a big hit too, including with a very picky 4-year-old.

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    June 5, 2012 at 2:01 am

    Awesome! Added chopped cilantro to chili cuz I had it on hand. Made w broccoli slaw. Yellow mustard is key! Btw: your sweet potato pancakes are easy & really really good!
    Glad I found this site! I’m celiac who went paleo & never felt better!!

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    February 11, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    I made this tonight for dinner, and it scored a 10! The husband was happy! The kids were happy! And there was not a single leftover! Thanks for a great recipe. I look forward to trying some more.

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    March 5, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Made this last night, so, so, so good! There’s just two of us, but i’m surprised there was any leftovers. However, i’m glad there is…lunch for me today 🙂 Thanks again for great recipes!

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    March 25, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    I have to admit, I had my doubts about the simple ingredients for the chili, but since you have never steered me wrong before I followed the recipe. Soooo good!! My boyfriend ate his atop a sweet potato. Definitely making this again!!

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    Kari S.
    April 24, 2013 at 9:35 am

    I found this recipe while searching for something to make with hotdogs that I bought at Polyface Farms. I LOVED it! This recipe has been added to our dinner rotation! Thanks!!

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    July 18, 2013 at 12:30 am

    Has any one tried this recipe with regular cabbage ? It’s all I have and I really want to try it

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      July 19, 2013 at 8:39 pm

      should be great with any cabbage. thanks samantha.

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    Christina R.
    March 28, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    Making my own twist on this tonight! Using your chili recipe as listed (with some of my own spices added to the ground beef when browning and Appelgate uncured chicken hot dogs) but no slaw on top–using the chili as a sweet potato topper, instead! Adding the chopped onion and yellow mustard on top. YUMMY! I’m really excited about this, fingers crossed it comes out well–the chili smells fantastic!

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      Christina R.
      August 19, 2014 at 7:53 pm

      Note: IT CAME OUT AMAZING. I made this regularly now. Making it tonight! 🙂

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