Sonic the Hedgehog Chili Dog Recipe

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Everyone knows that our favorite blue hedgehog loves his chili dogs. Join me in a cook-off and test Sonic’s chili dog recipe vs. my in-house favorite chili recipe (crafted by my wonderful Fiance; who’s a great cook I must add!).

Here’s a chili dog recipe a la Sonic. His recipe is pretty standard, a bit mild, but still flavorful.
chili dog a la sonic comic book recipe
Photo credit: Sonic Retro
Here’s my Fiance’s recipe. If you prefer a more bold flavor (or spice), I’d recommend giving this one a try!

Chili Dog Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 2 -14.5 oz cans of diced tomatoes (choose whichever flavors suit your palette. We use a variety, from ‘zesty jalapenos’ to ‘green pepper, celery, & onion.’)
  • 1 bottle Cholula hot sauce
  • 1 -14.5 oz can of chili beans (again, choose whichever flavor suits your palette -mild or hot sauce)
  • 5-7 baby dill pickles, chopped (unusual, I know, but trust me on this!)
  • Garlic salt -1 teaspoon
  • Chili powder -1 teaspoon
  • 1 small can tomato paste

chili ingredients——-

  • Hot dogs (preferably grilled)
  • Hot dog buns
  • Toppings of choice (shredded cheese, onions, etc.)

chopping pickles




Chili Instructions:

1. Brown your burger with the garlic salt and half of the bottle of Cholula (if you don’t like spicy food, cut back to 1/4 bottle).

cooking chili on the stove

2. Add your canned tomatoes and chili beans, chili powder, diced pickles, can of tomato paste and a 1/4 bottle of Cholula sauce. Stir together and let simmer for a minimum of 30 minutes.
(Honestly, simmering for upwards of 2 hours really makes the chili even better!)

cooking chili

grilling hotdogs

3. Cook up your hot dogs, add a layer of chili, top anyway you like and enjoy!

chili dogs with mustard

Sonic the Hedgehog inspired chili dogs

Talk about an easy but hearty meal! Did anyone participate in the cook-off? Which recipe was your favorite? Do you have a request for future fictional foods? Leave a request in the comments below.




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  • Julie

    my mouth is watering.I was just talking about chili yesterday with coworkers,I prefer the bean choice with your fiancé chili

    • Jessica (aka The Nifty Nerd)

      Sounds like your dinner plans are made then 😉

  • Carol Reis

    It looks very good. Congratulations !

    • Jessica (aka The Nifty Nerd)

      Thank you Carol. It’s quite good if I may say so! 😀

  • pepi

    Woah, I want to try it… BUT!!! I will only do it with a less hot sauce or I will have a heart attack! xDDD I cannot really handle well really hot stuff… But, I will give this a try for sure!

    • Jessica (aka The Nifty Nerd)

      You can definitely sub out ingredients for less spicy versions. That’s what’s so great about this recipe!

  • Anna Gailey

    OMG! Sonic’s Chili Dogs. I kind of forgot these were a thing. I’m def going to have to try these!
    BTW, I nominated you for Liebster award here, because I think you’re kind of amazing!

    • Jessica (aka The Nifty Nerd)

      You definitely should!
      Aw, thank you -I’m honored for the nomination!

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