This pizza!!! OH. My god. This pizza!!! Yep, it was THAT crazy good!! Thankfully I DOUBLED it. And you just might want to also!! Even if you don’t want to make two pizzas, you can always freeze half of the chili for a rainy day! It’s not hard to make, silly-easy actually, and PERFECT for the upcoming Super Bowl parties!! Yep. My Chili Cheese Dog Pizza was that good. Like…you don’t want to put your slice down good! Seriously….you should just make two…. 😉
I did double this and ended up making two pizzas, and honestly, for several reasons, the second one was even better than the first one! I accidentally over baked the first one a little when I turned my back on it while chopping toppings. Don’t do this. It cooks fast at the end. Oops.
But secondly, and more importantly, the chili was even better after sitting in the fridge for a couple days! As with all chilies, soups and stews, it just gets better after a day or so. So I highly recommend, though the first pizza was also seriously outstanding!, that you might want to make the chili the day before. (*And do make sure that you cook it down, otherwise it could make for a runny mess and make your crust a soggy disaster! Soggy bottoms are never fun!)
And by making the chili ahead, especially if you’re making this for a crowd….say on game day, the assembly will be pathetically easy and quick! PERFECT for when you have guests!! No fret – no mess – no probs!! And to make it a party pizza, set out a bunch of toppings for everyone!
We LOVED it with finely chopped onion, (and I added some thinly sliced peperoncini peppers to mine, too!) But you can set out mustard, pickles, jalapeños, crumbled bacon, hot sauce, chopped tomatoes, pickle relish, whatever sounds fun!!
So, though this recipe might sound “odd”, I mean a “Chili Cheese Dog Pizza”…really?? TRUST me!! Because, OMG was it ever good!!!!! As I said before, it’s hard to even set your piece down in-between bites!!! I had to actually tell myself to slow down! We’re total chili dog lovers, and now…uhm….it’s gonna be buh-bye bun….and hello pizza!!!!
OH, yea. We were in Chili Cheese Dog HEAVEN.
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So if you’re a chili cheese dog lover too, you’re going to have a serious crush for this one at first bite!! It’s fun. It’s DELICIOUS. And it’s not hard to make!! What’s not to love? Make one this weekend for your family or upcoming Super Bowl party!! Enjoy all!
- For Chili Dog Chili:
- 1 lb. quality lean ground beef, cooked and finely chopped, drained if needed
- ½ cup V8 Spicy Hot Tomato Vegetable Juice
- 1 (6 oz.) can tomato paste
- 1¼ cups water
- ½ tsp. Better Than Bouillon Beef Base
- 1½ tsp. Worcestershire sauce
- 2 Tbl. chili powder
- 1 Tbl. cumin
- ½ tsp. sweet smoked paprika
- ½ tsp. balsamic vinegar
- ¼ tsp. garlic powder
- ¼ tsp. dark brown sugar
- ¼ tsp. cayenne
- ¼ tsp. coarse ground black pepper
- ¼ tsp. smoked salt, can sub regular salt or liquid smoke
- ¼ tsp. regular table salt
- ¼ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
- ¼ tsp. cajun seasoning such as Slap Ya Mama
- ¼ tsp. spicy brown or regular table mustard
- Rest of Ingredients:
- 1 lb. pizza dough, homemade or store bought, enough for 1 pizza
- 4 quality hotdogs, sliced (preferably all-beef hotdogs, but use your favorite!)
- ½ of an 8 oz. bag Sargento Off the Block 4 Cheese Mexican Blend Fine Cut shredded cheese, or your own preferred brand
- ½ of an 8 oz. bag Sargento Off the Block Mozzarella and Provolone Blend Traditional Cut shredded cheese, or your own preferred brand
- Optional Toppings: mustard, finely chopped sweet or red onion, pickled jalapeño rings, peperoncini peppers, sport peppers, hot sauce or sriracha, dill or sweet pickle slices or relish, snipped green onions, crisp crumbled bacon, thinly sliced or chopped tomatoes, sour cream
- For Chili:
- In large frying pan, brown ground beef chopping up well as you go along. Drain grease if necessary.
- Add rest of Chili Dog Chili ingredients and stir in well. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to Low, and simmer, stirring as needed, until very thick according to preference. (I took mine ALL the way down cooking out all of the water and it took about, max, 25 minutes.) Remove from heat and set aside.
- To Assemble:
- Press a pound of pizza dough onto a lightly greased pizza pan sprinkled with a little cornmeal, leaving the outer edge higher and rounded to hold in the ingredients. Top evenly with chili, sliced hot dogs, and shredded cheese. (*I placed 3 sliced hotdogs under the cheese, and placed the last sliced one on top).
- To Bake:
- Pop into preheated 425º F oven and bake for 20 - 22 minutes until crust is light golden brown.
- Remove from oven, top with any additional toppings desired, slice like a pie into triangles (or into small squares), and serve!
*DO NOT turn your back on the chili. It's thick, and needs to be tended to while cooking down. Stir and fold a lot, as it will "burp" like lava! It's easy, and may get thick enough after just 20 minutes if you have it over higher heat than me. Just make sure you cook it down until very, very thick so it doesn't wreck your crust.