This recipe is totally just for fun! It was fun to make and even more fun to eat – the kids loved it. The homemade chili and pizza dough really make for the perfect Homemade on a Weeknight meal. Chili Cheese Dog Pizza is perfect to liven up an otherwise boring day, or to celebrate one of lifes small victories.
I have included a recipe for thin crust pizza dough. It really is quick simple to make. The only time consuming part is the rising of the dough. But really if you put the dough together right when you get home, it will likely be risen by the time you are ready to start dinner. If you are pressed for time you can certainly use a store bought dough or even those pre/par cooked pizza rounds. Just adjust the recipe accordingly. In the dough recipe I mention using a rolling pin (I prefer a French Rolling Pin, no handles) to press out the dough. This is a preference thing for me, you could absolutely do it by hand if you like to.
This recipe for chili is another super simple one. It’s not winning any chili cook-offs but it will be a delicious chili for this pizza. You could definitely use your own chili recipe – as long as it results in something close to a sauce and not super chunky with veggies and such. That would not cook down the same way. Again if pressed for time you could definitely swap out for your favorite can of chili. I would suggest one 15oz can for each pizza.
This is a pretty filling heart pizza, we didn’t need any side dishes. But we also didn’t have any leftovers. So if you are hopeful to have some leftover for lunch the next day – you might want to add a side. My son had suggested crinkle cut fries (which he also suggested cooking right on the pizzas). You could also go the counterbalance way of things and do a salad.
Now Let’s Get Cookin’!
Chili Cheese Dog Pizza
- 1 Pizza Dough Recipe see below
- 8 Jumbo All-Beef Franks sliced
- 4 cups Cheddar Cheese shredded
- 1 Jalpeno sliced
- ½ Medium Red Onion chopped
For the Chili
- 1 lb Ground Beef
- 1 tbsp Dried Minced Garlic
- 3 Garlic Cloves minced
- ½ cup Honey
- ½ cup Ketchup
- 2 tbsp Chili Powder
- 1 9oz can Tomato Paste
- 1 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
- 2 15oz can Kidney Beans drained
- 2 cups Beef Broth
- Prepare Pizza dough as directed in recipe shared below up to the step of the first bake.
- In a large saute pan over medium high heat, add ground beef, onion and garlic. Cook and crumble until no longer pink.
- In a bowl combine honey, ketchup, chili powder, worcestershire sauce, tomato paste and water.
- Add mixture to ground beef along with bean. Bring just to a bubble then reduce heat to medium low and cover. Stir occasionally and let simmer until ready to make the pizzas.
- Preheat oven to 425degF
- Complete first bake of pizza dough. Add half of sauce to each pizza, sprinkle each with 1½ cup cheese, half of red onions, half of hot dog slices and half of jalapenos. Sprinkle each with ½ cup cheese.
- Place in oven and bake for another 15 minutes. Remove and cool for 5 minutes before cutting to serve.
Thin Crust Pizza Dough
- 2 tbsp Yeast instant
- ⅓ cup Oil
- 1½ cup Warm Water
- 2 tbsp Sugar
- 2 tsp Salt
- 4½ cups Flour
- Prepare all of the ingredients
- In a large bowl, combine warm water, yeast, sugar, salt, and oil. Let sit to activate for about 10 minutes. Yeast should become foamy.
- Add flour to activated yeast mixture. Stir together until a sticky dough forms. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to proof for about an hour (until dough has doubled in size)
- Preheat oven to 425degF.
- Once risen, split into two equal halves. Add one half of dough to floured surface and use a rolling pin to press out into ¼-in thick in the shape of the baking sheet. Move to parchment paper covered baking sheet. Spray with cooking oil.
- Bake for 8 minutes.
- Continue to pizza recipe directions.
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