Easy Chili Recipe ~ For Chili Hot Dogs, Frito Pie or Just by Itself!

I have been making this easy chili recipe for years now.  When my family had to start eating gluten free I had to make a lot of our foods from scratch and I quickly discovered how easy some of the recipes were, like this chili!  

Easy Chili Recipe

Before making my own chili I use to buy canned chili or chili packets to add to ground beef, this recipe taste so much better and is made with better ingredients.  

Easy Chili Recipe for Frito Pie

This chili recipe is really easy to make and is quick to prepare. It is my go to meal when we are in a crunch.   I like the options it gives too; one of my boys will eat as a chili hot dog, one will eat it with chips for a “Frito Pie” meal, or we can just eat by itself with cheese and sour cream on top!  This hot dog pictured is gluten free; the all-purpose flour used in the chili is gluten free, the bun is a Kinnikinnick hot dog bun (found in the freezer section). 

gluten-free chili hot dog. Easy chili recipe.

Easy Chili Recipe
Easy Chili Recipe. Simple ingredients, Quick to prepare and taste great! Perfect chili for chili hot dogs, frito pie or to eat by itself!
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  1. 2 lbs ground beef
  2. 16 oz tomato sauce
  3. 1 cup water
  4. 16 oz pinto beans rinsed and drained
  5. 1 small onion (chopped) or 1/3 cup minced onions
  6. 1 tablespoon cumin
  7. 2 tablespoon chili powder
  8. 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  9. 2 teaspoon salt
  10. 2 teaspoon pepper
  11. 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour ( I use gluten-free)
  1. Brown beef, add onion and garlic in saucepan.
  2. Add tomato sauce and water.
  3. Stir in spice ingredients.
  4. Stir or whisk in all-purpose flour (to thicken chili).
  5. Heat to boiling, reduce heat to low.
  6. Stir in drained beans.
  7. Cover and simmer 10 minutes.
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This is a very mild spiced chili, so if you want a more heat add more chili powder or even some cayenne pepper.

I hope you enjoy this recipe. Please let me know if you did or how you made it your own!

If you liked this recipe then check out my other gluten-free recipes HERE.


  1. My husband and son are always eating chili or meat sauce for their hotdogs, even had it on their burgers last time we made them. 🙂

  2. Amber Ludwig says:

    Mmmmm!! Chili dogs are one of our family’s fav easy weeknight meals!! So yummy!!! Even better with hand made chili than canned yuck!! Thanks for the great recipe!!

  3. Best thing to put on a hot dog! 🙂

  4. Nice! I’ll have to give this one a try!

  5. This looks delicious and easy to make. Thank you for sharing!

  6. Dandi D says:

    Oh, man, this looks so yummy I’m going to have to try it for supper!

  7. Love chili dogs. This recipe sounds super yummy. I will have to try it. Thanks 🙂

  8. So funny! My Mom and I were just talking about Frito Pie and how we need to make some real soon! We love it here in Texas and I have no idea why it’s been so long since we had it last!

  9. That’s a nice quick meal and you know exactly what’s in it.

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  10. Om nom nom! This is looking amazing and I will definitely try these hot dogs this weekend! Thanks <3

  11. In high school we’d sometimes to to the Dairy Queen for lunch. They’d slice open the side of a small bag of Fritos and then put chile on top.

  12. I’ve been having a hankering for chili lately. I’d love to make this recipe with the hot dogs for Labor Day picnic!!! oh wow!

  13. Julie Wood says:

    Oh yum! This recipe looks so delicious and would be great for a Summer barbecue. We love fritos with chili. Thanks for sharing!

  14. Yummy! This will be perfect for the fall!

  15. Looks good and will have to give it a try.

  16. This recipe looked so good, I copied it down. I am going to make it this coming weekend. I thank you so much for the share.

  17. David Fultner says:

    Beans in chili??? It most not be Texas chili.

  18. I love chili, and there is nothing better than quick chili!

  19. This sounds like a great chili recipe for the whole family, kids included! I love making chili in the cooler months, it’s the perfect comfort food!

  20. (Easy Chili Recipe ~ For Chili Hot Dogs, Frito Pie or Just by Itself!) This sound like a recipe that I would want to make for my husband and I. We will have chili the first night and then chili dogs the next night-

  21. This sounds like a great recipe, we love chili in our home so I’ll have to try this one.

  22. denise low says:

    We would love to try this one. Thank you for the information. This looks delicious

  23. I must try this. It looks so delicious!! Homemade chili is the best.

  24. Debbie Welchert says:

    Oh my, I love this recipe. It stuff I usually always have on had. There is nothing like a good chili dog. I can’t wait to try it out….

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