Tonja’s Table Best Surly Beer Chili Dogs

  • Author: Tonja Engen



  • 2 Tbls. olive oil
  • 1 cup onions, diced
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 cup Surly Hell Lager
  • 3 Tbls. tomato paste
  • 3 Tbls. ketchup
  • 1 Tbls. yellow mustard
  • 1 Tbls. Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp. Sriracha
  • 2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. each salt and pepper
  • 1 package Kosher hot dogs
  • 1 package hot dog buns
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese,
  • ¼ cup cilantro, chopped
  • ¼ cup red onion, chopped


  1. Heat the olive oil in a pan over medium-high heat. Add the onions, cooking until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Add the beef, cooking until browned and cooked through.
  2. Stir in the rest of the ingredients through salt and pepper. Cook until slightly thickened, 5-10 minutes. Remove from heat.
  3. Preheat the broiler. While broiler is preheating, grill hot dogs.
  4. Open the hot dog buns and lay flat, cut side up, on a baking sheet, as many as will fit. Place under broiler until lightly toasted (1 minute). Remove from oven, lower heat to 400F.
  5. Add a hot dog to each bun, top with chili sauce and cheese. Return to the oven, cooking until the cheese has melted and the hot dogs are warmed through, a few minutes.
  6. Top with red onion and cilantro. Serve immediately.