What to do with leftover chili? It’s perfectly tasty on it’s own. In fact everybody knows the flavors develop in the fridge overnight so it tastes even better the next day. I wanted to do something different with it though. Chili cheese dogs? No buns. Chili cheese fries? Not in the mood (might also be known as too lazy, but I didn’t say that) to peel, cut and fry potatoes. How about baked potatoes? Loaded with a chili cheese dog? Heck yeah! Let’s do this!
All dressed up and only one place to go….in mah belly!
Chili Cheese Dog Baked Potato Boats
2 Medium sized potatoes, scrubbed well
1 Tbs. butter, melted
Salt and Pepper
2 hot dogs (I used all beef, bigger than bun size)
1 to 1-1/2 cups your favorite chili, homemade or canned
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Optional sour cream and your favorite chili toppings
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Prick the clean potatoes in several places with a fork. Brush with the melted butter (I used spray butter) and sprinkle with salt. Wrap tightly with foil. Bake for 1 hr. Reduce oven temp to 400 degrees. When cool to enough to touch, cut potatoes in half. Place in an oven safe baking dish. Cut the ends so that the two halves are flush to each other. Scoop a trench on both sides large enough to fit a hot dog. Salt and pepper the potato. Place the hot dog in the trench. Top with chili and then cheese. Bake for 20 minutes or until hot and cheese is melted. Garnish with sour cream and your other favorite chili toppings.