Take each hot dog and wrap it with two slices of bacon, ensuring the ends are secured. You can use toothpicks if necessary.
Place the bacon-wrapped hot dogs in the preheated air fryer basket, making sure they are not touching each other.
Cook the hot dogs in the air fryer for 6-7 minutes, turning them halfway through the cooking time. Keep a close eye on them to prevent the hot dogs from exploding. Adjust the cooking time based on your air fryer’s model and the desired crispiness of the bacon.
While the hot dogs are cooking, warm the chili either on the stove or in the microwave.
Once the bacon-wrapped hot dogs are cooked, carefully remove them from the air fryer.
Place each bacon-wrapped hot dog in a bun and spoon a generous amount of chili over the top.
Sprinkle shredded cheddar cheese on top of the chili.
Optionally, add diced onions, chopped cilantro, and a dollop of sour cream for extra flavor.
Serve immediately and enjoy your delicious bacon-wrapped hot dogs with chili and cheese!
Optional Variation with Grilled Peppers and Onions:
If you prefer the alternative version with grilled bell peppers and onions, follow these additional steps:
Slice bell peppers and onions into thin strips.
In a separate pan, sauté the bell peppers and onions until they are tender and slightly caramelized.
Grill the bacon-wrapped hot dogs as per the main instructions.
Instead of chili, spread a layer of mayonnaise on the inside of the hot dog buns.
Place the bacon-wrapped hot dogs in the buns, and top them with the sautéed bell peppers and onions.
You can still add shredded cheddar cheese and any other desired toppings.
Serve and enjoy your alternative version of bacon-wrapped hot dogs with grilled bell peppers and onions!