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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Julia's Southern Hot Dog Chili Sauce

I've loved hot dogs as long as I can remember. Hot dogs topped with good ole' fashioned chili sauce! Some even go so far as to top that chili with a helping of coleslaw too.

How do you prefer topping your hot dog? Typically for myself it is chili, mustard and onions. Sometimes slaw on top. If I'm just having a chili bun though, which is a thing, it's the bun with mayonnaise and chili.

Regardless of how you top them, hot dogs are a favorite for many.


  • 1.5 lbs Ground Beef
  • 1/8 c Ketchup
  • 1 tsp Hot Sauce
  • ½ Medium Onion Minced (Keep the other half as a condiment for the Hot Dogs)
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder
  • ½ tsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • ¼ c Beer (optional)
  • 3-4 c Water
  • ½ tsp Paprika
  • Pinch Sugar
  • 1 tbs Chili Powder
  • 2 tbs Tomato Paste

Cover the ground beef with water and break up the meat completely.

Add beer (if using), diced onion and spices and start on Medium High to bring to a rapid boil. 

Reduce and simmer. You can cook it down faster if needed just until most water is reduced. Stir occasionally.

When water is reduced, add tomato paste to thicken. Stir to incorporate.

Serve as a hot dog topping.

Leftover chili sauce freezes well. 

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  1. Thanks for sharing your recipe with us at Weekend Potluck, Julia :) I love chili dogs...one of my favorite foods! Hoping you can link back to the party for a possible feature. Thanks for all your awesome shares! Hope you have a great week!

    1. Yes, I sure will. I was leaving to go out of town Friday morning and in a rush. I am linking back now :)

    2. You're such a great supporter of WPL - Thanks for all your shares!!

  2. This recipe is right on time, I just bought hot dogs, and now i'm going to make this sauce. I love hot dog sauce and never knew how to make it.
    Thanks for sharing!

  3. When do the onions go in? Are they considered a "spice"?

    1. Jennifer,
      Thank you for pointing that out. I have updated the post :)

  4. Looks yummy! We will probably grill hot dogs on the 4th.

  5. I really wish you'd remove the beer, it's been Proven that ALCOHOL DOESN'T COOK OUT IT'S DOESN'T COOK OUT you really don't need it in there


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