Savory Chili Dog Sauce Recipe

I was a vegetarian for 3 years in my early 20s. I gave it all up for a chili cheese dog at a small restaurant in Burbank, California. I never looked back. There is something about that messy, meaty, piping-hot and deliciously savory topping on America's favorite ballgame meal that just always hits the spot. It turns it turns your average run-of-the-mill backyard grill offering into something that people can't get enough of. It makes a memory out of a weeknight meal.

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Image Credit: Jackie Dodd

Things You'll Need

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 cup chopped white onions

  • 1 lbs ground beef

    (85%/15% lean to fat)

  • 6 oz tomato paste

  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour

  • 1


    cups vegetable broth (or beef broth)

  • 2 teaspoons chili powder

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika

  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder

  • 1 teaspoon cumin

  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon black pepper


Want to spice things up? Add 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper and 1 teaspoon hot sauce.

Step 1: Brown the Onions

Heat the oil in a large pot over medium high heat. Add the onions, cooking until softened and starting to brown.

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Step 2: Brown the Beef

Add the beef, cooking and breaking up until browned. Pour off the grease.

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Step 3: Add the Flour

Sprinkle with flour, stirring until well coated.

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Step 4: Add the Remaining Ingredients

Stir in the remaining ingredients until well combined.

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Step 5: Simmer

Simmer for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thickened. Serve over hot dogs or French fries.

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It freezes well! Don't be afraid to make a double or triple batch and freeze what you don't need for future use.

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