I’d have to say that I’m not much of a fan of hot dogs. Every once in a great while I’ll have one at a cookout and it’ll taste good. But…they are not exactly something I crave.
However…the game changes when there is Hot Dog Chili Sauce around.
There is a little hot dog shop near my hometown that serves an amazing chili dog. Unfortunately, since we’re not in the area, I don’t get to go there much, but thankfully, someone gave me this copycat recipe for Hot Dog Chili Sauce years ago.
Although I’ve never compared the “real thing” to this recipe in a side-by-side comparison, this tastes like what I remember the “real thing” to be.
It is meaty and full of sweet, chili flavor.
When this is around, there’s no doubt. I crave a hot dog.
Not only is this recipe great on hot dogs, but pour it over some french fries and you’ve got some great chili fries.
Another idea for this chili sauce? Eat it on top of macaroni and cheese. This makes an amazingly wonderful combination!
I’ll be sharing with you later in the year our chili recipe, which uses this sauce as a base. Yep…we like this sauce that much in our family.
This makes a big recipe. I like to let my sauce simmer all day in the slow cooker instead of the stove. It completely fills my slow cooker! You can always half recipe, or freeze the leftovers for another time.
Definitely try this for your upcoming picnic. Cook yourself some hot dogs, put them on a bun with this chili sauce on top, get some shredded cheddar cheese, or better yet, cheese sauce to put on top. And make some fries to go with it. You won’t be disappointed!
- 4 lbs. hamburger
- 4 small onions, chopped
- ½ tsp garlic
- 1¼ cup flour
- 38 ounces tomato sauce (equals 2 15-oz cans and 1 8-oz can)
- 2 15 oz cans water
- 4 tsp. salt
- 2 tsp. black pepper
- ½ cup chili powder
- ½ cup chopped pimentos
- ¾ cup sugar (to taste)
- In a large saucepan, brown hamburger, onions and garlic. Drain. Add flour to ground beef and mix well. Add the remaining ingredients to the saucepan. Mix well and simmer for about 3 hours. Serve over hot dogs or fries!
Add less flour if you like your chili sauce a bit more runny.
Add more or less sugar, depending on how sweet you like it!