Hot Dog Chili Sauce

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!

Hot Dog Chili Sauce
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Hot Dog Chili Sauce is meaty and slightly sweet chili sauce is full of flavor. Great on hot dogs, fries and as a chili base!
  • 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)
  1. 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!
This makes a large pot full of chili sauce, which can be frozen in smaller amounts.

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!


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  1. Norma Wires says

    Our favorite too even though we live close enough to get the real thing! It’s just nice to freeze it in small containers and pull it out when you want. We definitely use less flour in ours – in fact, I think last time we left it out completely!

  2. Sue says

    Looks like a “Yocco Hot Dog” from my area of PA. Great chili sauce. Has been around for over 60 years! Thanks for sharing.

    • says

      This is a copycat recipe from a small hot dog shop in Northeast Ohio, but they’ve been around for over 60 years, too! :)

  3. Gary Hunt says

    Great recipe, followed exactly and turned out great. Have a freezer full for future use. Don’t pass this recipe up.

    • Lizzy T says

      Lynn- this recipe makes a huge amount. I’ve never actually served it at one time to a large crowd, but I’d say that it would serve at least 30-40 hot dogs, considering you’d put one scoop on each dog. It probably would serve more than that, but that’s the number I’d go with to be safe! Sorry I couldn’t be any more specific. I hope you enjoy it!

  4. says

    This looks delicious! My husband LOVES chili dogs, so this will be a recipe to try. One question, should your recipe read “8 oz. can tomato PASTE” instead of sauce? Just checking. Thanks

    • Lizzy T says

      Hi Brenda! The recipe is correct in saying “sauce”. This has been confusing to others, so I changed the recipe to reflect the total number of ounces of tomato sauce, then showed how much it was in cans. Thanks for clarifying! I hope your husband loves this as much as mine does!

  5. michelle says

    Could this be canned in a pressure canner…. have done a recipe similar (sloppy joes). Wasnt sure if anyone had tried. Freezer space is precious in our house and almost non existent…

    • Lizzy T says

      Michelle, I really don’t have any experience with canning. I’d say if a sloppy joe recipe worked, this would work, too. It would be awesome to have it in cans!

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