I’m not a fancy food person. Where some people would like to get dressed up and go out for “fine dining”, I’d much rather sit on my back porch in my comfy clothes, barefoot, with a good old hot dog. I dearly love these things. There are so many varieties out there nowadays that just about everyone has an appreciationn for them. My personal favorite are Hebrew National or Nathan’s brand. My kids love the BallPark Beef ones. I’d like to hear your favorite kind in the comments.
Today I’m bringing you our recipe for hot dog chili sauce. The term “sauce” is used loosely here because we drain the liquid out when we top our dog with it. It’s a highly seasoned loose meat sauce that takes dogs to a whole new level – and it is perfect to add to your summertime arsenal.
The great thing is that this recipe makes a lot so I usually make it once and freeze it in family sized portions to reheat later. One cooking session – lots of delicious hot dog meals with all the trimmings. Can’t beat that with a stick!
You’ll need ground beef, salt, chili powder (my mother swears by Mexene), and black pepper. You’ll also need some water but most of us are tremendously blessed in that we have it just flowing out of the faucets.
Place all of your beef in a large pot and add enough water to cover.
Use your hands and smoosh all of the beef until it is completely spread out in the water like this.
I know this may seem gross to some of you but trust me, there are far worse things to have to do. We will not go into those now, but know that if examples did not immediately come to your mind, life will offer them up in due time and you’ll find yourself looking back on smooshing ground beef in water as one of the lesser happenings on the scale of grossness. Trust me.
Add all of your seasonings.
Stir well and put over medium high heat. Bring to a boil.
Once it comes to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for about an hour.
Ladle the grease off of the top of the chili and discard.
Use a slotted spoon to spoon it out and put it on top of your hot dogs.
Some might look at this and say “But that doesn’t make sense. You’ve taken a meat hot dog and added another meat to it.” To them I would say “Yes I have, and your appreciation is noted.”
- 3 pounds ground beef
- 4-6 tablespoons chili powder (Mama insists on Mexene)
- 1 Tablespoon salt (more or less to taste)
- 1 Tablespoon pepper (more or less to taste)
- Enough water to cover your ground beef
- Place enough water in a pot to cover your beef. Take handfuls of the beef and submerge in the water, smooshing it up with your hands. Add seasonings and stir. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and boil gently for about an hour. Ladle off grease from the top. Remove chili with a slotted spoon to put on hot dogs. Freeze leftovers for your next cookout!
Tell me your favorite hot dog brand in the comments!