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Julia’s Southern Hot Dog Chili Sauce

In this post I’m sharing the recipe for Julia’s Southern Hot Dog Chili Sauce. It’s my signature hot do chili recipe and folks sure do love it!

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.

Southern Hot Dog Chili Sauce Recipe

Ingredients

  • 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
  • 2 tbs Chili Powder
  • 2 tbs Tomato Paste

Old Fashioned Hot Dog Chili Sauce

Cover the ground beef with water and break up the meat completely. Next, add the beer (if using), diced onion, Worcestershire, ketchup, hot sauce sauce and spices and start on Medium High to bring to a rapid boil.

Reduce and simmer. You can cook it down faster if needed on a higher temperature, 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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Yield: 1.5 pounds of Chili

Julia's Southern Hot Dog Chili Sauce

Julia's Southern Hot Dog Chili Sauce

Delicious Southern style hot dog chili sauce is the perfect topping for hot dogs. Everyone enjoys my signature recipe for hot dog chili and I know you will too.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Active Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 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
  • 2 tbs Chili Powder
  • 2 tbs Tomato Paste

Instructions

  1. Cover the ground beef with water and break up the meat completely. Next, add the beer (if using), diced onion, Worcestershire, ketchup, hot sauce sauce and spices and start on Medium High to bring to a rapid boil.
  2. Reduce and simmer. You can cook it down faster if needed on a higher temperature, just until most water is reduced. Stir occasionally.
  3. When water is reduced, add tomato paste to thicken. Stir to incorporate.
  4. Serve as a hot dog topping.
  5. Leftover chili sauce freezes well.

Notes

Please not that the seasonings will intensify as the liquid cooks away. Taste shortly before planning to serve then adjust seasonings if necessary.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

25

Serving Size:

about a tablespoon

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 81Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 153mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 8g

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Thank you for stopping by! I hope that you love this hot dog chili just as much as so many do. I get rave reviews for this chili recipe. If you like the old fashioned classic hot dog chili like Southern grandmothers used to make then you’ll love this one too.

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Ahawk

Saturday 7th of August 2021

I’ve cooked chili for years! This is a good Recipe! I add a couple of bay leaves at the start, used brown sugar, and guess most measurements! I add the liquids and brown it then finish for an hour or so in a double broiler on the stove then let it cool and paper towel off most of the grease! Great job Julia!

Julia Jordan

Sunday 8th of August 2021

Thank you :)

Don D

Wednesday 9th of June 2021

This sauce is just what I’ve been looking for!!

Julia Jordan

Thursday 10th of June 2021

I'm so glad that you are enjoying the recipe! Thanks. ~Julia

Ada

Wednesday 13th of January 2021

My husband loves chili dogs i want to make this sauce. How long do i let it simmer thank you for the recipe.

Julia Jordan

Wednesday 13th of January 2021

Ada, You'll want to let the meat sauce simmer until nearly all of the liquid is gone. The amount of time will depend on how high you cook the chili. As the liquid reduces, chili tends to splatter so a lower temperature simmer works best for less mess. I keep a lid partially on the pot as it cooks with a vent for evaporation. I hope that y'all enjoy the chili sauce. I also have a quick skillet version for hot dog chili here on the website as well if you might be interested.

$herry

Friday 30th of October 2020

Yum, yum !!! This is my favorite way to have a chili dog.. hotdog with hotdog chili, mustard and onions !! Wow, thanks for a great southern recipe. It's a keeper 😊

Julia Jordan

Friday 30th of October 2020

Sherry, Thanks so much! It thrills me that you let me know how much you enjoy this recipe. ~Julia

Kalee

Thursday 22nd of October 2020

Can’t wait to try this! My aunt used to make a family favorite hot dog chili like this but sadly she passed away a few years ago and I never thought to ask her recipe beforehand. Crossing my fingers that it’s the same!

Julia Jordan

Thursday 22nd of October 2020

Kalee, I hope that you enjoy the recipe!

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