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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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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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Leaha

Tuesday 5th of April 2022

Would it make a huge difference without the Worcestershire sauce?! I have everything but that. If so is there anything else I could use in its place! Super excited to try this tonight!!

Leaha

Tuesday 5th of April 2022

@Julia Jordan, thank you very much!!!

Julia Jordan

Tuesday 5th of April 2022

Nah, not a big deal at all, Leaha. Enjoy the recipe. ~Julia

Stacy May

Thursday 17th of February 2022

What if only using 1lb of ground beef,how would measurements be for ingredients?

Julia Jordan

Thursday 17th of February 2022

If it were me, I would just keep them the same :) ~Julia

Moon

Wednesday 26th of January 2022

I was very confused on the NOT cooking the ground beef, so I went ahead and cooked it first. I did use a potato masher to break the beef down. I loved the consistency of the chili but felt it could use more flavoring. I ended up adding in mustard, extra chili powder, and hot sauce. BUT this is a good recipe, thank you so much.

Julia Jordan

Wednesday 26th of January 2022

I'm glad that you enjoyed the recipe. The recipe does call for adding the raw ground beef and cover with water. It will cook as it simmers. The flavors do intensify the seasonings as the liquid cooks out but we all have varying tastes so season however you like :) ~Julia

Belle

Saturday 16th of October 2021

Seriously the best chili recipe! Had to substitute turkey for the ground beef and still turned out amazing. Will be making it the fourth weekend in a row!

Julia Jordan

Sunday 17th of October 2021

Thank you so much for stopping by to let me know how much you have been enjoying the hot dog chili recipe. It makes me so happy that you do! ~Julia

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 :)

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