Updated: Oct 31
Growing up our church served chili dogs for our annual Hallelujah party. The chili sauce was unlike any that we ate at home or in restaurants. It has a slight sweetness and tang that compliments the saltiness of hot dogs so well. Thankfully as adults, 20 years later we were able to track down the recipe from a church member. We adapted the recipe only slightly and now we make it from time to time on Halloween! This recipe has quite a few ingredients but is super easy to make. Allow about 2-3 hours to cook the sauce on low so it's flavorful and perfectly thick for topping hotdogs.
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Chili Beef Sauce
Prep time: 10-15 minutes Cook Time: 2 -3 hours
1 lb ground beef (80/20)
½ cup finely chopped yellow onion
10 oz tomato sauce
¼ cup ketchup
½ tsp. salt
1 tsp. ground black pepper
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. onion powder
1 TBS mild chili powder
1 TBS Worcestershire Sauce
1 TBS prepared yellow mustard
1 TBS plus 1 ½ tsp. brown sugar (we prefer dark but you can use light)
1 TBS balsamic vinegar
1 cup beef broth
Chop onions and measure ingredients.
In a medium-large saucepan or pot, cook ground beef with onions until brown. If you prefer, drain excess grease but do not rinse.
Return the meat and onions to the pot and add the remaining ingredients. Cook on low for 2-3 hours or until liquid is absorbed, stirring occasionally.
You can also put the cooked ground beef with the remaining ingredients in a crockpot and cook on low for 2-4 hours.
Serve on top of hotdogs and add cheese or your favorite chilidog toppings. Enjoy!
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