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Delicious Hotdog Chili Sauce Recipe

Updated on January 7, 2014

My Favorite Family Hot Dog Sauce Recipe

~Updated January 7, 2014~

What's better than a delicious hot dog? I know they are one of my favorite foods! And my favorite way to have them is with homemade sauce and onions. I make my own hotdog sauce, and would like to share my recipe with you! I hope you like it, too!


Oh I wish I were an Oscar Mayer wiener! That is what I'd really like to be! Cause if I were an Oscar Mayer wiener, everyone would be in love with me!



No matter whether you call it Sauce or Chili, or you like it Sweet or Spicy, there is just nothing like a delicious topping for your wiener! And for those of you who don't really care for wieners, this makes a yummy "sauce dog", as my daughter used to call it!

So, break out the Oscar Mayer or Ball Park franks, and whip up a batch of this spicy sauce! And don't forget to let me know how you liked it!

National Hot Dog Day is July 23!

National Hot Dog Day is July 23!
National Hot Dog Day is July 23!


  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onion
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups ketchup
  • 15 oz tomato sauce
  • 1/8 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 4 tbsp vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tbsp tabasco sauce
  • salt to taste
  • 1 quart tomato juice


  1. In a saucepan, bring onion, ground beef, and water to a boil. Simmer about 10 minutes, mixing occasionally. Add remaining ingredients and simmer about 2 hours.
  2. Add water as needed if it gets too thick.
  3. You could also do this in a crockpot, after cooking your onions and ground beef. You would just have to adjust the time, of course. :-)
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You might remember seeing this funky little shack on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives! Yep! Even Guy has tried the Homewrecker!!!

Hotdog History

Sausage is one of the oldest forms of processed food, having been mentioned in Homer's Odyssey as far back as the 9th Century B.C.

In 1987, the city of Frankfurt celebrated the 500th birthday of the hot dog in that city. It's said that the frankfurter was developed there in 1487, five years before Christopher Columbus set sail for the new world. As it turns out, it is likely that the North American hot dog comes from a widespread common European sausage brought here by butchers of several nationalities. Also in doubt is who first served the dachshund sausage with a roll. One report says a German immigrant sold them, along with milk rolls and sauerkraut, from a push cart in New York City's Bowery during the 1860s. In 1871, Charles Feltman, a German butcher opened up the first Coney Island hot dog stand selling 3,684 dachshund sausages in a milk roll during his first year in business.

Culinary historians, point to college magazines where the word "hot dog" began appearing in the 1890s. The term was current at Yale in the fall of 1894,when "dog wagons" sold hot dogs at the dorms. The name was a sarcastic comment on the provenance of the meat. References to dachshund sausages and ultimately hot dogs can be traced to German immigrants in the 1800s. These immigrants brought not only sausages to America, but dachshund dogs. The name most likely began as a joke about the Germans' small, long, thin dogs. In fact, even Germans called the frankfurter a "little-dog" or "dachshund" sausage, thus linking the word "dog" to their popular concoction.


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