For me, the key is to a great homemade hot dog chili recipe is that it won’t overtake the taste of the hot dog (cause I wanna taste that too). Also, it can be kept in a slow cooker to keep warm for serving!
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SOUTHERN STYLE HOT DOG SAUCE
Now, hot dogs work a bit differently here in Southwest Virginia. When you order a hot dog, it automatically comes with chili. If you want it without chili, you gotta be specific. They usually refer to a plain hot dog as a weiner dog. But if you just order a hot dog with ketchup and mustard, they are gonna throw chili on there too. There are lots of ways to make it. But for a true southern experience, add some SOUTHERN COLE SLAW on the hot dog with the chili.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED FOR THIS RECIPE:
lean ground beef
beef broth (or water)
HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE HOT DOG CHILI:
Give it all a good stir to combine then reduce heat and simmer for about 15 minutes. Do a taste test at this point to see if it has enough salt. If you want, you can transfer the chili over to a Crock Pot and put it on the keep warm setting.
TIPS FOR LEFTOVER CHILI:
This chili is super-duper wonderful on tater tots and french fries. You gotta try it if you have some leftover chili. Throw some cheddar cheese on top and you gotta whole new meal! And you could definitely try this with leaner meats like ground turkey or chicken.
THE BEST HOMEMADE HOT DOG CHILI RECIPE
Southern Style Homemade Hot Dog Chili is made with ground beef, garlic, beef broth, tomato sauce and seasonings (no beans!) So much flavor!
Originally published: March 2011
Updated & Republished: July 2019
BEST HOMEMADE HOT DOG CHILI
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 1/2 onion finely chopped
- 1-2 cloves garlic minced
- 2 1/2 tbsp chili powder
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 3 tbsp tomato paste
- 1 cup beef broth
- 3 tbsp corn meal
- 1/2 tbsp kosher salt to taste
- vegetable oil
- Put a couple tablespoons of vegetable oil in medium sauce pan.
- On medium-high heat, saute onion until translucent, then add garlic.
- Stir for about a minute, then add ground beef.
- As beef begins to brown, use a potato masher to grind up the beef into small bits.
- Once brown, add in the rest of the ingredients (if your beef produced a lot of grease, you may want to strain some of that out first before adding the rest of the ingredients).
- Give it all a good stir to combine then reduce heat and simmer for about 15 minutes.
- Do a taste test at this point to see if it has enough salt.
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