This easy and delicious Coney Island Hot Dog Sauce (AKA Hot Dog Chili) is an easy one pot chili topping great for serving with your favorite grilled or boiled hot dogs! Ready in just about 15 minutes!JUMP TO RECIPE
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Easy and delicious Hot Dog Sauce recipe!
An easy recipe to spice up your average hot dog, this Coney Island Hot Dog Sauce (Homemade Chili Sauce) makes for a great chili dog when piled high on your favorite bun with a grilled hot dog and some shredded cheddar or cheese sauce!
Not just for hot dogs, this "Hot Dog Chili" also goes great piled high on Chili Cheese Fries! Best of all? it's ready in just about 20 minutes!
Hot dog sauce recipe ingredients
To make this quick and easy hot dog chili, you will need:
- Canola oil, or another neutral oil, such as avocado oil.
- A small onion, grated. Grating the onion helps it to cook quickly, and blend seamlessly into the Hot Dog Sauce.
- 2 cloves garlic, minced.
- A can of tomato paste.
- Some ground beef. You can use 80/20 or lean ground beef.
- Chili powder, smoked paprika and cayenne pepper.
- Worcestershire sauce.
- Brown sugar.
- Hot sauce, such as Frank's Red Hot.
How to make Coney Island Hot Dog Sauce
- In a large pot, heat the canola oil over medium heat.
- Add the grated onion and garlic, and season with salt and pepper.
- Cook 1-2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add whole can of tomato paste, and stir to combine. Cook 2-3 minutes, until, color deepens.
- Add the ground beef, spices, ketchup, Worcestershire, brown sugar, and water. Cook, breaking up with a potato masher until beef is a fine consistency.
- Simmer 10 minutes until thickened. To serve, use a slotted spoon.
How to serve Coney Island Hot Dogs
To make a Coney dog, add your grilled or boiled hot dogs to some fresh hot dog buns, top with the simple chili sauce, and add some chopped white onion and yellow mustard!
More of a chili dog fan? Swap the onions and mustard for shredded sharp cheddar cheese or your favorite cheese sauce!
If you want to make this Hot Dog Sauce recipe ahead of time for a party or bbq, you can keep it warm in a slow cooker and allow guests to build their own Coney dogs! I recommend reheating it on low, then turning it to warm so it stays hot, but doesn't scorch.
Storing and reheating the Hot Dog Sauce
To store the sauce, cool to room temperature, and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. You can also freeze the sauce for up to 2 months!
To reheat, you can warm through on the stove in a saucepan, or reheat in a microwave safe bowl.
Why you'll love this recipe:
- It's quick and easy! Ready in just about 15 minutes!
- It's superfine, thanks to the cooking method of breaking down the ground beef in the liquid.
- It's loaded with spicy sweet chili flavor.
- It's versatile! Try it on hot dogs, hot sausages, chili cheese fries and more!
Other ways to serve the Hot Dog Chili
This hot dog sauce recipe is great for a Coney Dog (with chopped white onion and yellow mustard), for and for chili cheese dogs.
Another great way to serve it is pile high on crispy french fries with plenty of cheese sauce and pickled jalapeños for a quick and easy Chili Cheese Fries!
This versatile meat sauce is a great addition where you'd like a little chili flavor! It could also be a great addition to a chili burger, or as the meat component to a walking taco!
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Coney Island Hot Dog Sauce (Homemade Chili Sauce)
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
- 1 small onion, grated on a box grater
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 6 oz can of tomato paste
- 1 lb ground beef
- 2 tablespoon chili powder
- 2 teaspoon smoked paprika
- a dash of cayenne pepper
- ½ cup ketchup
- 2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- ½ tablespoon brown sugar
- 2 cups water
- 2 tablespoon hot sauce
- 1. In a large pot, heat the canola oil over medium heat. 2. Add the grated onion and garlic, and season with salt and pepper. 3. Cook 1-2 minutes, stirring occasionally. 4. Add whole can of tomato paste, and stir to combine. Cook 2-3 minutes, until, color deepens. 5. Add the ground beef, spices, ketchup, Worcestershire, brown sugar, and water. Cook, breaking up with a potato masher until beef is a fine consistency. 6. Simmer 10 minutes until thickened. To serve, use a slotted spoon.
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