5 from 10 votes
The Very Best Hot Dog Chili Sauce Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 
Sweet, tangy, quick and easy, the very BEST Hot Dog Chili Sauce will be the hit at your next party or tailgate!
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American
Keyword: hot dog chili
Servings: 12
Calories: 124 kcal
Author: Kellie at TheSuburbanSoapbox.com
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 4 ounces sweet Italian sausage casing removed
  • 1 cup chopped sweet onion
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 15 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon instant espresso powder
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the ground beef and sausage to the pot breaking it up into small pieces with a fork. The smaller the pieces, the better your chili will be!
  2. Continue cooking the meat until browned and no longer pink, approximately 7-8 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, remove the meat from the pot and transfer to a large bowl. Drain off all but 2 tablespoons of fat.
  3. Add the onion to the pot with the reserved fat. Cook the onion for 3-4 minutes or until softened. Stir in the garlic and continue cooking for 1 minute.
  4. Add the chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, cayenne, paprika and tomato paste to the onion mixture stirring to combine. Continue to cook the onions until the tomato paste turns a deep Burgundy color, approximately 2-3 minutes.
  5. Stir in the tomato sauce, brown sugar, espresso powder and vinegar. Return the beef and sausage back to the pot and stir to combine.
  6. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Turn the heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes.
  7. Check for seasoning again adding salt and pepper, if necessary. Serve immediately.

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Recipe Notes

Hot Dog Chili Sauce can be made up to 48 hours in advance and stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container. The Chili Sauce can also be frozen in an airtight container for up to 2 months.

Nutrition Facts
The Very Best Hot Dog Chili Sauce Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 124 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 30mg10%
Sodium 337mg15%
Potassium 366mg10%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 500IU10%
Vitamin C 4.5mg5%
Calcium 20mg2%
Iron 1.8mg10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.