My whole family loves chili dogs, unfortunately for my husband and I they don’t like us. Instead of giving up one of our favorite treats though, I decided to try and make my own chili sauce. I hoped that by making it myself, I could control what went in it and make it less heartburn worthy.

Chili Dog

After doing some online research and tweaking the recipe a few times, I’ve come up with a winner for us. This thick and mild sauce is delicious served over all beef hot dogs with chopped onion and shredded cheese, and nestled in a bun for a classic Chili Dog. It also taste great spooned on top of fries along with some shredded cheese, which is my daughters favorite way of eating it.

Chili Dog Sauce


Hot Dog Chili Sauce {Chili Dogs}

Serve over all beef hot dogs with chopped onion and shredded cheese and nestled in a bun for a classic Chili Dog.


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon dried, minced onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
  • 6 tablespoons tomato sauce
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 3 tablespoons corn meal
  • 1 tablesppon olive oil


  • Heat olive oil in a pan over medium heat, add minced garlic and saute for a minute until the garlic releases it's aroma.
  • Add ground beef and onion. Fry ground beef, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon, breaking it into small pieces as you go until it is browned and fully cooked.
  • If your beef produced a lot of grease, drain most of it off. Place beef back over heat and add the rest of the ingredients.
  • Stir well and allow to simmer, stirring occasionally for 5 - 10 minutes, or until the beef mixture is heated through and thickened.
  • Taste and adjust seasonings if needed. Serve with hot dogs or fries.

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April is a dedicated wife and almost empty-nester mother of five, as well as Mamaw to two adorable grandbabies. She resides in Southern Indiana, along with her husband Joe and their daughter Melissa, and enjoys the quite life on their 3 acre homestead. She enjoys blogging about her adventures in frugal allergy-free cooking, gardening, household tips, and her family.
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17 thoughts on “Hot Dog Chili Sauce {Chili Dogs}

  1. Try a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in water before eating spicy foods. We are told that we have too much stomach acid but that is not actually the case. We have too little stomach acid and the apple cider vinegar will remedy that. It is not a bad idea to take the vinegar daily if you are a frequent heartburn sufferer.

  2. I found on the blog party today – can't wait to make this. Chili Dogs are my favorite thing on earth but my husband is not so fond of all the chili and chili sauce we have tried. I bet this one will win him over!

    • This is a very mild chili Kelli, my family loved it and didn't leave a bite in the bowl. They were scooping out what was left with chips. :) I hope your husband likes it, I'd love it if you came back and let me know how it turned out for you.

  3. Hi April,

    I just love Hot Dogs and a good sauce makes a good dog. I can't wait to try this recipe it looks awesome!! Hope you have a great weekend and thanks for sharing your tasty recipe with Full Plate Thursday.

    Come Back Soon!

    Miz Helen

  4. Oh yummy! I love chili on my hot dogs. I also love it on baked potatoes. I'm going to have to give this a try.

    Found you on the Linky Party over at Bacon Time. :)


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