This is the go-to recipe for hotdog chili sauce at my house and at work. We used to sell hotdogs as a fundraiser for a United Way day here and this chili sold hundreds and hundreds of hotdogs. I make it at home and freeze in meal-size containers and also can it.

Difficulty: Easy

Servings: unlimited!

Cook Time: several hours  


Hamburger 10 lbs.
Tomato Paste 4 cans (the 12 ounce cans)
Black Pepper 2 Tbsp.
Garlic Powder 5 Tbsp.
Dehydrated Onion Flakes 1/2 cup
Fresh Garlic Cloves, minced 1+
Oregano 1 1/2 tsp.
Chili Powder 3/4 cup
Tomato Sauce (29 ounce cans) 2 cans
Ketchup 32 oz.
Prepared Mustard 1/4 cup


Add very hot water to meat (while stirring over medium heat) to break up the meat particles – add as much water as you need – it will cook off. When meat has been broken down into tiny pieces by the hot water, add all the rest of the ingredients. Simmer for a while, stirring often. Taste & adjust seasonings, adding more garlic, onions, etc. as needed. Simmer and taste until desired consistency is reached – it will thicken as it stands, so keeping it a little less thick than you want the finished chili to be is best. Buy brand name tomato products – it does make a difference in this chili. If in doubt about the flavor, make a hotdog & try the chili as you will serve it – that is the best test. If the chili thickens up too much as you use it, add a little water. Don’t go leaner than about 80/20 on the hamburger – the fat adds to the flavor. I like to add some cayenne pepper to mine, some folks add red pepper flakes.

To Can: Fill hot clean jars with hot chili, debubbling and leaving 1″ headspace. Wipe jar rims extremely well. Cap. Process in a Pressure Canner: Pints for 75 minutes, Quarts for 90 minutes at 10 lbs. pressure (adjust if needed for your altitude).  The chili will thicken a little with the canning and the meat will be even finer textured. We like it just fine after canning – I have always canned leftovers of this after cooking a large batch. Might be even better if cooked less and then canned.  Sometimes I cook a pint of this down a little to thicken, add some cumin, and use as a soft taco filling!

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  1. Teri says:

    I made a one fourth portion of this recipe, 2 1/2 pounds of ground meat, just to see if my family would be happy with how the chili turned out. I ended up freezing most that batch for future meals. My kids enjoyed it so much, it was the perfect “no beans” chili recipe. All the chili was gone within a month, in a family that rarely eats chili dogs. I guess you just have to have the right chili. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe, I can’t recommend it enough.

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