Betty’s Own Chili Sauce

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Betty demonstrates how to make her Own Chili Sauce. This sauce is meant for topping hot dogs (which will be uploaded tomorrow), but you can use it for many purposes.

Betty’s Own Chili Sauce

1 tablespoon olive oil
2/3 cup finely-chopped onion
2 tablespoons chili powder
½ teaspoon ground cumin
1 pound ground beef, uncooked, but crumbled
(2) 6-oz. cans tomato paste
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
3 ½ cups water (This sauce is soupy; if you like it thicker, you may reduce the water to 2 ½ to 3 cups.)

Place 1 tablespoon olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. When oil is hot, add 2/3 cup finely chopped onion, 2 tablespoons chili powder, and ½ teaspoon cumin. Stir mixture to combine flavors. Reduce heat and cook, stirring constantly, for about 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Place crumbled ground beef in a crock pot. Add sautéed onion mixture, (2) 6-oz. cans tomato paste, 1 teaspoon brown sugar, 1 teaspoon salt, and 2 ½ to 3 ½ cups water (depending on desired thickness). Place lid on crock pot, set to HIGH, and cook for 2 to 4 hours. You may remove the lid during the cooking process, if desired. The chili sauce will be “done” after about 2 hours, but will be thicker and have a more intense flavor if it is cooked longer. Serve over cooked hot dogs in buns. This is a convenient chili sauce, if you are using it at a party, because you can just turn the crock pot to LOW, and the sauce is ready throughout the span of the party. I make my chili sauce a little “soupy,” but when I serve it, I let it drain through a slotted spoon back into the pot, so that is doesn’t make the hot dog buns soggy. More tomorrow on serving up some Winning Hot Dogs!!! Love, Betty

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Honey Bee says:

Looks good and you seem so pleasant! Subscribed!

Lester Chua says:

Hi Betty, the sauce was Awesome ! How long can we keep the balance sauce in refrigerator ? Thanks

yiyaq says:

If you wash the meat before out will come out very lose.

Stephan Kassner says:

Betty is this cumin powder or whole seeds???

Mr4444jl says:

Looks great Betty, to go ahead and make this chili sauce with bean would you add anything other than ones choice of beans to your recipe. Thanks.

udeshika Manchanayaka says:

Is it possible to use chicken instead of beef??? Reply please…

Arturo Garza says:

Nice accent.

Ron Hoffstein says:

As good as this looks, if it cannot support a bowl full, with beans in it, as a bowl a chili, then it isn't good enough to be put on hotdogs. Will this do it? Guess I'll have to try it to find out. Meanwhile, thanks for the recipe.

Pat Fountain says:

I will try this. Looks good! Your kitchen is very neat and clean.

Armando Piña says:

cooked you add cooked pinto beans in the last hour???

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Charlie Wilson says:

I have been looking at recipes for chili sauce for hotdogs and of course there are a lot of them. But the key trick I see here is the cooking the ground beef in water. I saw some others doing the same thing and I didn't understand why. You cleared that up and now I do understand why that works for hot dog chili. Thanks.

Karen Underwood says:

I bet this would make a good sloppy Joe sauce too. 😉

bluefade says:

I have been searching a recipes for chili fries and hot dogs for years on here and this is the only one the even came close to what I was looking for. I will try it tonight.

jun pomera says:

you can add cornstarch to make the sauce thicker …

Denn Green III says:

I'm from Detroit, and the Coney dog is one of my favorite foods. I've scoured the internet like crazy looking for a solid Coney sauce recipe but it's usually too sweet and too thick, but the consistency is very nice with your recipe. much closer to home.

Charlie Wilson says:

This thin sauce would be really good over toast.

May bou says:

recipe chili fries plz

the brain says:

I love a good chili. Yes I would use less water, I use Hunts 100% Natural tomato sauce instead of paste and add a big can of whole peeled or stewed tomatoes. You're right to saute the spices with the onions, it brings the flavor of the spices out. From what I see on cooking shows, if you use fresh herbs you put them in towards the end, because if you put them in the beginning they overcook and it spoils the flavor.

Ronda Goodlet says:

Great tips on the sauce, thanks Betty!

Hosh11 says:

Did a search for a chili dog recipe & chose this one, being Australian we are not big on chili sauce with our hot dogs,so when a few mate's came over to watch the super bowl I thought we should all get into the American spirit & prepared this the night before, everyone enjoyed them. I have made this dish again but modified it slightly – 3 cups of water, 400grms leggos tomato paste, 1 tbsp of master foods chili powder, I like to leave this in the pot for a day so the flavors infuse & it was deluxe, better than the first batch. So thx for posting this Betty !

susan ryman says:

yum. I have seen chefs on alton brown road shows use water when making chili to do exactly what you said. No clumps of rubbery meat – will use this recipe soon. thank you!

Lip stick says:

Thank you…

I have been looking for a great Chile Dog, for a long time…

Teresa Nunez says:

Mine didn't really taste like chili. It tasted more like tomato paste, but I followed the recipe to the T. I don't know.

The Great Gazoo says:

I tried a very similar recipe and it ended up being a great manwich…just not for chili dogs. I'm trying to get to a Tommy's Burger or Weiner schnitzel type of sauce but so far no luck.

khor sionghow says:

Hi Betty ! Can I replace beef to chicken minced ?

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