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Jan 4, 2012
Chili Dogs with a Chili Sauce

I love making chili and I love chili dogs. However, when I add my normal chili recipe to a hotdog I get good results, not fantastic results. So a few days ago I went on a search for a real chili dog chili sauce recipe. I found a recipe that really intrigued me. There were no beans and the meat entirely came from finely shredded flank steak. After I saw that I knew I had to make this chili. This type of chili is referred to as a "chili sauce" and is a fantastic topping for hotdogs.

a chili dog chili recipe

Ingredients for the chili sauce: (to top approximately 16 hotdogs)

1 lb of flank steak (sometimes incorrectly labeled as "London Broil")
1 medium onion
2 and a 1/2 large celery stalks
1 clove of garlic
1/2 cup of ketchup
1/2 cup of chili sauce (like Heinz)
2 T yellow mustard
2 T Franks Hot sauce (or any similar hot sauce)
1 T Worcestershire sauce
1.5 T chili powder
1/4 tsp ground cloves
2-3 T vegetable oil

Ingredients for the hotdogs:

Angus beef franks
Potato rolls
Mild cheddar cheese
Diced yellow onions
Yellow Mustard

ingredients for a chili dog sauce recipe

This recipe is broken into two parts. The first part is placing the steak, celery, garlic, and onions in a food processor. The second part is to build a sauce to add to the steak mix. Chop the steak and onion into 1-2 inch pieces. Chop the celery into 2-3 inch pieces.

texas chili dog recipe

Place the flank steak into a food processor. At this time I put the vegetable oil into a large sauce pan (about 4.5 qt size) and set it to medium-medium high heat.

food processing a flank steak for chili

Using the pulse feature of the food processor pulse the steak 35-45 times, about 2-3 seconds each until the consistency looks like the above picture. Scrape the meat into the sauce pan and stir. Put the onions, garlic, and celery into the food processor and pulse until they are just as fine as the steak. Scrape this mixture into the sauce pan as well.

onion and celery into a chili recipe

Keep stirring the mixture until all of the red color disappears. You don't have to get all of the moisture out but keep it cooking until the meat becomes gray (about 15 minutes).

food processing a flank steak for chili

While you are stirring the meat you can start mixing the ingredients for the sauce. I used a measuring cup and added the ingredients right in. Add the ketchup, chili sauce, yellow mustard, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, chili powder and ground cloves into the measuring cup and stir.

building a sauce for a chili

Pour this mixture into the sauce pan. Stir often and let the chili simmer for about 20 minutes.

chili dog sauce

Here is an up close picture to help you see the consistency of this chili dog chili sauce.

chili dog sauce

The way I like my chili dogs is on a soft potato roll, topped with mild cheddar cheese, chili and chopped yellow onions. If I'm feeling crazy I'll top it with some yellow mustard as well. Wow, this is a winner.

chili dog photography

What is interesting with this recipe is that it's not the typical type of chili that you would normally eat out of a bowl. After my first bite of this chili dog I thought, "Wow, this chili is perfect for chili dogs!" Be sure not to leave out the ground cloves. It really adds a unique taste.

chili dog recipe

The above picture was taken with my cell phone. I just loved the way the waffle fries went along with the chili dog.

This recipe is slightly modified from a chili sauce recipe in "America’s Best Lost Recipes" provided by Melanie's Kitchen.

Chili Dog Chili Sauce

Published 01/04/2012

Chili Dog Chili Sauce

A really nice chili sauce to put on top of a hotdog. This is made with flank steak and a lot of extra flavor!


  • 1 lb flank steak
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 or 3 celery stalks
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1/2 cup of ketchup
  • 1/2 cup of chili sauce (near the ketchup in the store)
  • 2 T yellow mustard
  • 2 T hot sauce
  • 1 T Worcestershire sauce
  • 1.5 T chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 2-3 T vegetable oil


  1. Cut the steak up a bit and put it in a food processor. Pulse until the steak is fine. Remove.
  2. Add onions, garlic and celery into food processor. Pulse until fine.
  3. Add oil to a large pot over medium heat and add steak, onions, garlic and celery. Cook until the meat is done.
  4. In another bowl mix together the ketchup, chili sauce, mustard, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, chili powder and ground cloves. Stir and add to the meat mix.
  5. Simmer for about 20-30 min and use to top hotdogs.

Yield: Enough for 16 hotdogs

Prep Time: 00:10

Cook time: 00:20

Tags: hot dog, chili sauce, chili dog, flank steak, processor

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