Slow Cooked Hot Dog Chili Sauce Recipe

Slow Cooked Hot Dog Chili Sauce Recipe

The Spruce / Diana Chistruga

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 6 hrs 10 mins
Total: 6 hrs 25 mins
Servings: 12 servings
Yield: 12 hot dogs
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
457 Calories
27g Fat
22g Carbs
32g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 12
Amount per serving
Calories 457
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 27g 34%
Saturated Fat 10g 51%
Cholesterol 97mg 32%
Sodium 1429mg 62%
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 32g
Vitamin C 6mg 30%
Calcium 96mg 7%
Iron 5mg 30%
Potassium 775mg 16%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

The hot dog is a quintessential American food, and there are endless ways to dress it up. You might like your hot dogs grilled and served in buns, battered in cornmeal and fried, or blanketed in crescent roll dough. Alternatively, you might like them smothered in a beefy chili sauce.

This hot dog sauce is a spicy mixture of ground beef and tomato sauce. Serve it over hot dogs in split toasted buns and top them with shredded cheese and chopped onions.


For the Chili:

  • 2 pounds lean ground beef

  • 1/2 cup chopped onion

  • 2 (15-ounce) cans tomato sauce

  • 2 teaspoons salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger

  • Dash ground cloves(or put 2 or 3 whole cloves in a cheesecloth bag)

  • 1 tablespoon cumin

  • 2 tablespoons chili powder

For the Hot Dog Sandwiches:

  • 12 hot dogs, cooked

  • 12 split buns, steamed or toasted

  • Shredded cheese, optional

  • Chopped onions, optional

  • Chopped pepperoncini, optional

  • Chopped bell pepper, optional

  • Diced tomatoes, optional

  • Pickles, optional

  • Relish, optional

  • Mustard, optional

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Slow Cooked Hot Dog Chili Sauce Recipe ingredients

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  2. In a large skillet over medium heat, brown the ground beef, and onion.

    ground beef and onion in a skillet

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  3. Drain the beef and onions of any excess fat. Transfer beef and onions to a slow cooker and add the tomato sauce, salt, black pepper, ginger, cloves, cumin, and chili powder. Stir to blend.

    beef and onions to a slow cooker with tomato sauce, salt, black pepper, ginger, cloves, cumin, and chili powder

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  4. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours. Taste and adjust seasonings.

    Hot Dog Chili Sauce cooking in a crockpot

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  5. Serve over hot dogs with shredded cheese, chopped onions, and other condiments.

    Slow Cooked Hot Dog Chili Sauce on hot dogs

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  • Pack the covered crockpot in a container surrounded by newspapers or other insulating material, or wrap it in a blanket to insulate. Make sure it's placed on a flat surface and the cover is well secured so there's no danger of tipping or spills. Take it to the party, plug it in, and turn it to low. Serve the sauce hot from the slow cooker along with hot dogs, split buns, and toppings.

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