So, I have resigned myself to cooking indoors and making hearty meals to keep the cold away. I wanted a taste of summer last night. So, I made a batch of my mothers homemade Hot Dog Sauce.
Warning, this hot dog chili sauce is not like a Coney or Cincinnati style sauce. It is what my mother made and passed down. I kinda like it better than a traditional sauce. It is quick and easy to make and light years better than anything you can get in a can. The recipe changes every time I make it as this is one of those recipes that reside in my head. But, here is how I made it this time.
Mom's Hot Dog Sauce
1 lb lean ground beef. I used 97:3.
1/2 a small sweet onion, diced
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp chili powder
About 1/2 cup of Velveeta, cubed
2 x 8 oz cans of tomato sauce
S&P to taste
Olive oil for sautéing
First, in a small pan, heat just enough olive oil to sauté your onion and garlic. Add the onion and garlic and sauté over low heat until translucent. I added a grind of salt and pepper as well
Then, I added my burger meat and browned until all crumbled.
Then, I incorporated my spice mixture and let sauté along with the meat for about five minutes.
Next, add both 8 ounce cans of tomato sauce + one can of water and your cheese.
Bring pot to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer to reduce.
This is what it looks like after about 30 minutes of reduction.
I make a bigger batch than I need as I will freeze the leftovers for use at a later date. The cheese adds a nice creamy component and also helps to thicken the final product. The spices add a little kick and a great flavor. You can add more chili powder to suit your taste. I would add more, but I have to keep it on the tame side as Hope is not into the overly spicy. Usually I grill my dogs, but with the temperature at 11 F with a howling wind, I resigned myself to pan frying (gasp!).
So, I placed my hot dog in a bun, loaded up with sauce, and sprinkled diced red onion on top. Serve with a beer and pretend it is 75 F and sunny outside.
Alternatively, my mom used to put cole slaw on top as well. It is a nice addition to a chili dog. We call it West Virginia style. If you don't believe me, there is a great blog dedicated to the West Virginia Hot Dog. Have a peak. They are running a tournament right now pitting different styles of hot dogs against each other.
Thanks for stopping by,