Authentic Midwestern Hot Dog Chili - Hot Dog Sauce

Total Time
3hrs 5mins
Prep 5 mins
Cook 3 hrs

From my Gram to your kitchen! This is the REAL deal. This chili freezes very well for later use. If using fatty ground beef, the chili can be made in advance and refrigerated in order to lift fat from top before reheating.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Add raw beef to cold water and stir until beef separates to a fine texture.
  2. Add remaining ingredients.
  3. Stir and simmer uncovered for at least 3 hours.
  4. At the beginning of the last hour, pan may be covered after desired consistency is reached.
  5. Remove bay leaves before serving.
Most Helpful

My son made this for family supper, and it was very easy. If you like a smooth texture rather than a chunky texture, this is the recipe for you. My husband thought the allpice, cinnamon and chocolate were odd, but they added a noticeable difference to the overall flavor.

Terri Newell December 18, 2008

My sister and nephew (from Wisconsin) recently came to visit us. I usually take our out-of-town visitors to this local hot dog stand, when we visited they were already closed. :( Well, now we were craving chili dogs, so I promised to make some the following day. I made these and they were SO, SO very good!! We used turkey dogs and used onion powder in place of the onions (for the children) other than that we followed the recipe. Thanks Brandess for another keeper!!

simplemom July 25, 2008