Tommy's Hamburger Chili Sauce

Total Time
1hr 5mins
Prep 5 mins
Cook 1 hr

This recipe is posted by request. Clone recipe by Todd Wilbur. Serve on burgers, or hot dogs I would think.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large saucepan brown meat over medium heat, crumbling as you cook.
  2. Pour meat in to a strainer over a bowl.
  3. Reserve 1/2 cup fat and return meat to saucepan.
  4. In a medium saucepan heat fat over medium heat.
  5. When hot whisk in the 1/4 cup flour.
  6. Reduce heat to medium low, and continue to cook until a rich caramel color is reached, around 15 minutes.
  7. Add beef broth and whisk well.
  8. Remove from heat.
  9. In the meat saucepan add water to the cooked beef.
  10. Whisk in remaining flour.
  11. Add the roux/broth and remaining ingredients.
  12. Heat to medium high stirring often.
  13. Once a gentle boil is reached, reduce to medium low and simmer for 20 minutes, again, stirring often.
  14. Remove from heat and let stand 30 minutes to thicken.
Most Helpful

This recipe is good but not like Tommy's really. The other recipes I've looked up say 3 TABLESPOONS of chili powder, not 3 teaspoons. So I may try doing that instead. I'm pregnant

lisaportillo78_11873977 January 12, 2015

I grew up with an Original Tommy's restaurant across the street from my High School in La Habra California, and spent at least $1000 per year on their food. This is a reasonable facsimile of the famous Tommy's chili. It takes a few times to get it figured out. Needs plenty of beef fat and cook time to get the color and taste right. Too much flour will kill it. Great with pickles, mustard, tomatoes, and onions. Until Tommy's opens a restaurant in my town, this recipe will work for me.

Chef Boyami Hungry January 04, 2015