Wienerschnitzel Chili (As Close As You Will Find)

"I have researched and tried many different variations. Mysterygirl's recipe was as close as I could find. I started with her recipe and made a few changes, I believe the key to it is the cumin seed. When added, that seemed to make the difference. Follow this exactly and I believe you will be pleasantly surprised."
photo by Piper Lee photo by Piper Lee
photo by Piper Lee
photo by Trey W. photo by Trey W.
photo by Giselle C. photo by Giselle C.
photo by Mary Ann M. photo by Mary Ann M.
photo by Mayhem R. photo by Mayhem R.
Ready In:
6 cups




  • Brown ground beef and ground pork in a large saucepan over medium heat, ensure that the meat is well crumbled. (I utilize a potato masher for this. When you think it is done, mash some more.).
  • When the meat is completely browned cover saucepan and turn heat to low.
  • After ten minutes, remove the ground meat from the heat and drain.
  • While the meat is simmering, in a separate pan, mix the water, Wondra and the cornstarch. (I typically also add all dry ingredients to a separate bowl at this time.).
  • Whisk thoroughly as it's added until it's dissolved into the water.
  • Add drained meat, all the dry ingredients, vinegar and tomato paste to the water mixture.
  • Place the pan over medium heat and bring to a boil. Stir occasionally, it will burn if you walk away.
  • When chili begins to boil, reduce heat and simmer for 1 hour. Once again stirring occasionally.
  • Chili is now ready to add over a steamed hotdog, soft bun and I use Velveeta slices with it. Enjoy!
  • I have read different reviews on Weinerscnitzel chili and those that say there is no meat, should look at their rapper closer, before licking it. There is meat it is just crushed real small.
  • I believe, if followed exactly, this recipe comes extremely close to that delicious sauce found at Weinerscnitzel. Please try it and comment back here on your results.

Questions & Replies

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  1. Giselle C.
    Not a question, but an affirmation. I worked at Weinerschnitzel longer ago than I care to admit, and you're right, there most definitely IS meat in there- Weinerschnitzel saves their burnt and unused hamburger patties to make the chili. IDK about pork. We didn't add it, but the rest of it came in cans which might have contained some other meat. Mine is simmering now, but the color and taste seem about right per your recipe. ;)
  2. Chef Perro
    Would it be possible to make this in a slow cooker?


  1. Piper Lee
    Hey Firemandave, this was AWESOME! I used ground turkey, (it's all I had) instead of beef and pork; and instead of whisking the flour/cornstarch into the hot water, I sprinkled it over the cooked meat and stirred it until the meat was thoroughly coated. I set the meat aside and put the water into a big pot; I whisked the tomato paste, vinegar, and the rest of the dry ingredients into the pot of water, carefully scooped the meat mixture into the water mixture and stirred it until it came to a boil. Then, I followed the rest of your directions to simmer it for an hour.<br/><br/>The reason I did that thing with the flour/cornstarch and the meat is so it wouldn't lump in the water. It works great. :) Thanks for posting this recipe. It's really fabulous! Where I live the closest Wienerschnitzel is 4 hours away. *sad face* You should post more recipes since this one was so amazing!!<br/><br/>Okay, I have to chime in again... I made so much of this yummy stuff last night that we were able to have it for lunch today, too. This time I poured it over tortilla chips and topped it with shredded cheese and they made the BEST nachos! I'm afraid I'm in love with this recipe!
  2. kpfrzer
    I made this recipe and I have to say, it’s better than weinerschnitzel! Thank you for sharing this!
  3.  Steve at KillerNOMS
    Haven't made this yet, but gave it 5 stars just for the idea. My first job was at an original Der Wienerschnitzel a-frame in Fremont CA. A free meal per shift was part of the deal, and I bet I ate a thousand chili cheese dogs while there. Never got tired of them. I haven't lived in striking distance of a DW since the late '70s, but anytime my travel takes me near one it's a sloppy reunion :) Anyway, they started selling their chili online in 15oz cans.. It's perfect, but at $5 + shipping each (!!!!) I'll probably try this recipe out soon. Here are the ingredients they list: Water, Beef, Food starch-modified, Salt, Vinegar, Spices, Textured Soy Concentrate (Caramel color added), Tomato Paste, Monosodium Glutamate, Paprika Seasoning (Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Salt, Caramel color), Yellow Corn Flour, Sugar, Yeast Extract, Dehydrated onion, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Oleoresin paprika. I thought this might inspire some informed tweaking. Enjoy!
  4. Giselle C.
    These came out great, thanks!! I followed the recipe very closely, but added 1/2tsp salt (just personal taste), and 1/2 tsp msg- because its true to the original recipe, and I find it adds that little bit of "pop" to bring out the flavor. Thanks for a great knock-off of a classic!
  5. Trey W.
    I used 1 lb beef and 1 lb pork and reduced sugar by one teaspoon. The chili was absolutely delicious and the closest thing I’ve ever had to der Wienerschnitzel. Thank you for posting!
    • Review photo by Trey W.


  1. Mayhem R.
    Used Hardy Jack's Chili no beans



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