Chili Dog Sauce Recipe
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Chili Dog Sauce Recipe

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This big batch of sauce disappears quickly. Why not put some sauce into pretty jars and take it to your next cookout? You're sure to be the hit of the barbecue.— Karen Ann Bland, Gove, Kansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 2-3/4 hours
MAKES:24 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 2-3/4 hours
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 2-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 3 medium onions, chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 bottle (28 ounces) ketchup
  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • Hot dogs, heated
  • Hot dog buns, split
  • Shredded cheddar cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1/4 cup) equals 121 calories, 5 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 23 mg cholesterol, 437 mg sodium, 12 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 9 g protein.


  1. In a large saucepan, cook the beef, onions, green pepper and garlic over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in ketchup and chili powder. Simmer, uncovered, for 2-1/2 hours or until thick and bubbly, stirring occasionally.
  2. Serve over hot dogs in buns; sprinkle with cheese. Yield: 6 cups.
To easily turn hot dogs on a grill, thread them end to end onto metal skewers.
Originally published as Chili Dog Sauce in Taste of Home Ground Beef Cookbook 1999, p309

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Reviewed Feb. 3, 2012

"I very much regret wasting my money on this recipe. I thought it tasted terrible so I asked my husband to try it and told him what it was prior. He said it tasted weird. Then I tried all kinds of things to try and make it better. No luck it was just too bad to repair. I always use really fresh ingredients when cooking so that was not the problem."

Reviewed Apr. 15, 2011

"This recipe was so simply and was a crowd pleaser. I added a bit of Worcestershire Sauce which gave it a unique scrumptious taste. This is my second time making for a sporting event. Thanks for sharing."

Reviewed Aug. 13, 2010

"Made this for 34 people and everyone raved about it. I did change it slightly to use up some ingredients I had on hand......1 cup tomato sauce and 1 cup homemade BBQ sauce. and of course cut back on the amount of ketchup called for. will make this again for sure. Thanks for a great recipe."

Reviewed Oct. 12, 2009

"This recipe was so good, and easy. I didn't use the green pepper, or garlic and this recipe was still really good. I will be making this again.."

Reviewed Sep. 7, 2009

"I made this for my daughter to take to her job and people just raved over it. It was easy and went over with a blast. I left the green peppers out because she does not care for them. Wonderful and easy.."

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