Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Skillet Hot Dog Chili Sauce

A skillet chili, made for hot dogs and with a Cajun-flair, made with ground beef, seasoned with Worcestershire, yellow mustard, onion, hot sauce, Cajun and other herbs and seasonings.

Skillet Hot Dog Chili Sauce

I love hot dogs. Love, love, love. I don't care how they are made, or what's in them, or the scary stories, nope, just don't even want to hear about all that, because I. Love. Hot. Dogs. And guess what?

I've tried just about every brand and kind there is out there and I like the cheap ones the best. I'll eat them boiled, microwaved or pan fried, though for me, they really are best cooked on the grill in my humble opinion, and this yummy hot dog chili sauce only makes the experience that much better.

Now, first off.. I won't go so far as to say this qualifies as anything near a Coney Island hot dog sauce, though I did attempt to pattern it after that following some goodly amount of research. Of course I had to "Southern" it up a bit, adding a little Cajun flair with some Louisiana hot sauce and my near and dear to me Slap Ya Mama Cajun seasoning from Ville Platte, Louisiana. Plain water or even beef broth works fine, but bump it up a bit and try using your favorite Coke - meaning Coca-Cola, root beer or Dr Pepper for a little added sweetness.

Probably not at all like what you think when you think chili stewed in a pot and topped on a hot dog, and really sort of non-descript all on it's own, but marry the sauce with the dog and it's heaven, I tell ya!

Cook the hot dogs the way you like them - microwave, baked, cooked in a pan, boiled, whatever you like the best. I like to grill them on my gas grill.

Just preheat to high, oil the grates, stick the hot dogs on, reduce heat to medium, and cook over direct heat, with the lid closed, somewhere between 5 and 7 minutes, turning several times so ya don't burn the beejesus out of 'em. Course, some people like them burned and I'm not one to judge.

Toast the buns, slip in a dog, spoon over some hot dog sauce, and embellish it with whatever you like. I happen to like mine done this way, with a bit of extra mustard, some raw onion and sweet pickle relish. Hello yum yum.

By the way, if you prefer your dog sauce to be more pureed and less chunky, the food processor is the perfect tool for that. Just transfer the hot sauce carefully to the food processor and pulse until you get the consistency you like.

Here's how to make it!

Recipe: Skillet Hot Dog Chili Sauce

©From the Kitchen of Deep South Dish
Prep time: 10 min |Cook time: 30 min | Yield: About 6 to 8 servings

  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 (1 pound) package hot dogs
  • 1 package hot dog buns
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • Garnishes: Extra onion, chopped pickles, or pickle relish, extra mustard, ketchup
Seasoning Blend:
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/8 cup hot sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Creole mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup Coca Cola, root beer, Dr Pepper, or plain water
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cajun seasoning (like Slap Ya Mama), or to taste
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder, or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon celery seed
  • Couple pinches kosher salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper, or to taste
  • Light grating whole nutmeg, optional

Heat olive oil in a medium sized skillet and add onion; cook until softened but not browned. Add the ground beef and cooked until browned, breaking the meat up. Drain and set aside.

To the same skillet, add the ketchup, hot sauce, yellow mustard, and Worcestershire sauce; stir in cola, root beer, Dr Pepper or water and sugar and blend well. Add the Cajun seasoning, chili powder, paprika, garlic powder, allspice, celery seed, salt and pepper. Grate about 3 passes on the microplane of whole nutmeg into the sauce, if desired. Bring mixture up to a boil, add the meat, reduce and simmer for about 30 minutes on medium low.

Meanwhile grill the hot dogs. Brush the hot dog buns with a light layer of melted butter and toast on the upper rack of the grill. Place hot dog in a bun, top with the hot dog sauce, and garnish as desired.

Cook's Notes: If you prefer your dog sauce to be more pureed and less chunky, the food processor is the perfect tool for that. Just transfer the hot sauce carefully to the food processor and pulse until you get the consistency you like.

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  1. OMG! My mouth is so watering for a hot dog now! We've stopped eating them because of the salt content and the doctor has been all over hubby about his salt intake. : ( I want a hot dog!

  2. I'm all for a good hot dog! Looks great with the cajun hot dog sauce and all that yummy mustard and relish. I'll take two ;-)

  3. I am with you - I don't care what the hell is in them, but I love them!

    Last summer my husband and I discovered the BEST hot dogs at our local butcher - not cheap either - I think each one is $2! But holy shit, worth the $$!

    Um, we may have even deep fat fried them once - okay, twice!

  4. I'll be right over. I can't stand it. I'm drooling down the front of my shirt. Is the house next door to yours for sale??????

  5. Mary this looks fantastic! Such a perfect way to kick off the summer weather!

  6. Oh man, that would totally hit the spot right now!

  7. When will I learn not to come here when I'm hungry? Now I'm drooling!
    I am a hot dog lover too. YUM!

  8. Wow, that looks delicious. My husband would just about die from excitement if I put this on the table!

  9. Wooooweeee! I'm with you...hot dogs on the grill are da bomb! Your sauce looks so good too! I'm so excited for grilling season here. It seems like it's taking forever to really warm up.

    I've had my eye on a Dr. Pepper sauce for hot dogs since December. Now I'm going to have to try this too!

  10. I love an occasional hot dog and your fully loaded Cajun dog would tempt me to have two. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

  11. I love a good hot dog but only if it's all natural. stop by today for a bloody mary, you'll be glad you did! anne


  12. I sooo love hot dogs of any kind. When I was 16 I worked at the mall and I would get an Orange Julius chili cheese dog every day I worked! Those were the days! I love the cajun sauce you used in your version.

  13. I would totally devour that dog. It's very close to the perfect carolina dog (slaw, onion, yellow mustard, chili), so it makes me hungry!

  14. Jumping back in here to thank you for your kind words. and to let you know the link has been repaired. Blessings...Mar

  15. Tried this recipe over the weekend. Entire family LOVED it (even the fussy teenager)! Just a tiny bit of heat, so next time I'll add some crushed red pepper. YUM! Thanks for posting.

  16. Chowz, thanks so much. (Beautiful chow too there by the way, but you knew that ;) I try to keep my dishes on the milder side of spicy for the general crowd. Those of us who like the heat can just bump it up! Thanks so much for coming back to let me know that you enjoyed the recipe!!

  17. It was rather warm here today being that Christmas is only 4 days away. So I made chili dogs tonight and it was fantastic! I wish I would've made this sooner. I've had it pinned forever. I bet this chili sauce would go great on baked potatoes as well. I will have to make this again soon.
    My husband said he loved it and asked me what was the "brand" of this chili sauce HA,HA :) I told him it was the Mary Foreman Brand :) he said he'd buy stock in it if he could!
    Thank you for making me look like the dinner hero to family once again and I hope you and the Cajun have a wonderful Christmas filled with lots of great memories. We appreciate what you're doing here!

  18. I browse this blog at least 4 times a week, so how did I not see this earlier?? Dr Pepper is the way to go for this awesome sauce! Mary, have you ever spiral cut your hot dogs before grilling? You get a ton of surface area that hold all that amazing sauce! It's truly a beautiful thing!!


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