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Hot dog chili sauce in a white enamel pan with a black rim being scooped out with a ladle.
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5 from 15 votes

Hot Dog Chili Sauce

Top your hot dog with the best Hot Dog Chili Recipe ever! This No-Bean Chili Sauce Recipe is swimming in ground beef, tomato sauce, and those iconic chili flavors you love. It is the perfect way to top a hot dog!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Condiments, Side
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 cups
Calories: 35kcal
Author: Nikki Lee


  • 1.5 pounds lean ground beef
  • cup diced onion
  • 15 ounces tomato sauce
  • ½ to 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 ½ tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt (or to taste)
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon granulated or brown sugar adjust to taste


  • In a 12-inch or large skillet over medium-high heat crumble and saute ground beef and onion. Cook until browned and cooked through. Drain any grease on a plate topped with paper towels. Return cooked ground beef and onion to skillet.
  • Add remaining ingredients and stir until combined. Starting with ½ cup beef broth and add more to the desired consistency.
    Bring to a simmer and cook for about 15 minutes or until the sauce thickens to desired consistency.
  • Serve over prepared hot dogs and enjoy!


This recipe makes about 4 cups of hot dog sauce.
  • Drain the ground beef after cooking to remove any grease. 
  • To get a really fine beef texture use a fork to mash the beef until desired texture is achieved. You can even add in the beef broth and continue to work with the fork for a super fine texture.
  • Start the onions just ahead of the ground beef if you have kids that don't like to see onions! Or you can even grate them into the sauce and they won't even see them at all.
  • Out of tomato sauce? Use tomato paste and a cup of water.
  • If you are watching your sodium intake you may want to adjust the salt in the recipe to your taste. You can also use low sodium beef broth or water as a substitute.


Serving: 2tablespoon | Calories: 35kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 178mg | Potassium: 129mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 169IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg