hot dogs, buns, cheese... any other toppings your group loves.see notes for full list of options
Prep your hot dogs before you start the chili sauce. We highly recommend adding your hot dogs to simmering water and letting them warm through while you make the chili!
In a sauce pot over medium heat add 1 tablespoon olive or vegetable oil. Once it is shimmery and hot add the diced onions. Let them sauté for about 5 minutes to soften, but do not brown.
Now add the ground beef and crumble into small pieces while it cooks through.
Once it is cooked drain any excess grease before moving on.
Pour in the tomato sauce and green chilies.
Add the chili powder, cumin, sugar, garlic powder, onion powder and kosher salt and stir to mix in completely.
Let simmer for about 2-3 minutes to come together.
Time to serve!!
Place your warmed hot dog in a bun, spoon the chili sauce over top, sprinkle on some cheese, then add all your favorite toppings (see notes section for a list of ideas).
Optional Variations to the Chili Sauce
Use any ground meat you like: ground turkey, ground pork or ground chicken will all work in this recipe.For a stronger garlic flavor: add 2 minced garlic cloves when you add the onions.Spice things up: add a pinch or two of red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper when you add the other spices.Beans?: beans are not traditional in a chili sauce meant to top hot dogs, but if you LOVE beans you can add a can of drained pinto or black beans.Vegetarian?: sub the ground meat for a vegetable crumble like Beyond Meat, Everything Legendary or Quorn. Then use a veggie dog.