Der Wienerschnitzel (hot dog chili sauce) Copycat

Melissa Turner Recipe

By Melissa Turner Mlturner908

Yields 6 cups
15 Min
1 Hr
Stove Top

Grew up in the Mid-west and my absolute favorite place to eat was Der Wienerschnitzel now known as just Wienerschnitzel. Best chili dogs and chili cheese fries I have ever eaten. It was a very sad day when our Wienerschnitzel closed down, since I ate there at least twice a week. Oh to have the metabolism of a youngster again. Every time I go out west I make sure to stop by and eat until I'm sick. This is not a regular chili. It is a chili sauce to be used to top hot dogs, fries, hamburgers, etc.


3/4 lb
ground beef
1/4 lb
ground pork
6 c
1/4 c
corn starch
1/2 c
wondra flour (instant flour)
small can tomato paste
1 tsp
white vinegar
6 Tbsp
chili powder
1/2 Tbsp
1 Tbsp
dried onion flakes
1/4 tsp
garlic powder
1/4 tsp
ground black pepper
1 tsp
ground cumin (exact)

Directions Step-By-Step

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. Whisk thoroughly as it's added until it's dissolved into the water. Wondra flour is a brand of instant flour that dissolves instantly for sauces and gravy's. It can be found next to all the other flours. I have posted a picture.
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.
A true Wienerschnitzel hot dog was made with a Vienna beef dog. If your store does not sell them I would go with a Hebrew national or a Nathans. Just a thought. If you want a Wienerschnitzel chili cheese dog place a slice of kraft american cheese on the bun first, then dog and then top with chili. This recipe is the closest I have come to the true thing. Enjoy! Don't forget the chili cheese fries, or I am thinking I am going to try chili cheese nacho's, Yum.

About this Recipe

Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: American
Hashtags: #hot, #dogs

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Marleen Clark MarleenClark53
Mar 29, 2015
This recipe for Der Weinersnitchel chili is totally FANTASTIC!!! It taste just like their Chili Cheese Dogs!!! My 22 yr old son made this recipe....and I must say it was damned good!!! Will be making this recipe again and again...Pure YUMMY!!! Try it folks...You will also LOVE IT!!!
Thanks so much for the recipe...Very much APPRECIATED!!!!
Marleen Clark
Renée G. ReneeCooks
Jan 14, 2015
We had Der Wienerschnitzels in California. During my last pregnancy...I couldn't get enough of these delightfully drippy, messy dogs. Well, they might have not been quite so messy had I not been trying to wolf them down while sitting and waiting for the older kids to get out of school and eating them in the car. I don't think I've had one since back then, but I do remember them well. I will definitely be trying your recipe. Thanks you for sharing, Melissa.
Melissa Turner Mlturner908
Dec 2, 2013
Ah thank you very much. I will have to see if I can find the original recipe on and give it a try. This recipe was close but just a little off and now I know why. Thanks again.
Melody U. ElfiePoo
Dec 2, 2013
I have the 'original' copycat recipe from and it looks like the reason yours was too sweet was because you used a whole small can of tomato paste. The original recipe said to only use 1 Tbs. However, reducing the vinegar from the original 1 Tbs to 1 tsp definitely changes the slight 'zing' to Wienerschnitzel's dog sauce and makes it still too sweet.
Marlyne Bilton Marlyne
Oct 23, 2013
Ya I just use plain chili powder mine turns out grate...