Melissa Turner Recipe

Der Wienerschnitzel (hot dog chili sauce) Copycat

By Melissa Turner Mlturner908

Recipe Rating:
 3 Ratings
Yields 6 cups
Prep Time:
Cook Time:
Cooking Method:
Stove Top

Melissa's Story

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
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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

  • Comments

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    hanan whitney nazzal - Sep 22, 2012
    i like to learn how to make the sauce for schaschlik i loved the stuff can you help? thanx
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    Melissa Turner Mlturner908 - Sep 22, 2012
    Found the skewer and sauce recipe here you go. Hope this is what you were looking for.
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    hanan whitney nazzal - Sep 23, 2012
    thank you mel i will check it out and i will let you know
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    Melissa Turner Mlturner908 - Sep 23, 2012
    I have submitted changes to this recipe. This is a copycat recipe and upon making I have determined that it needs the whole can of tomato paste and I reduced the vinegar from 1/2 tablespoon to 2 teaspoons. The recipe as is was kind of bland and a wee bit vinegary. You can stick to the copycat or try it with the changes I have made. I thought mine tasted more like the real thing.
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    Melissa Turner Mlturner908 - Sep 23, 2012
    Sorry that is 1 teaspoon vinegar not 2.