West Virginia Hot Dog Sauce

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Serves: 20 (hot dogs)
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Cooking Method: Stove Top


1 lb ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
29 oz tomato sauce
2 Tbsp chili powder, to start

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Fran Miller Recipe
Well Seasoned
Parkersburg, WV (pop. 31,492)
Member Since Apr 2011
Fran's notes for this recipe:
In West Virginia, we don't put "chili" on our hot dogs, we put "sauce"on them. This is a pretty basic recipe that can be doctored to your personal taste. =^..^=
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Brown ground beef & onion together, chopping meat into small pieces. Drain & return to skillet.
Add tomato sauce & chili powder. Simmer over med-low heat, stirring often, until sauce is desired consistency. Taste & add more chili powder, if needed. Stir well.
Variations: For the meat, use ground venison, veggie burger, ground turkey, etc... Chopped green pepper can be added with the onion. Some folks like a splash of tabasco or hot sauce.
Serve sauce over hot dog in a bun. In West Virginia, traditionally, hot dogs come with sauce, mustard, and (chopped raw) onions OR sauce & slaw. But make yourself happy with your own combinations!

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user Sherri Logan Williams logansw - Jul 11, 2011
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user Sherri Logan Williams logansw - Jul 11, 2011
great recipe! thanks for sharing...sw:)
user Teresa Carter cinnamongirlKY - Jul 11, 2011
Looks YUMMY! :-)
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user Rene Burton Rentintin - Sep 3, 2011
Yum this is what I grew up eating My mom was famous for her hot dog sauce and any big event she would make several gallons, always gone at the end of the day. She always used a good brand of Ketshup instead of the tomatoe sauce and lots and lots of onions. That's the way I love hot dogs.Yes I am from Charleston, WVa.

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