Wiggins Hot Dog Chili

Dave B


This is my version of the famous Wiggins Drive Inn Hot dog chili. Wiggins use to sit across from the Old Huntington High School in Huntington WV. This is my go to sauce, my favorite, and the one I have shared to more people than any other. I make it and divide in small packages (snack size zip lock bags) and freeze. When needed pop a bag out heat up and BOOM. I can not say enough good things about this sauce, it's even pretty good added to your favorite noodles or to a can of Pinto beans for a fast chili. Hope you all enjoy as much as my friends and family do.

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Several dozen
15 Min
3 Hr
Stove Top


4 lb
good lean ground beef
1 large
sweet onion chopped
2 can(s)
tomato paste
1/2 tsp
garlic powder
1 can(s)
tomato juice (large can)
2 tsp
black pepper
4 tsp
salt (adjust as needed)
bay leaves
6 tsp
chili powder
6 tsp
2 tsp
apple cider vinegar
1/2 c
sugar or splenda
1 Tbsp
red pepper flakes
32 oz
tomato sauce


1In a large heavy pot, add chopped onions and hamburger, break up. Cook till hamburger is browned. Add to remaining ingredients.
2Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a low simmer. Cook uncovered for 3-4 hours, turn heat off let sit for 15 min
3Very important step....use stick mixer to break up sauce and make smoother, you do not want any lumps or chunks

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Other Sauces
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: Southern
Dietary Needs: Dairy Free
Other Tag: Heirloom