Doggie Essentials: Hotdog Awesome Sauce

Andy Anderson !


I have two hotdog chili recipes posted, and both are great on a good doggie. This one is a bit different. I am using three different meats, and a few other new ingredients.

Served this on top of some prime hotdogs with Bonnie’s baked french-fries, coleslaw, and some nice tall cold ones.

So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.


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20 Min
2 Hr 30 Min
Stove Top



  • 1 lb
    ground beef, lean (80/20)
  • 8 oz
    ground pork loin
  • 4 oz
    ground italian sausage, mild or hot, your choice

  • 1 medium
    yellow onion, finely chopped or grated
  • 2 - 3 clove
    garlic, minced

  • 2 - 3 Tbsp
    chili powder, hot or mild, your choice
  • 1 Tbsp
    dehydrated onions
  • 1 tsp
    ground cumin, or to taste
  • 1 tsp
    smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp
    mustard powder, i prefer coleman’s
  • 1 pinch
    ground cinnamon

  • 8 oz
    tomato sauce, 1 can
  • 1 tsp
    hot sauce (i prefer frank’s), or to taste
  • 4 oz
    freshly brewed coffee
  • 2 1/2 c
    beef stock, not broth

  • ·
    salt, kosher variety, to taste
  • ·
    white pepper, freshly ground, to taste

How to Make Doggie Essentials: Hotdog Awesome Sauce


  2. You will want a large skillet with tall sides, or a good pot to make this recipe.
  3. This entire recipe relies on cooking at a low-and-slow temperature. Anything above a simmer is to high. The reason for this is that it gives the ingredients a bit of time to meld their flavors. As a matter of fact, assuming you can spare the time, if you allow it to cool down, stick it in the fridge, and then reheat it the next day, it tastes even better.
  4. Gather your ingredients (mise en place).
  5. Gently toss the meats together, taking care not to compress them.
  6. Add the three meats to a skillet or pot over medium-low heat, cook for 15 – 20 minutes.
  7. While the ground meats are slowly cooking, add the dry spices to a bowl and reserve.
  8. When the ground meats are nice and browned, add the onions and garlic.
  9. Combine and slowly simmer for 15 – 20 minutes.
  10. Add the dry spices.
  11. Combine with the ground meats and cook for 3 – 4 minutes.
  12. Add the tomato and hot sauces and stir for about 2 – 3 minutes.
  13. Add the beef stock and coffee, then stir to combine.
  14. Turn the heat down to the lowest simmer you can manage, and let the sauce cook until reduces it by about half, and thickens, about 30 – 45 minutes.
  15. While the sauce is simmering taste and add a bit of salt and pepper, to taste. But remember that the sauce is reducing, so the salt you add at the beginning will be more concentrated at the end… be careful with the salt.
  17. Serve up with your favorite dogs. Enjoy.
  18. Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

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About Doggie Essentials: Hotdog Awesome Sauce

Course/Dish: Beef
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: American

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