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 with more people than any other. I make it and divide into small packages (snack size Ziploc bags) and freeze. When needed pop a bag out heat up and BOOM. I cannot 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.

★★★★★ 1 vote
Several dozen
15 Min
3 Hr
Stove Top

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Notes from the Test Kitchen:
This hot dog chili is full of flavor and has a nice little bite to it. It takes a while for the chili to cook down and for the flavors to mingle but it is well worth the wait. Another thing I really love about this is blending it to a nice smooth consistency. It's great to smother hot dog in, but I think you'll be finding other ways to serve this (like on french fries!).


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.
2Add remaining ingredients.
3Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a low simmer. Cook uncovered for 3-4 hours.
4Turn heat off and let sit for 15 min.
5Very 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
Collection: Fourth of July!
Other Tag: Heirloom