This recipe is a great way to make hot dog sauce using ground beef. The beef is simmered in the pan with various seasonings. It is important to cook this slowly so that it is nice and moist when you want to serve it. You want to cook the mixture just until the liquid is almost gone but not completely. You can adjust a lot of the seasonings to your taste and add additional seasonings as well. Along with this hot dog sauce you can top your hot dogs with whatever you like; some good options would be cheddar cheese, ketchup, and mustard. What I did was top them with warmed nacho cheese and green onions—it was delicious! Enjoy.
2 1/2lbs lean ground beef
1 cup water
½ cup tomato sauce
1/3 cup ketchup
½ teaspoon salt
½ tablespoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon white sugar
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon dried minced onion
crushed red pepper flakes (to taste)
Step 1: Crumble ground beef into a large deep skillet over medium heat. Stir in water, and mash the ground beef thoroughly with a potato masher. Stir in tomato sauce, ketchup, salt, pepper, sugar, chili powder, dried minced onion, and red pepper flakes. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, and simmer for 60 to 90 minutes, until the sauce reaches a medium consistency that is not too soupy.
Step 2: Serve this on hot dogs. You can grill the hot dogs, boil them, etc.
(Makes 12 Servings)