Thursday, July 2, 2015

West Virginia Chili Sauce

There are several toppings that make a perfect hot dog and depending on where you live there are traditional
toppings in various regions.
When we visit my husband's family in West Virginia it's a tradition to get some hot dogs with chili sauce at one of many little shops in the area. When I lived in North Carolina I remember our club making and wrapping hot dogs with cole slaw to sell at the football games. So, when we got married we liked having both toppings available in addition to sweet relish and onions.

If you have a pound of ground beef, a can of tomato paste, a few seasonings and a little time you can make this outstanding chili sauce for your next cookout! My husband usually makes this but I tried it for the first time this week. I added the last 4 ingredients and the whole family loved it!

1# Hamburg
1-medium onion/finely chopped
1-6 oz can HUNTS tomato paste.
3-cans water ( use the tomato paste can)
½ cup Catsup
1-tsp vinegar
1-tsp salt
1-1/2-tbsp chili powder ( may want to start with less)
1 clove of garlic, finely chopped
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1/4 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
Sprinkle with love

Do not brown meat, but combine all ingredients in a sauce pan. Cook slowly for 1- ½ hours, stirring often. Sprinkle with love before serving. This recipe requires constant attention or it will burn. You can cook it in a small crock pot on low for several hours instead.