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Hot Dog Shop Chili Dogs


As explained on the site I got this recipe from:
The Hot Dog Shop (Pennsylvania), a 50's-style diner in Butler, Pa. remains practically unchanged in the pursuit of the modernization that many small American towns have experienced. For years, the Hot Dog Shop's specialty chili dog recipe remained a mystery.

This spicy recipe is full of distinct flavors and may be served as chili.

The chili sauce may be frozen, but remember, pepper increases its potency when frozen. If freezing, add the pepper later.

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  • oz. chili powder:
  • 2 pounds hamburger, cooked and drained
  • 1 1/2 cups finely chopped onion
  • 2 tbsp. salt
  • (adjust amount to taste-16 tsp = approx. 2 ozs. I used 9 tsps.)
  • 1/2 tbsp. cloves
  • 1 tbsp. nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp. black pepper (I used 1/2 Tablespoon)
  • 1 tbsp. sugar
  • 1/2 oz. paprika (1/2 oz = 1 Tablespoon)
  • 14 oz. ketchup
  • 7 cups water
  • 1 cups flour
  • 32 Hot Dogs, at least
  • For Chili(or if you want to add to Chili Dog Sauce):
  • 2 Cans Kidney Beans, drained and rinsed OR any bean of your choice
  • 1 Green Pepper, chopped, optional


Servings 3


Step 1

Mix 1 cup water with 1 cup of flour to make a paste. Stir in other ingredients. Add remaining water. Simmer slowly for 2 hours. Stir occasionally.

Serve on grilled hot dogs in hot dog rolls topped with a sprinkling of raw white onion and a wedge of dill pickle.

Add 2 cans of kidney beans and one chopped green pepper, if desired.

OR use any variety of canned or cooked dry beans that suits your taste.


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