Der Wienerschnitzel Chili Sauce

2013-05-16
  • Servings : 24
  • Prep Time : 10m
  • Cook Time : 35m
  • Ready In : 60m

If you are from or have ever been to So Cal, then you should know Der Weinerschnitzel. This iconic hot dog stand has been around forever, best known for their original chili cheese, mustard and kraut dogs. As with all fast food joints (except maybe In & Out Burger) their menu has expanded, and apparently they have also shorted their name, no more Der, but their chili sauce remains the same.

I adapted this copycat recipe for Der Wienerschnitzel Chili Sauce, that was originally put out by Top Secret Recipes.  Their’s was very close, but I had to tweak it a bit to get it closer.  Since I had just had some the weekend before the taste was still fresh in my mouth (o.k. fresh in my memory, I did brush my teeth).  So strike while the iron is hot I always say!

This chili sauce is easy to make and really tasty, so if you have a hankering for a chili cheese dog, make up a batch, (even if you have never enjoyed the original Der Wienerschnitzel Chili Sauce),  grab some hot dogs and have yourself one!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/3 pound lean ground pork
  • 6 cups water
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup Wondra Flour (this is a finely milled flour that mixes instantly with cold water)
  • 1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup chili powder (I used Gebharts, the recipe called for McCormick)
  • 1 - 2 tablespoons white vinegar (it is important this be white vinegar, not white wine vinegar)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon dried onion flakes (the flakes are a key ingredient, don't substitute dried onion granules)
  • 1 - 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 - 1 teaspoon teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Method

Step 1

In a medium non-stick saucepan, cook the meat over medium low heat, taking care to get the meat well crumbled (almost like grain). You don't need to brown it, just grey it. Cover the pan and cook over low heat for about 10 minutes.

Remove the meat from the pan and drain off most of the fat (if you used lean meat, there shouldn't be too much fat).

Step 2

While the meat is steaming (simmering); put the cornstarch and Wondra into a large measuring cup or deep bowl, slowly add the water, whisking until well blended. Add the vinegar and tomato paste, blending well. Set aside.

In another bowl, combine the salt, onion flakes, sugar, garlic powder and pepper. Mix well. Set aside.

Step 3

Add the water mixture to the now empty pan and stir well, return the meat to the pan along with the spice mixture; bring to a simmer, stirring often. Simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Use to top your hot dog, hamburger, or fries...it's all good.

Step 4

remember to taste and adjust seasonings. I start out with the smaller amount of each ingredient, about 20 minutes into cooking, I take my first taste and add more a little more of an ingredient if I think it needs it. Sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn't. Then taste again at the end. Usually I find if I add more vinegar, I have to add the additional sugar, if it's not hot enough, add a bit more chili powder...you get the idea

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A  dog all dressed out in “Der Wienerschnitzel Chili Sauce”

LindySez: When I make a chili dog, I like to grill my dog a little, then I put it into the bun, wrap the whole thing in a paper towel and micro it for 30 seconds to get a nice soft bun. Top it with the chili and whatever toppings you like, cheese, onions a little mustard? Hey it’s your dog, have it your way. ~ Cheers

This gravy is a little sweet, if you want one more like a Cincinnati chili gravy, try my original attempt at creating a Der Wienerschnitzel Chili Sauce with this recipe for Lindy’S Chili Gravy.  

Recipe Comments

  1. posted by Jessica on September 2, 2013

    Can this be made in a slow cooker?

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    • posted by LindySez on September 2, 2013

      Hi Jessica, my best guess is yes. I think that once you got the meat grey, you could put it all into the cooker and cook on low for 6 – 8 hours or high for 3. It should thicken just fine as it cooks. Let me know if you try this and how it worked! Cheers ~ Lindy

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      • posted by Jessica on September 2, 2013

        Thank you!! Just got all the ingredients so I’m going to try it now!! Thanks again :)

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        • posted by Jessica on September 2, 2013

          Just had this for dinner in the crock pot. Amazing!! Tastes so much like the real recipe. I did add an extra teaspoon of salt and extra table spoon of vinegar. I cooked it on low for 6hrs. So delicious and looks and tastes great. My husband loved it, this recipe is definitely a keeper!

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          • posted by LindySez on September 3, 2013

            So glad it worked out for you Jessica. Now I’m going to have to make it that way!

             
  2. posted by Claire on March 25, 2014

    I agree, a little more vinegar and salt! After that it tasted amazingly like the real thing. I had some with a hot dog and tater tots with cheese on top and was oh so satisfied! And now I have tons of leftovers! Thank you for this recipe!

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    • posted by LindySez on March 26, 2014

      I’m glad you enjoyed it Claire. That’s what I love about cooking, you can always adjust to fit your own tastes. Add a little here, take a little from there…now YOU own it! Cheers ~ Lindy

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