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If you are from or have ever been to So Cal, then you should know Der Wienerschnitzel. 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, originally put out by Top Secret Recipes. Theirs was very close, but I tweaked it a bit to get it closer. I had just enjoyed a Chili Dog there the weekend before, so 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. 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!
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).
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 chili powder, salt, onion flakes, sugar, garlic powder, and pepper. Mix well. Set aside.
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.
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
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.
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