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Der Wienerschnitzel Chili Sauce

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 - 2 tablespoons white vinegar (it is important this be white vinegar, not white wine vinegar)
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup chili powder (I used Gebharts, the recipe called for McCormick)
  • 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 chili powder, 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

This is a copycat recipe for Der Wienerschnitzel Chili Sauce that is so close to the original you would think you were in their drive-thru!.

Der Wienerschnitzel Chili Sauce


 

The making of Der Wienerschnitzel Chili Sauce

A printable recipe card is available at the bottom of this post.

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!

 

der Wienerschnitzel chili sauce

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.  

Der Wienerschnitzel Chili Sauce

der Wienerschnitzel chili sauce

A Der Wienerschnitzel copycat recipe for their famous chili sauce.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

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 - 2 tablespoons white vinegar (it is important this be white vinegar, not white wine vinegar)
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup chili powder (I used Gebharts, the recipe called for McCormick)
  • 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 garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Instructions

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 chili powder, 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.

Notes

LindySez- 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

21 Responses

    1. 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

        1. 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!

        1. I was all like…yes it is, it’s there…but then I notice, I do not include it in the second step of the instruction, you are right. I omitted it…of course, in my head I included it. This, of course,is the beauty of a blog and the internet, I can go fix that right up right now. Thank you Jim for pointing this out. Cheers ~ Lindy

  1. 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!

    1. 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

    1. Oh yes Ken, the leftovers freeze beautifully. And always nice to have a batch in the freezer for when you just have to have a chili dog! (or burger) Thanks for stopping by… Cheers ~ Lindy

    1. Well, there is always more then one way to make a recipe, personally I think that would totally lack any tomato flavor. I adjust with the sugar and vinegar and of course with the chili powder. I think the tomato portion of the program is perfect. Try it either way and see how you like it best. It’s all a matter of taste, but this is more authentic and a copy-cat recipe. Cheers

  2. I have to try this!!!
    I was curious, i really love the chilli cheese fries by them, do you know the exact cheese they put on top??

  3. I’m making this recipe right now. I needed to add more salt and white vinegar. I didn’t have tomato paste so substituted with catsup and cut back on the water and sugar. I didn’t have dried chopped onions so I finely minced fresh onion. I also didn’t have Wondra flour so I used unbleached flour. Threw all the dry ingredients with 2 cups of the water and blended in my bullet. The sauce is very smooth and simmering slowly at the moment. It tastes very good right now and we are anticipating chili cheese dogs like we used to get at der Weinerschnitzel. There isn’t one located where we live.

    1. I’m sorry I didn’t see your question sooner, I suppose it would be ok to mix ground beef and pork. It shouldn’t be that much different in texture, only slightly in flavors. If you do I wouldn’t go more than 1/2 and 1/2. Cheers, and let me know if you do! ~ Lindy

  4. OK, I just finished dinner…

    I have made a couple of “fast food style” chilis before. They were ok.

    I missed a couple of cues. I used the max of each ingredient. Then at 20 minutes, I had an “Oh Sh*&” moment… but the tasting was awesome!

    I did a couple of things “different”. I used a special chili blend from Penzy’s Spices mixed with Chipotle Chili powder (1/2 and 1/2 totaling a cup), and I deep fried the Hot Dogs after the fries were done. Penzy’s special Chili 3000 was an awesome “oops”!!

    The result was AMAZING! It really was Der Wein, but with a kick!

    Thank you for this! I am freezing a jar and sending it to my friend in Oregon. He is really missing our Der Wein outings and the arrival of a frozen jar of this Chili will make his year!

  5. I’ve made this before (used the copycat recipe) but I just don’t like the ground pork anymore. So I bought one of their cans (yes, they sell it now!) and per the ingredients list it just has beef and soy protein. Anyway, I have a bag of those soy bits and I just used about a half cup of them reconstituted in hot water instead of the pork. It came out great!

    1. Interesting, when I worked in fast food we often used soy bits to extend our meat, mostly in taco meat. But it makes sense that it would work. Recipes change over time, perhaps in commercial production they found soy protein to be not only cheaper but now might appeal to those who don’t eat pork. Always willing to experiment! Cheers ~ Lindy

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