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Lindy's Chili Gravy on a Chili Dog with pickles on a yellow plate.

Lindy's Chili Gravy

Lindy’s Chili Gravy is so versatile and can be made for less than 60 cents per serving. Use it on hot dogs, hamburgers, as a dip, or on spaghetti.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Sauces, Dressings & Condiments, Soups, Stews & Chili
Cuisine American
Servings 30 servings
Calories 274 kcal


  • 5 - 6 pounds ground beef I grind my own
  • 1 cup good chili powder like Gebharts
  • 1 tablespoon Ancho chili powder (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon oregano leaves crushed between your fingers
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ cup Wondra Flour
  • ¼ cup masa
  • water


  • Using your hands, crumble the ground meat into a large pot, cover with water to about 1 inch over. Mix in the spices. Put the pot on the stove over medium-high heat and bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer slowly for 1 hour. Turn the heat off to allow the fat to rise to the top of the pan, skim off as much fat as you can (in my case I got almost a coffee can full :-) ). Once the fat is removed, mix the flour and masa together with enough water to form a liquid paste. Bring the chili back to a simmer and add the flour/masa mixture; simmer for 10 minutes. If the chili is not thick enough for your liking, add more flour and masa mixed with water until it's where you like it to be. You can also leave it looser and tighten it up with each use, depending on what you are using it for. Taste and adjust seasonings. Freeze unused portions for future use.


Serving: 1gSodium: 637mgFiber: 2gCholesterol: 81mgCalories: 274kcalTrans Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 6gFat: 17gProtein: 26gCarbohydrates: 5g
Keyword chili gravy, Cincinnati chili, hot dog chili sauce
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