1.5 pounds ground beef (preferable 20% fat, 80% lean)
1 large yellow onion
15 ounces tomato sauce
6 ounces tomato paste
2 tablespoons ketchup
2 tablespoons mustard
1 teaspoon salt + additional salt to taste
2 teaspoons pepper + additional pepper to taste
2 teaspoons onion powder
1 tablespoon garlic powder
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 cup water
8 beef hot dogs
8 hot dog buns
2 tablespoons flour
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons butter
8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
1 teaspoon Cholula hot sauce
In a large saucepan, brown your ground beef on a medium high heat. Chop up the ground meat with a spatula or wooden spoon as it’s cooking to ensure that it is a very fine texture when finished.
In a food processor or blender, blend up onion until it is a very fine paste. If you have trouble getting this very fine, you can add a bit of water while blending. Add onions to the meat once it is browned and simmer with the meat for a few minutes or until the raw edge of the onion is cooked down.
Next, add your tomato paste, cumin, chili powder, onion powder, garlic powder, 1 teaspoon of salt and 2 teaspoons of pepper. Stir together and cook for 3 more minutes.
Add in your ketchup, mustard, and tomato sauce. Add in your water at this time as well, and simmer, uncovered, for 1 hour or until you are pleased with the mesh of flavors.
Once your chili is almost ready, get your butter melting in a small sauce pan on medium low heat. Once melted, add in your flour and whisk for 2 minutes until raw flour taste is cooked out. Add in your mile slowly while whisking to reduce the chance of lumps. Once this has been combined and there are no lumps, simmer this on low heat still, for 3 minutes or until thickened slightly.
Now, turn off your heat and slowly add your cheddar cheese to your milk/butter/flour mixture while stirring. Once the cheese has melted into the sauce and is smooth, add in your Cholula hot sauce. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Boil hot dogs until they are done, then serve them in buns, topped with your chili, cheese sauce and other toppings of your choice (diced onion, mustard, pickle relish, etc!)