New York(ish) Chili Sauce

06aChiliSauceAddBeansbfLOYeh, so, this recipe is based on an authentic (is there such a thing?) New York chili sauce used over hot dogs – or are they Coneys? Of course, most of the recipes on the interwebs for chili sauce topped hot dogs seem to be from here in the Mid-West, so who’s to say what is ‘authentic’?

My version started veering away from its upstate New York origins when I discovered that, while I was out of my home made chili powder, I had more than enough of my Cajun seasoning to do the deed.

01ChiliSauceSeasoningsbfLOAfter that, I just kinda went my own way (tho’ the cinnamon was in the original recipe), even adding some black beans because, well, why not? I ended up with a quite nice pot o’ chili sauce – tho’ Rich thought at first it had a bit too much of a kick, so be forewarned and mebbe adjust your seasonings – or just use that chili powder to start with.

•Olive oil
•1 lb ground beef
•1/2 large sweet onion, diced
•1 tsp salt
•1 tsp black pepper
•2 tbsp Cajun seasoning (or chili powder)
•1 tsp crushed red pepper
•1/4 tsp oregano
•1/4 tsp cinnamon
•1 tsp paprika
03aBeefAddSeasoningsbfLO•1 (6oz) can tomato paste
•2 qts (8 cups) of water
•1 tbsp sugar
•1 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
•1 tbsp yellow mustard (think French’s)
•1 (15.5 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
•1 tbsp sugar (optional)

Heat a bit of olive oil in a large pan over medium-high heat, then add the ground beef and onion.

05aChiliSauceSimmerbfLOCook until the beef is mostly done and the onion tender, then add the salt, pepper, seasoning, crushed red pepper, oregano, cinnamon, and paprika.

Cook until the meat is completely done, then stir in the tomato paste, which has been dissolved in two quarts of water, one tablespoon of the sugar, Worcestershire, and the yellow mustard.

Bring to a bowl, then reduce the heat and simmer for 90 minutes until the sauce is reduced.

06aChiliSauceAddBeansbfLOAdd the black beans and cook for another 30 minutes.

Take a taste.

Whew! Spicy!

– well, mine was, and Rich, who is used to my seasoning now thought it was, mebbe, a touch too spicy, so I added another tablespoon of sugar and let it simmer for another 30 minutes.


Still, ermmm, zippy, but this sauce will be perfect to be ladled over hot dogs with freshly minced onion, and mebbe some tomatoes and cheese and stuff; or…

I started this sauce with a plan.

A plan to make…

chili dog casserole.

How was it? It was good.

Details, tomorrow.

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