Sunday, May 5, 2013

Texas Hot Wiener Sauce

Hot dogs and hamburgers.  With friends firing up their grills and stoking their campfires, they're almost unavoidable at this time of year.

If you're going to HAVE to eat a hot dog, may I suggest trying my mother's recipe for Texas Hot Wiener sauce? And trust me, I know!  I've tried unsuccessfully over the years to change the name; it's just too ingrained.

So here are the ingredients you will need:

1 pound ground beef
2 medium onions, chopped
1 tsp. ground cayenne
1 tsp. chili powder
2 cups ketchup

Brown the ground beef with the chopped onions.

Stir in the cayenne, chili powder, and ketchup.

Cover the entire concoction with water.

Simmer uncovered until desired consistency.  Depending on how much water you added, this may take an hour or so.

To satisfy that side of you that insists on the finest of nutrition, be sure to prepare your plate with plenty of greens and fresh fruit before adding your Texas Hot Wiener.

Over the years of gathering friends and family for meals around the campfire, I've had countless requests for this recipe.  And over the years, we've learned that it's best to avoid breathing on anyone for the rest of the evening.

Update for all you wienie connoisseurs out there: Yes, the lack of certain spices in this recipe disqualify it from making a true Texas Hot Wiener, but it's still super yummy!

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