My family and I just finished making the big move from Chicago to San Diego but before we left we visited our favorite Tapas restaurant for a farewell dinner one last time.  It reminded me of the last time we moved from Michigan to Illinois and we stopped by my most favorite little hot dog joint - Yesterdog.  Yesterdog was actually the inspiration to Dog Years in the American Pie movies.  It’s located in Eastown, Grand Rapids and has been around since the 1970′s.  They have the BEST, I repeat, THE BEST hot dogs in the world!  Their special ‘chili sauce’ is so superb that you can actually grab a fork and dig in sans the hot dog!  My favorite Yesterdog is the cheddardog - straight up chili and cheese - YUM!  Now, Yesterdog’s chili recipe is closely guarded.  No one knows the exact recipe so I’ve come up with my best impression.  I must say, it turned out pretty darn yummy!

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb certified organic ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp ‘clean’ prepared mustard
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/4 cup no salt added tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup ketchup (see recipe here)
  • 1-2 tsp hot sauce (optional, tabasco works great here)
  • 1/3 cup ‘clean’ shredded cheese of your choice (optional)
  • 8 ‘clean’ hot dog buns (I use Ezekiel sprouted grain hot dog buns)
  • 8 certified organic hot dogs

Preparation:

  1. In a large skillet over medium high heat add ground beef and cook for 10-15 minutes until nicely brown.  Drain meat and return to the skillet.

    Add onions to browned meat and cook for 5 minutes

  2. Add the onions to the meat mixture and cook for an additional 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  3. Stir in the mustard, vinegar, worcestershire sauce, garlic salt, tomato sauce, ketchup and hot sauce (if using). Mix well and reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered, for 35 to 40 minutes.  (Depending on your desired consistency you may want to add in a bit more vinegar if you’d like a thinner sauce.)
  4. To serve top each hot dog and bun with 1/3 cup chili sauce and a sprinkle of your favorite cheese.

Nutritional Info:

Makes 8 servings.

Serving size 1 chili dog.

Nutrients per serving:  Calories: 388.5, Cal. from Fat: 134, Total Fat: 15.5g, Sat. Fat: 4.5g, Carbs: 38g, Fiber: 6g, Sugars: 1.5g, Protein: 25g, Sodium: 668mg, Chol: 59mg

Notes:

Any leftover chili sauce can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

This chili sauce is also wonderful on top of  a plate of ‘clean’ tortilla chips, melted cheese and a bit of onion.

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